Welcome to the Episcopal Church! Here you will find a widely diverse group of people, made up of Christians who try to live their lives with integrity and purpose, serving God, each other, and the world. Theologically, we travel the “via media,” or “middle way,” between the Roman Catholic and Protestant faith traditions. On the one hand, we are liturgical and sacramental, meaning that we celebrate the Holy Eucharist (Mass, Lord’s Supper) every week with scripture, song, and Holy Communion. On the other hand, we do not have a pope, we do have male, female and married clergy, and we are part of the Anglican Communion—a worldwide association of churches in full communion with the Church of England. As to the big question: “Are we liberal or conservative?” the answer is Yes! The Episcopal Church, although widely viewed as a progressive denomination due to our openness to the LGBT community, still embraces members from across the political spectrum, and members of our church find their point of unity at the communion rail—not through strict adherence to a particular doctrine. So although we are grounded in Scripture and believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we make room for the countless ways people believe in and live out their faith. And Emmanuel is no exception! We welcome all people to our church, and pray that you may find a place in this lively and joyful Body of Christ.
Do you believe in the Bible? Yes! The Bible is the history of God’s relationship with God’s people, and from it we learn how we are to live, serve, and love one another. Do we believe it is literally, historically, and factually true? There are some Episcopalians who do, and many who don’t. But we all believe that the Bible transcends the modern idea of scientific, factual truth and contains a message that is to transform our lives. Scripture shapes and forms us as followers of Jesus Christ, inspiring and guiding us to live as He did, and to love others as He loves us. Therefore, Scripture is an important part of our worship, our study and our sermons, and it is at the heart of all we do.
Can I receive communion in the Episcopal Church? Yes! All are welcome at the table, regardless of denomination or marital status—the Episcopal Church does not impose the limitations that may be practiced by other denominations.
How do I join your church? Well, the best way is to show up! Worship with us on Sundays, and try some of our other classes, social activities, or service projects. Sign up for a name tag, give us your email so we can send you our newsletter, and like us on Facebook! Then, if you’d like to make it “official,” you can meet with the clergy and talk about Emmanuel and what it means to be a part of the Episcopal Church.
Do you have child care? Yes! During the program year (from September through May) there is a nursery for newborn to 3-year-olds from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In the summer the nursery opens at 9:45. Of course, it is always acceptable to have your child in worship—there are activity bags near the church entrance, and children are always welcome!
Do you have Sunday School classes? Yes! Again, during the program year, there are a variety of classes for all ages from 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. (Sunday services are at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.) Some groups study Scripture, some discuss current events, and another class discusses an eclectic selection of different topics. All are welcome!
Any other questions? Give us a call, drop us an email, or email the clergy at firstname.lastname@example.org.