What is the Worship Service like?
Our worship is a great combination of the old and the new. We love to mix centuries old liturgy, traditional hymns, and contemporary worship songs in a relaxed, joy-filled atmosphere. The music is primarily (but not always) acoustic. We believe this blended style gives you the space to enjoy God’s love for you in the way that makes you feel comfortable.
All of the service’s songs, readings, and liturgy are projected on a screen at the front of the room. This way everyone can participate. There is also a Bible at each seat, and page numbers are given so everyone can follow along as the Scripture is being read.
Here’s what a normal worship service at St. Thomas’ looks like:
- Join us early for refreshments.
- The service begins with our musicians welcoming everyone and then leading us in two or three songs. The Minister will then say an opening prayer.
- A Bible reading will come next, followed by the sermon.
- This is followed by a time to respond. First, a song is sung that helps root the message of the sermon into our hearts and minds. Then, the congregation is invited to be still to silently reflect and pray. This time ends with a prayer of confession said by the entire congregation.
- A time to greet each other, make announcements, and make an offering come next.
- This is followed by Communion. Each row is invited to come forward to receive the bread and the wine from the pastor in the front. Communion wafers and real wine are served from a common plate and cup.
- The service ends with a closing prayer and a song.
The service takes about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Who may take Communion?
Everyone who has been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and has trusted in Christ for their salvation is welcome to take communion. This is true regardless of their denominational background.
How is Communion Served?
We have a common plate and common cup. The bread is offered as a wafer handed to you by clergy. The wine is offered in a common cup that everyone sips from and is administered by a clergyman or lay person. The cup is wiped clean after each person drinks.
What about Kids?
St. Thomas’ loves young people of all ages, and they are very welcome at St. Thomas’. As such, children of any age are welcome to sit with their parents during the service. We have “kid’s packets” available with activities for young children that can be picked up at the entrance.
We also provide the following ministries to serve children and their parents:
- Nursery ages 0-3
We provide a fully staffed and stocked nursery for infants and toddlers. The volunteer staff is well trained and qualified, and LOVES to take care of your smallest ones. The nursery is located adjacent to the Worship space and is available for the duration of the service.
- Grace Time grades 4k-3rd
During the Sermon and Reflection portions of the service, we invite children in this age range to attend a lesson shaped specifically for them. These lessons are taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum and are taught by trained adult volunteers. The children are then returned to the main worship service before Communion.
- 4th Grade +
We encourage older children to remain in worship with their parents. This allows parents and children to share the same worship experience. In addition, we provide Life Groups for our older children to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus. These are held on Sunday afternoons.
What happens after the Service?
When our worship service is finished, you are free to leave. If you can, we encourage you to stick around and chat with other St. Thomas’ patrons, especially people you haven’t met. This can be one of our richest relationship times.
What do I wear?
The simple answer is “whatever you feel comfortable wearing.” While the majority of people (adults and children) will be wearing casual clothes (shorts and skirts in the summer, jeans in the winter), some who attend are more comfortable wearing more “traditional” church clothes. No matter what you wear, chances are someone will be dressed like you.