Entering the Sanctuary
There are two ways to enter the church. If you enter through the parking lot off Woodland Road and go up the stairs, turn left at the top of the stairs and enter the sanctuary. For the 8 o’clock service, you will turn left again and sit in the choir chairs. For other services, you will turn right upon entering the church. For the Family Service and the 10:30 a.m. service, many people use the main entrance facing Ridgewood Road.
Children are warmly welcomed at all worship services at St. George’s!
What to expect
The 8 a.m. service is an intimate and meditative service of Holy Eucharist held in the choir behind the altar. There is no music at this service, but the lessons and sermon are identical to what is heard at the later service. During Advent and Lent, the service uses Elizabethan (Rite I) language. The coffee hour afterwards is warm, welcoming, lively, and always has too much food!
At the Family Service at 9:15 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month, families sit in the pews. The service lasts about 45 minutes, and is participatory and filled with happy chaos. Children read lessons and lead the prayers. The music, led by children, youth, and adults, is informal and uplifting. For the children’s sermon, children gather at the front of the church. Children are again invited to surround the altar during the Eucharistic prayer. The coffee hour following is for all ages.
While more formal than the Family Service, the 10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist is filled with warmth and joy. For much of the year, the choir leads the music (mostly traditional hymns with occasional forays into jazz and other styles). As at the 8 o’clock service, the sermon is inspired by the lessons. In Advent and Lent, the service uses Elizabethan language, and on major Feast Days, there is incense. No Sunday is complete without a time of fellowship at the coffee hour in the Parish Hall.
About the Episcopal liturgy
The Rev. Bernard W. Poppe, St. George's former rector, is also a former history teacher. You can read his step-by-step description of the historical roots of the Episcopal liturgy here. As for the beliefs and governance of the Episcopal Church, Fr. Poppe preached an extended sermon in which he described the development of the church from the time of the early Christians. That sermon, titled "Episcopal Church 101," was captured on video and turned into four illustrated clips, which can be viewed here.