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We understand visiting a new church can be an intimidating experience. Our hope is to provide a warm, friendly, open environment where you will feel genuinely welcomed. We also hope you get the most out of your experience here with us at St. Philip’s.
What Will My Kids Do?
Children are the lifeblood and the future of our church. We have specific worship and instructional programs available for them. We hope to re-establish the Nursery and In-Person Sunday School soon. We will have a nursery during the 10:30 am worship service. The nursery is not just babysitting. It’s a Sunday School for young children. For our older kids, we will have a Sunday School during the 10:30 am worship service.
8 am or 10:30 am: Which service should I attend?
That’s a great question! The 8 am service has no music and tends to be about 50 minutes long. There is less “getting together” after this service than there is after the 10:30 am service. There is also an Adult Sunday School in the parish hall afterwards. It’s pretty easy to slide in there after the service with a cup of coffee in hand.
As we said before, there is an Adult Sunday School after the 8 am service. It’s from 9 am to 10 am. We have a choir member who makes sure we stop on time – every time. We usually cover the gospel reading for that Sunday although the Holy Spirit sometimes directs off that topic onto other discussions.
The 10:30 am Service
This service has music with our choir in the loft. The services are a bit longer and end at about 11:50 am. Our music is a mix of traditional Episcopal hymns, African American gospel, and contemporary Christian music. Both our services are great!
What Is the Worship Service Like?
We are a typical Episcopal church but we’re a little different than other Episcopal churches in Richmond. We have the “smells and bells” along with a fondness for liturgical vestments and an adherence to the Book of Common Prayer. However, we know our world is changing and we are discerning how to adapt, as the Church has always done, to the fast-changing culture of our day. We sing a mix of centuries old European hymns, traditional black spirituals, and contemporary spiritual music. You will hear preaching that can be pastoral and comforting. You will also hear preaching that is provocative and challenging.
First and foremost, everyone is welcome. We know the welcoming, accepting nature of Jesus and try to emulate that same spirit with everyone we encounter – regardless of your beliefs or background. We are honored to have you here and our worship is deeper because of your presence. Please do not feel like you have to dress up – wear whatever clothing is comfortable for you. Most people here dress up however as Jesus says, come as you are.