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Since visiting any church for the first time can be a little intimidating, we’ve put together the following information that we hope will answer your questions and reduce any anxiety that you may have about what to expect when you visit Saint Nicholas.
Worship is usually about an hour long. All ages attend our Sunday morning services; everyone is welcome to attend!
Services begin at 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM. You'll find plenty of parking, including handicapped spaces in front of and beside the church. The building is fully wheelchair-accessible. There is a coat rack right inside the door and restrooms at the end of the main hallway. Greeters and ushers in the the Lobby will give you a bulletin, gladly answer any questions you have, find you a seat, and help you if you need assistance. You may be asked to provide your name and contact information so that we can stay in touch with you. We will greet you with smiles and handshakes, and welcome you to worship with us while respecting that your relationship with the Lord is a personal matter, and that your attendance is not for our benefit but for the uplifting of our God.
Everything you need in order to follow the service is in the bulletin. There's no need to juggle multiple books and papers - even the songs are included! LARGE-PRINT versions of the bulletin are available upon request. The pastor or worship assistants will give directions for any special presentations or intercessions, and the choir helps lead the congregation with any responsive reading. You can drop-off your copy of the bulletin in our recycling basket located by the door as you exit.
What should I wear?
God accepts us as we are - no matter who we are, what we do, or how we dress. We do not have a dress code. Worshipers at Saint Nicholas wear anything from jeans and t-shirts, to slacks and golf shirts, to suits and ties. Please wear whatever you feel is most comfortable for you in this setting.
What about the kids?
Child care is available during all services for infants and toddlers in our staffed nursery rooms down the hall. During the 10:00 AM service, there will be a Children's Sermon after which children are invited to head to the North Wing for Sunday School. They'll return to the sanctuary prior to communion. If you need to take your child out of the sanctuary during the service, you can still listen to the service on the speakers in the fellowship hall or in the nursery.
What about the offering?
After the sermon, offering plates will be passed around. There will also be a QR code in the bulletin which can be scanned to access a donation page on our website. The offering is an opportunity for our regular members to actively respond to all God has given them by freely giving to support his church through the ministries at Saint Nicholas. We certainly do not expect or require visitors to put anything in the offering plate, though you are welcome to if you like.
Can I take Communion, and how does it work?
All who are baptized are welcome to receive Holy Communion. This gift is itself the real presence of God's forgiveness and mercy. After the sermon and the offering, you will be invited forward by the pastor who will hand you a wafer and say "The body of Christ, given for you." You may say Amen. Next you are offered wine (first chalice) or juice (second chalice) by an assistant who will say "The blood of Christ, shed for you." You'll dip the wafer into the wine or juice. If you wish to take communion but are unable to walk to the front of the church, just notify the usher, and the pastor will bring the bread and wine to you.
What happens after the service?
The pastor greets everyone as they exit the worship space. To the left of the worship space is the Fellowship Hall where everyone is welcome to enjoy coffee, pastries, and conversation. Sunday School is taught in our adjacent building, the North Wing, at 9:30 AM. Several adult studies are available.