FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is welcome?
Everyone! We place a high value on inclusivity and especially welcome those who may have felt excluded by the church in the past, including members of the LGBT community. Our facility is handicapped-accessible, with space in the sanctuary for wheel chairs and walkers. We are kid-friendly and also welcome well-mannered dogs.
What is your service like?
We sing, listen to scripture and a sermon, pray, and share holy communion every Sunday. We worship in liturgical style with the participation of the congregation in singing and spoken responses. We observe the seasons of the church year, from Advent through All Saints. We have the entire service printed in the bulletin (which we recycle for 4-8 weeks depending on the season), except for the readings that are printed on an insert and the hymns which are in a hymnbook.
What kind style of music is most common?
We sing a wide range of hymns – traditional, contemporary, European, American, and songs from the global church. We use hymns primarily from the new Evangelical Book of Lutheran Worship (ELW). For our liturgical music, we use a variety of settings from the ELW and other sources.
What about children?
We are happy to have children in worship and encourage you to help your children participate. We have a “Children’s Message” time when all children are invited to come up to the front pew. We also recognize it’s hard for kids to sit quietly for an hour or more! So, you can find kid bags in a basket at the rear of the sanctuary with coloring and activity books for children to use during the service. There is also a nursery attendant in the Lounge behind the sanctuary to care for children 5 and younger. Parents of children over 5 may bring them to the lounge during the service for quiet play.
Who is welcome at communion?
At St. John United we understand it is Christ who invites us to the table and anyone who desires to participate is welcome. Those who choose not to receive the bread and wine/grape juice may come forward for a blessing.
What about baptism?
In the Lutheran tradition, we welcome all people to the rite of baptism – babies, children, and adults. While baptism is a once in a lifetime event, it is also a well of grace, forgiveness and renewal that we can draw upon every day. If you or your children have not been baptized, the pastor would be delighted to speak with you about the process of preparation.