“Help! I’m new! What do I do? What if I…?”
Relax! God loves you as you are and so do we!
Here are some tips about the service for newcomers:
- There is a bulletin that tells you what we are doing: it has the outline of the service; the readings from the Bible; special prayers and announcements.
- We use a prayer book, called The Book of Common Prayer that has the text of the service and we use a variety of hymnals. All books are in the pews. Page numbers are in the bulletin and will be announced.
- There are two main parts to each service with a break in between.
Part 1: The Service of the Word with prayers, scripture, hymns and a sermon.
Then there’s a Break where we all greet each other and share God’s Peace
Part 2: The Eucharist, also known as Communion or The Lord’s Supper
Everyone is invited, but not required, to come to the altar rail to take communion or receive a blessing. Just cross your arms across your chest if you would only like a blessing or a prayer. You will be offered a wafer and wine for sipping or dipping. You may take wine and/or the wafer and gluten free wafers are available; just ask the usher or the celebrant. If it is difficult for you to come to the altar rail, just remain in your seat and it will be brought to you.
Incense is used at the 8 a.m. service during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. For those with allergies, we use allergy-free incense and air out the church after using it.
Miscellaneous Questions you may have:
Where are the restrooms? There are two bathrooms in the hallway to the parish hall. Take the walkway to the porch and enter through the door straight ahead. Both restrooms are marked and are gender neutral.
Where do I park my vehicle? We use the lot in front of the church and any spaces to the right of the church. In the front lot we park with one car behind the other. After church we coordinate the spaces so everyone can leave who wants to leave. When we have lots of cars we have permission to park across the street.
When is the church open? The church is always open for prayer and reflection.
When is the church office open? Our secretary, Jasmine Berg, is here on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Pastor Sally is often in the office and would be glad to talk with you anytime.
How do I put someone on the prayer list? There are forms in the Narthex(entryway) and in the Parish Hall. Fill out the form and put it in the prayer box inthe Narthex, in the offering plate or on the desk in the office.
What do I do in a pastoral emergency? Call the church at 301-271-4554. If no one answers leave a message or call the number given.
How do I get involved? Tell Pastor Sally you are willing to help and watch her jump for joy! Help is always appreciated!
How do I learn more about the church? Talk with Pastor Sally, she will be happy to meet with you and answer your questions. You can also talk with parishioners during fellowship time after each service. The early service has breakfast at 9:30 at Mountain Gate Restaurant from Sept-June and at approximately 11:00 a.m. in July and August. The later service has lunch or light refreshments Sept.- May.
Is the Episcopal Church Roman Catholic or Protestant? The Episcopal Church takes the ” Via Media” or middle way between Catholicism and Protestantism. The Episcopal Church’s liturgy is found in The Book of Common Prayer and is very similar to that found in Roman Catholic Churches or many Lutheran churches. Style of liturgies vary from “low-church” to “high-church” or Anglo-Catholic. Episcopal means “governed by bishops” which reflects the fact that unlike Roman Catholicism the Episcopal Church is not under Papal authority. Women have been ordained in the Episcopal Church since the 1970’s and clergy can be married.
What is a VESTRY? The vestry is a group of individuals who help the Rector care for the church building, oversee finances and act as spiritual and “hands on” leaders of the church. Our Vestry officers are: David Sweeney, Senior Warden; Joann Miller, Junior Warden; Heather Clabaugh, Treasurer; Karen Patterson, Secretary. Other vestry members are: Adonni Dennis, Temi Gaffney, Carol Haag, Fran Hennessy, Pat Plum and Debbie Sweeney.
What does the Episcopal Shield stand for? The components of the shield reflect the history of the Protestant Episcopal Church, U.S. A. and it’s growth out of the Anglican Church of England. The shield is red, white and blue, the colors found in both the flag of the U.S.A. and the flag of England. Included in red on the the shield is the cross of St. George representing the Anglican Church. There is also a Cross of St. Andrew which represents the consecration of the first American bishop by the Church of Scotland after the U. S. split from England during the Revolutionary War. The Cross of St. Andrew is made up of nine small white crosses on a blue field to symbolize the nine dioceses that united to form the Protestant Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. in 1789.
I’m interested in genealogy. How do I find out about ancestors who attended Harriet Chapel in the past? Our records are online at: bobfoutgeneology,com