Coming to any church for the first time, or returning after a time away, can be daunting. We want you to know you are welcome in this place, you are welcome at God’s table. We hope this answers some of your preliminary questions.
Where are you located?
Our street address is 310 W. 17th St, but parking and the main entrance to the Cathedral are on Spring Street. Find more information about parking and accessibility here.
What time should I get there and what should I wear?
Our Sunday morning services are at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. and last about 45 minutes to an hour. We also offer Evensong at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, as well as Morning Prayer and Healing Eucharist during the week. Find out more about the worship and music of each service here.
To have time to settle in, we recommend coming about 15 minutes early to get a service bulletin, find a seat, and listen to the musical prelude. There’s not a dress code, wear what makes you comfortable!
Running late? That’s ok! The double red doors on Spring Street open into the back of the church, while the ramp door in the courtyard and 17th Street door open into the front of the church. The doors may be closed, but are unlocked and service bulletins will be on a small table at each entrance so you can still join us.
Who can I ask for guidance or help?
Our team of door greeters and ushers are located at the entrances to pass out service bulletins, direct foot traffic, and answer any questions you may have.
Feel free to fill out a visitor card, located on the back of the pew in front of you. Drop it in the offering plate or hand to one of the ushers as they come by. This lets us know a little bit more about you and what you’re looking for in a church home.
After the service, tour guides are available (you can meet them at the back of the sanctuary) to take a quick 5 minute tour around the building to learn more about its history and the “why” behind its architecture.
Of course, any of our clergy or church staff are available to assist with any questions you may have by contacting the church office at 501-372-0294, Monday-Friday 9-5 p.m.
What is worship like?
The Episcopal Church comes out of the Anglican liturgical tradition; we use the Book of Common Prayer. Our service is a combination of listening to scripture and a sermon, responding with song and prayer. The second half of the service is Holy Communion which be believe is the symbol of our membership in Christ’s Body in the world.
When do I stand, sit, and kneel?
We stand for hymns, the Gospel proclamation, and the Creed. We sit to listen to other scripture readings and the sermon.We kneel (as able) for the confession of sins and during prayers (the Eucharistic prayer and Prayers of the People) both standing and kneeling are appropriate. Cues for these transitions are italicized in the service bulletin.
Who can take Communion and how do I receive it?
The sacrament of Holy Communion, or Eucharist, is open to anyone. We believe Holy Eucharist is an outward and visible sign (the bread and the wine) of an inward and spiritual grace (participation in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).
To take Communion, an usher will come to your pew when it is time to approach the altar. If you cannot manage the steps, please let them know and the clergy will bring Communion to you. To receive the Bread, place one had over the other, palms up, and extend them to the minister distributing the bread. To receive the Wine, assist the minister in guiding the cup to your lips. You may also dip the Bread in the cup or choose not to receive the Wine at all. You are also invited to come to the altar to receive a blessing instead of the elements. Simply cross your arms against your chest and the minister will impart a blessing.
What about fellowship and formation?
Between the 9:00 and 11:15 services, we offer various classes and fellowship opportunities. Coffee and breakfast are served in Morrison Hall from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and adult classes break out into various classroom spaces during the Formation Hour. Details about what each class is discussing that day and where they are located can be found in the insert in your service bulletin. Classes are in the Cathedral House and Morrison Hall at the end of the courtyard.
I have young children, what is offered for them on Sundays?
Families with young children are welcomed and encouraged to worship together during the Eucharist. Children may also participate in the “Children’s Liturgy” by following the cross after the scripture readings. If your little one needs a way to stay engaged, there are activity books and crayons at the back of the church, and nursery care is open and available from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
During the Formation hour between services, our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is offered for ages 3-5th grade.
Read more about our Youth Programs for teens.
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