Please, come in! If it’s a Sunday there will be people looking out to greet and help you. They will answer your questions and give you a leaflet to guide you through the service. The fully accessible entrance, and elevator, is by way of the glass doors on Mill St.
You are welcome here. We understand that entering a church for the first time can be intimidating, but we are happy to have you with us just as you are. You will be welcomed, but you will not be singled out or introduced to the congregation. We try hard to be a safe, loving, fully inclusive and non-judging community.
Bring your children. St. Paul’s is a family church, and children are an integral part of our parish life. Children are welcome to stay with us in the sanctuary throughout worship. There are children’s activity bags, and a children’s bulletin. If you prefer, you may send your children to our nursery care or multi-age Sunday school class. No pre-registration is necessary. If they need a bit more space but you’d like to keep them close, you are welcome to sit with them in the Baptistry. Here you will find a chest of quiet toys for just this purpose, and a sound system so you won’t miss anything.
Join us for Communion. Communion is the heart of our worship, and we believe that God’s gifts are provided for everyone. No exceptions. The bread and cup are offered at the altar, or at the base of the steps leading up to the altar if you prefer not to climb the stairs. You may dip your bread into the wine, or sip from the cup directly, or not take the wine at all. We have gluten free wafers available upon request. If all of that is too much, you are invited to come forward just for a blessing, without any bread or wine involved.
Stay for coffee. We’d like to get to know you a bit better! Please join us after the service for coffee, juice and treats in Upper Tanner Hall. Hospitality is provided free of charge by the Women of St. Paul’s coffee committees.
Photo Credit: Brian Draeger Photography, Marion, Iowa, of the new panel in a window made of glass salvaged from the old entrance