Inside of Church

What to Expect

A list of frequently asked questions is below. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of the clergy!

What are the differences between Sunday services?

In the summer, we have two morning services. The 8 a.m. Rite II Communion service has traditional organ music. It takes place in the chapel and lasts about an hour. The 10 a.m. Rite II Communion service also has traditional organ music as well as choir. It takes place in the church and lasts about an hour. Our 5 p.m. service is the same year round.

August - May, our services follow the below formats:

Our 7:30 a.m. Rite I Communion service uses older-style, traditional language and is without music. It takes place in the chapel and lasts about 45 minutes.

Our 9 a.m. Rite II Communion service has contemporary music led by the praise band. It takes place in the church and lasts about an hour.

Our 11 a.m. Rite II Communion service has traditional music led by the organ and choirs. It takes place in the church and lasts about an hour.

Our 5 p.m. Rite II Communion service is informal (casual attire) and is without music. It takes place in the chapel and lasts about 45 minutes.

What should I wear?

During the Sunday morning services (7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.), dress tends towards business or business-casual attire, with many men wearing jackets (with or without a tie). The afternoon service (5 p.m.) is more casual. Whatever your preference, we hope to see you on a Sunday and welcome you in whatever you choose to wear!

Where should I sit?

Please sit wherever you are comfortable. The ushers are happy to help you with any special needs or seating requirements you may have, including wheelchairs and devices for the hearing impaired.

What can I expect?

We understand that some prefer to remain inconspicuous when they visit a church for the first time, and we will not ask you to stand or otherwise make yourself known. We do hope you’ll introduce yourself to one of the clergy in the receiving line after the service, and we truly hope that you feel welcome! There are visitor cards in each of the pews – if you complete one of those, someone will be in touch with you very soon after.  We hope to see you!

Is there a nursery?

Yes. Please click here to view information about care and enrichment for our children during services.

How long are the services?

Typically, Sunday worship takes about an hour for the 9 and 11 a.m. services in the church, and 45 minutes (no music) for the 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. services in the chapel.

What if I am not an Episcopalian?

That’s ok! All are welcome and encouraged to participate. You can follow the service in the service leaflet, which usually contains everything you need. Or if you prefer, you can also use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which is located in our pews.

May I receive Communion?

All baptized Christians—no matter age or denomination—are welcome to participate in Holy Communion. Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing.

Is there a class for newcomers?

Yes. In the weeks leading up to Bishop Howard’s annual spring visitation there is a class designed to prepare adults for Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church, but it is open to all who want to know more about the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition. The series is taught by the clergy of St. Mark’s, and anyone is welcome to attend any or all of the classes.