Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!
Let us welcome everyone and everything that comes to us today.
The Spirit of God welcomes you; no one is a stranger.
We are gathered as one community of friendship in Jesus Christ, our Companion, our Compass and our Lord. Amen
Whether you are just visiting or looking for a church to call home, we welcome you.
The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome. It is our hope that you will feel Christ's presence as you worship with us.
We welcome all newcomers and visitors no matter who they are. Some come to us from other Christian traditions, some from other faiths and some with no religious experience at all.
Wherever you find yourself on your spiritual journey, Church of the Holy Spirit can be the soft place where you can fall, the warm place in your heart you can call home and the loving place where you can worship with people who will care for you unconditionally.
If you are new to the Episcopal Church, you'll discover that our worship style is very interactive and participatory. When you come through the main doors of our church you'll enter a gathering place we call the Narthex. We use a bulletin and the Book of Common Prayer as guides for worship. You'll hear people responding during the service and you'll see people sitting, standing and kneeling depending on whether we are learning listening, singing or praying. Everything we do is indicated in the bulletin. Please don't feel awkward or embarrassed if you don't keep up - just do what you are comfortable with and, if you'd like help, the people near you would be happy to assist...just ask. Savor the richness and beauty of worship and try not to worry too much about the details. The important thing is that you are here....all of us were newcomers once.
Newcomers to Holy Spirit and others interested in an overview of the Episcopal expression of Christianity are invited to attend the Adult Inquirer's Class held twice a year. This class begins with a "Welcoming Breakfast". Led by Father Phil, the class explores church history, church customs, the Bible and more. Contact the Church Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 908-236-6301 for more information.
There are a variety of social functions throughout the year at Holy Spirit to help newcomers become better acquainted with others. Potluck Dinners, Youth Group Lock-Ins, musical events and many more. Check the church calendar and the up-coming events link for updates.