Where can I park?
The main, small lot is in front of the church at the corner of 5th and Woodland,
with an entrance off Woodland St. There is a second, larger,
overflow parking lot with an entrance just a few yards further up from the first parking lot on Woodland St.
Is the church building handicapped accessible?
Is there childcare?
We have child care every Sunday during for worship and Sunday school and for other activities of the church whenever possible.
Is there a dress code?
Dress is an individual decision. There is no dress code!
How long is the service?
A typical Sunday worship service is between 60-75 minutes long
What should I expect when I attend a service at St. Ann's?
When you arrive,someone should greet you near the entrance into our worship area and give you an order of worship and a blue hymnal for use during the service.
What happens during a service at St. Ann's?
A few minutes before the service begins you will hear a short piece of music called the “Prelude.”
This is usually a piece of instrumental music.
The service will typically start with a hymn that the whole congregation will sing while standing.
During the hymn there will be an entrance procession of those serving on the altar.
This includes the acolyte, choir, the deacon, a chalice bearer for Communion and the priest.
The service consists of congregational singing, anthems sung by our choir, readings from the Bible, prayers, a sermon, reciting of the Nicene Creed.
Holy Communion follows when the bread and wine are consecrated and distributed to those in attendance.
Am I permitted to have Communion if not a member?
The church’s teaching is that those who are baptized in any denomination are welcome to receive the bread and wine.
With that said, no one is checking ID’s at the altar rail.
If a person is moved by the Holy Spirit and has an understanding of the Lord’s Supper then the decision is up to the individual.
However, it is recommended that if a person continues to attend that you discuss membership with our priest.
What is the music like?
We sing mostly from the 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church and other hymnal supplements of the Episcopal Church that reflect different styles of worship music.
Music for worship is arranged according to seasons of the church - Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.
These seasons represent themes in the life of Jesus and the biblical church.
Some songs might be quite familiar to you (such as songs located in the Christmas section) while many others may be new to you.
In the Episcopal Church the parishioners do a fair amount of singing alongside the choir, so it's easy to learn the music.
Will I do a lot of kneeling and standing?
At St. Ann's we do not have “kneelers”
During the service the congregation will be asked to stand at certain times for prayers, to recite a statement of belief and to sing -but do this only if you are able.
Is there anything during the Episcopal Church worship which may embarrass me or make me feel uncomfortable?
There are two moments in the service that might be more challenging for shy people.
First, is “Passing of the Peace.” People greet each other exchanging the Peace in the name of God.
Most people shake hands or even hug the people immediately seated around them.
Some people will even cross the room to greet other people in their joyfulness.
It is perfectly fine to refrain from giving or accepting hugs or to just keep to yourself until you feel more comfortable.
Second, during the announcements the priest welcomes visitors to the church.
The priest invites first time visitors to stand to allow parishioners to acknowledge their presence as a visitor.
Standing at this time is voluntary. You will not be singled out, asked to say anything or come forward to speak.
By acknowledging our visitors helps us to offer greetings and hospitality after the service.
We hope that this warm welcome will allow you to feel at home at St. Ann's and consider coming back again
Do I have to give the church money when I attend?
No. Making a financial offering is completely voluntary and should be done freely.
All donations that are not designated are used for the programs and ministries of the congregation in our current operating budget.
Are there other ways I can give and offer help out besides contributing money?
Certainly. The Episcopal Church values the giving of time and talent in volunteering for programs and outreach efforts of the parish.
You are welcome to learn more about volunteering your time and talent by talking with our priest.