From September thru May there are two worship services on Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30am. Worship is Holy Communion Rite II with choir, music group and organ. Children's Church and nursery care is available during worship. St. Thomas' choir and music group are known for their excellence in voice and performance.
What If I have children?
Our nursery is located just to the right of our Parish Hall. The nursery is a bright, cheerful and clean room that has a Noah's Ark theme painted on the walls. Cribs are available for newborns and plenty of toys for toddlers. The nursery is staffed each Sunday by wonderful caring volunteers from the parish. View our beautiful nursery here.
Children's Church is available during the first-half of our main worship each Sunday. Children's Church is used as a timely worship experience, creative learning and fellowship for our younger members.
Visitors are warmly welcomed at all worship services and classes. Come and see!
What To Expect When You Visit St Thomas.
When you visit St. Thomas you will experience acceptance, hospitality and the love of Christ. Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship. The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion or Mass. In most Episcopal churches, worship is accompanied by the singing of hymns, prayers and celebration of our risen Lord.
All worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go. The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. Approximately 70% of the Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity.
The Holy Eucharist
In spite of the diversity of worship styles in the Episcopal Church, the Communion service or Eucharistic Service always has the same components and the same shape.
We begin by praising God through song and prayer, and then listen to as many as four readings from the Bible. Usually one from the Old Testament a Psalm, something from the Epistels (letters written to the ancient church) and (always) a reading from the Gospels. The psalm is recited by the congregation.
During The Holy Eucharist, the Celebrant holds a plate of bread or wafers, raises his or her hands, and greets the congregation again, saying “The Lord be With You.” Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the Celebrant tells the story of our faith, from the beginning of Creation, through the choosing of Israel to be God’s people, through our continual turning away from God, and God’s calling us to return. Finally, the Celebrant tells the story of the coming of Jesus Christ, and about the night before his death, on which he instituted the Eucharistic meal (communion) as a continual remembrance of him.
The Celebrant blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord's Prayer. Finally, the Celebrant breaks the bread and offers it to the congregation, as the “gifts of God for the People of God.”
The congregation then shares the bread and the wine. The people all come forward to receive the bread and wine; those not baptized or not wishing to receive the bread and wine come forward and receive a blessing. This is indicated by crossing your arms over your chest.
Everyone is Welcome
Everyone is welcome at our service, and all baptized Christian -- no matter age, marital status or denomination—are welcome to “receive communion.” Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. If you are feeling hungry for the sacrament, speak with the priest about being baptized!
Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the Celebrant or Deacon. Indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest.
At the end of the Eucharist, the congregation prays once more in thanksgiving, and then is dismissed to continue the life of service to God and to the World.
Please sign the guest book and head to the parish hall to enjoy a cup of coffee, snacks and conversation!