Planning a Visit to St. Patrick?
Welcome! We’re honored that you’ve considered joining us for worship at St. Patrick. If you reach the end of this page and still have questions, feel free to browse the rest of the site or email email@example.com and we’d be happy to assist you with our best hospitality!
What to Expect in Worship
Our worship style can be described as folk liturgical. No help at all? Here’s what we mean:
- Folk – We like to bridge the gap between reverent awe and cultural accessibility the best we can. Our music is led each week by a mix of professional and lay musicians whose aim is to facilitate and enhance the beauty of congregational singing. Typical instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, piano, upright bass, fiddle, and percussion, and often features mandolin, banjo, and harmonica as well. Songs are selected for what they say about God and the quality of their poetry and composition.
- Liturgy – That word can be off-putting, so maybe substitute the phrase “story-formed.” What we mean is, Christ is the center of our worship, and so our services take on the form he instituted at the Last Supper, which is a pattern of grace we see throughout God’s story: He calls His people together, we confess the truth, we receive communion, and we are commissioned to go out in His name.
- Relaxed Formality – Most of what humans do together has an ordered structure, whether we’re conscious of it or not. Ours may be more or less formal than you’re used to, but everyone is welcome and we hope you can find a level of comfort with us. Same goes for your clothes!
Here’s a Recent Order of Worship you may be interested to see.
Worship at St. Patrick includes:
- Word – We alternate preaching series between walking through books of the Bible and topical series that address the Bible’s authoritative teaching for life. We also read Scripture together.
- Sacrament – We serve communion each week as a way of obeying Christ’s command to participate “as often as you gather.” The Lord’s Table is open to all baptized believers in good standing with a local church. All others (especially children!) may come to receive a blessing, but you’re welcome to stay put if you’d prefer. Our method of partaking is by intinction, which means each person tears a piece of bread off and dips it in the cup. We serve both wine and grape juice and also have gluten-free options. We also regularly celebrate baptisms in worship as a sign of God’s blessing.
- Prayers and Confessions – We often use “borrowed words” to express the spiritual realities of Scripture and the human experience. There’s nothing magical about our shared prayers and confessions, but we do appreciate how helpful they’ve been to our own expression and formation. When the disciples wanted to learn how to pray, Jesus taught them words. In addition to reading Scripture together, we also recite many of the historic affirmations of the faith Christians have shared across lines of history, geography, race, and tradition.
- Gathered Worship is weekly on Sundays at 10:30 am.
- Easter Services will be at 9am and 11am.
Children and Nursery
Our children’s ministry and nurseries are located on the east side of the building. When you arrive, you’ll find someone to greet you and walk you through the steps of check-in.
- During the Service – We try to encourage children to participate in the majority of our service. It’s amazing what they can pick up just by being with us! During the sermon, we also provide a children’s lesson geared for ages 4-7. If you would like your child to participate, our children’s ministry folks will be glad to meet you in the lobby during the Greeting and they will be returned just before Communion (indicated in the bulletin). Nurseries are available for the entirety of the service for ages 0-3.
- Nursing Room – We have a room set aside for nursing mothers’ privacy that features a live stream of the service. One of our greeters at check-in would be happy to show you.
- Sunday School – We offer children’s Sunday School from 9:15 to 10:15 during regular Sundays (excluding Easter, Christmas Break, and Summer Break). Nurseries are open during Sunday School, and we also offer Adult Sunday School, which you can learn about below.
- Pre-check – As an option, some guests decide to pre-register their children to make Sunday morning check-in smoother. Click here for the Children’s Info or Nursery Info forms, which you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy would also love to get to know you and answer any further questions you may have.
- Special Needs – We are equipped and would love to accommodate your child’s special needs. Please help us prepare for your visit so we can ensure your peace of mind and your child’s great time!
Adult Sunday School
Becoming familiar with a new church can be overwhelming. Our Adult Sunday School class cycles through lessons on our four family values: Grace Is Everything, Feasting Is Kingdom Work, Community Is Family, and Heaven Is Local. We spend 8 to 10 weeks on each value, but you can jump in at any time as we consider what Scripture teaches us to believe about things like the gospel, relationships, life, and work. We meet at 9:15 in conjunction with Children’s Sunday School in the room just to the left of the stage in the sanctuary.
- Newcomers Feast – We host these about every other month and it’s a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit better. Pastors and staff will share a bit about the church’s history and DNA, and then we’ll just enjoy a great meal and each other’s company for a bit. You can RSVP with email@example.com or just drop in on us. Children are always welcome!
- Calendar – You can visit our calendar to find the next Newcomer’s Feast and lots of other ways to Love God, Love People, and Love Life with us.
- Media – You can also subscribe to the podcast, blog, and newsletter, or follow us on social media. Just scroll down to the bottom of this page for links.