10 Things to Know About Gethsemane Episcopal Church

  1. We’re glad you’re here! We extend God’s peace to you.
  2. We want you to feel at ease. Visiting a church can sometimes feel a bit stressful. But relax — you needn’t worry about doing anything “wrong.” Just participate as much or as little as you’d like. If you’d like to simply observe, that’s fine.
  3. New to the Episcopal Church? As part of the the 500-year-old Anglican Communion, we’re sometimes called the via media — or the “middle way” — between Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions. If you come from either of these, you’ll find portions of our service familiar.
  4. You’ll find three books in your pew — the Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal 1982, and Lift Every Voice & Sing II. Episcopalians use these books during worship. It can look a bit complicated at first, but after a service or two it’s easy. You’ll find the order of service in your printed bulletin. Feel free to ask someone near you if you’d like some help getting started.
  5. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist twice each Sunday –at 8:00 AM and at 10:00 AM. The first is a quiet, reflective service with no music. The second service is a Choral Eucharist with our choirs and hymns. You are welcome at all services.
  6. Children are welcome at all Gethsemane services! If children get noisy or need a break — just exit the sanctuary out the doors in the front right corner of the church, which lead to restrooms and our nursery upstairs. You’ll also find toys, activities, and Sunday bulletins for smaller kids in the family area on the right side of the sanctuary.
  7. You can come early, stay late — or both. We offer occasional education programs for adults and children after Sunday services, as well as hospitality with terrific coffee and refreshments following the 10:00 service. Children’s sermons take place during the service.
  8. We’d like to help you find your way around. You’ll find restrooms upstairs in the Parish Hall (south section of the building). More restrooms are located downstairs. We have some parking in the alley between the church buildings, but we reserve it for people with mobility challenges. Ask anyone for help.
  9. We invite you to learn more about us. Sign the Guest Book inside the main entrance. Take your time in exploring this website. Visit us on Facebook. Give us a call. Whether you’re interested in becoming a member of Gethsemane, searching for your spiritual home, wondering about programs, helping us serve others, looking for a place to plan your wedding — anything — we’ll connect you with the right person.
  10. Come again! For more than 150 years, from all directions and for all kinds of reasons, people have come through the doors of Gethsemane for the first time. We’re thankful if today that person is you. If you’ve already been, we hope you’ll join us again soon.