Questions

What does the word "Episcopal" mean?
The word "Episcopal" comes from the Greek "episkopos" which means "to be ruled by Bishops." We are members of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia and are governed by a Diocesan Bishop. We use the Book of Common Prayer in our worship which has its roots in ancient history.

What will you find at St. Paul’s?
At St. Paul’s you will find a community of faithful Christians who gather together on Sunday mornings to give praise to God. You will find our worship service to be both ancient and modern. It is grounded in Scripture and patterned after the worship of the early church, while it is made relevant for our lives today. You will find ministries available for all age groups, and we welcome you in the love of Christ.

How will I know what to do?
As you enter the church you will be given a weekly service leaflet by an usher. This will contain the order of the service, the Bible readings, news and announcements for the week ahead. The service is found in the Book of Common Prayer and the hymns in the Hymnal 1982.

What is Holy Communion?
The core of the Episcopal service is Holy Communion, also known as the Eucharist. Holy Communion is the giving out of bread and wine which has been consecrated, or made holy. It is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.

As a Visitor can I participate in Communion?
All Christians are welcome to come to the altar for communion. Please hold your hands palms up so the celebrant may place a host on your hand. You can take it into your mouth and wait for the chalice to come to you. If you desire to drink from the chalice grasp it at the base and guide it to your lips. You may also intinct, or dip, the wafer into the wine and place in your mouth.
 

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