What kinds of worship services do you practice?
Almost every time we meet we follow the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples at the Last Supper. We eat the bread and drink the wine that have become his body and blood. We call it the Eucharist, a Greek word for thanksgiving. We are also a Bible-based church with several readings from Holy Scripture and a sermon intended to help us understand God's expectations of us. For those persons who do not drink alcoholic beverages, the Episcopal Church teaches that to eat only the bread is full and complete communion.
I'm not an Episcopalian, so can I receive communion?
All baptized Christians are welcome at our altar. If your tradition is Catholic or Methodist, Mennonite or Orthodox, or just about any other branch of Christianity, we invite you on behalf of the Lord Jesus to receive communion. We have no outcasts at St. Alban's.
Who are your ministers?
Everyone. Lay people exercise an enormous role in worship and administrative leadership at St. Alban's. Some are elected, some are appointed. We also have bishops, priests, and deacons who are called to ordained ministry.
How do I become a member of St. Alban's?
Easy. Just start coming to church regularly. We hope you'll participate in the life of the congregation by contributing time, talent, and treasure, but that's a personal matter. Later, you may want to talk to the Rector privately about being baptized, confirmed or received, depending on your past church experience, the next step in your journey with God at St. Alban's.
As an active participant would I be able to take an active role in church organization and planning?
Absolutely. The Body of Christ is made up of many parts, all of which are integral to its best functioning. You might
- sing in the choir,
- read scripture lessons,
- serve on the worship, finance, or other committee depending on your gifts from God,
- bake the bread of the communion service,
- write articles for our news letter,
- run for office to be a member of the Vestry which is our governing council,
- teach one of our church school classes,
- or talk to the Rector about some other ministry you'd like to contribute. The possibilities are almost endless.
Each Sunday we print a worship booklet that contains all the worship service prayers and bible readings and some of the music. Ushers hand a booklet to each person at the entrance to the nave, and from the opening words to the dismissal it's just a matter of following along page to page. In the pews are hymn books worshipers pick up for singing several hymns at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
St. Alban’s is a user-friendly church that welcomes not only Episcopalians but newcomers and visitors from any or no tradition.