Welcome to Holy Family!
Here’s a look at what a visit to church is like on a typical (pre-pandemic) Sunday morning. While certain things like childcare, coffee hour, and communion wine are temporarily on hold, the joy of the #holyvillage community still comes shining through. All are welcome!
As you enter the double red doors from the parking lot, you’ll be greeted by a volunteer in our Narthex (lobby) space. Episcopal Churches traditionally have red doors. Historically the red doors of a church were a symbol of sanctuary – a place where a soldier could not pursue an enemy. The red signified the blood of Jesus Christ who came to save all who took refuge in him. People who passed through the red doors were safe. At Holy Family, all are welcome.
The Narthex space is warm and inviting. You are encouraged to hang up your coat, take a bulletin from the welcome desk or greeter, and grab a cup of coffee if you like. Restrooms are available down the hall from the Narthex. You are welcome to enter our sanctuary space as you are ready. Childcare is available for infants (and children through first grade during summer months) during our 10 AM service and is located in our education wing. An usher will be happy to assist you in finding the appropriate rooms. For those who wish to keep their children with them during the service, books and coloring supplies are available at the welcome desk near the entrance doors..
You are encouraged to participate in Holy Family’s worship services by following along in the printed bulletin. Music at the 10 AM service is chosen from hymnals that are provided in each row – simply follow the bulletin to help make a joyful noise. During our exchange of peace, many people like to stand up and walk around to shake hands or hug each other. You are invited to participate as you feel comfortable. Holy Family really is just like a big family, so be ready for warm smiles and happy hearts.
All baptized Christians who welcome Jesus Christ into their lives are invited to come forward for Communion. The ushers will direct you toward the front where we line up to receive freshly-baked bread and real wine. For those who wish to receive a blessing instead of Communion, simply place your hands across your chest to indicate your preference. A gluten-free alternative is available.
Following each service, you are invited to visit with the clergy as you leave the sanctuary. There are several members of the church staff who would love to assist you – you can find their smiling faces by clicking HERE. Look for the blue nametags! Hospitality and fellowship time are provided in the Narthex and/or parish hall. Please take a blue folder of materials from the welcome desk that reflect many of the programs and ministries at Holy Family. You are encouraged to fill out a welcome card located on small clipboards on the back of our sanctuary chairs or this online welcome card. You may also contact Holy Family ONLINE. Thank you for being part of Holy Family today!
Holy Family seeks to bear witness to the Light of Christ by serving as the
heart and hands of Jesus, nourishing people and transforming lives.