Worship at St. Stephen’s
What to Expect When You Visit Us
We are so glad you have chosen to find out more about St. Stephen’s. We understand that visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. Many people who visit and join St. Stephen’s come from other denominations, and we try hard to make your first visit as comfortable as possible. We offer you these observations that may answer some questions you may have about our services.
What are the different types of services?
We use the contemporary service called Rite II in both of our morning services. Every once in a while we use what is called Rite I. The most apparent difference between Rite I and Rite II can be found in the type of language that is used. Rite I liturgies reflect a more traditional style of Anglican worship. Rite II liturgies use familiar, common English. Both of the services are Eucharistic, meaning that we have Holy Communion with bread or wafers and a common cup each Sunday. We invite all worshippers, no matter their age, to come forward to the table to share in the bread and wine.
What are the different books in the pews?
When you enter our sanctuary, an usher will give you a bulletin that guides you through the service and tells you what book to use and when. The primary service book is the Book of Common Prayer. It is the same book that is used in Episcopal services throughout the Country.
Our hymnal is used for congregational singing at both the early and later services. We sometime supplement our singing with other books or cards, but these will be identified in the bulletin as well.
Also in the pews are visitor cards. We encourage you to fill one out and put it in the offering plate when it is passed to you. Or, you can sign our visitor’s book located in the narthex (foyer). If you would like to visit with a priest, please indicate this on the card or visitor book, or phone the church office, and we’ll gladly reach out to you.
How will I know when to stand, sit, and kneel?