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Welcome! We are delighted that you’ve found us! We look forward to talking with you in person on Sunday. Please feel free to contact us by phone ((248)651-6188) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or simply want more information. We welcome your interest!
Location, location, location
In the world
We are located, geographically, on the north end of the heart of downtown Rochester, on a corner adjacent to Dairy Queen. You will find us at the foot of Romeo St. at the T-Intersection of it and Rochester Rd. (MAP HERE)
On the Journey
Spiritually, we are located at what some describe as the Via Media, or "The Middle Way." We are not Roman Catholic, and not Protestant; we occupy a place that many from both of these worlds find comfortable, but with an identity unique in theology and history. The Anglican Church (“Episcopal” here in the U.S.) followed a unique development path during the Reformation, neither accepting the church in Rome, nor “protesting” against it as Protestant faiths have. Anglicanism is something different from both.
On Sunday Morning
You will come in the main doors adjacent to the parking lot. When you arrive, at either the 8:00 am or the 10:00am service, follow the hallway to your left to find the gathering space. As you enter the church proper, pick up a bulletin located near the entryway. Sit in a place that suits you; there is no wrong place for you to be. Sit where you can see and hear well in a chair or cushioned pew to your liking.
Feel free to seek out others with questions; we will help you feel at home in any way that we can! You might especially look for an usher to guide you with questions about the building or service.
As the service progresses, please note that page numbers that refer to the “Prayer Book,” will be located in the red Book of Common Prayer and the numbered hymns will be found in the blue Hymnal (which is organized by hymn number, not page number). Both are located in the pew where you will sit.
Take a moment to look over the bulletin (here is an example). You will notice that the service commences with an entrance hymn that is sung by all; vested clergy and lay people enter in procession at this point. From there, generally speaking, passages from the Bible are read, a sermon preached, prayers recited, and Holy Communion offered in both kinds: bread and wine. (All baptized persons are welcome to take communion.) Then the service will close with a blessing and dismissal. Think of your bulletin as a sort of To-Do List!
Nursery care is available for infants from birth to two years old during the 10 o'clock Sunday morning service. Paid caring staff provide nursery care during the entire service.
If you’ve brought children with you, you may wish to let them attend Church School, which you are certainly welcome to do! Church School is available for all children in Pre-school through 6th grade with a teen class for older youth as well. Children will leave for Sunday School after Communion during the 10:00 a.m. service and meet in the "Gathering Place" located in the fellowship hall downstairs. (You can rendezvous with your child downstairs in the classroom hallway after Sunday School is over around noon.)
Stay for Coffee!
After the service has ended, please join us for coffee and informal visiting in Café Philippe - located in the Great Hall of the Parish just down the hallway as you exit the sanctuary. Sign our guest book and spend some time chatting. This is a great time to get to know the friendly people of St. Philip’s.
If you would like to contact us by email, please do so at email@example.com for general information. The rector is available by phone generally when the office is open Monday through Thursday during business hours.
In the meantime…
Take a few moments to read our weekly newsletter, the E-pistle. On the home page of our website, you can sign up to receive the E-pistle as a weekly email.
To learn more about the Episcopal Church in general, visit our National Church’s website for an overview of the Church’s mission and ministry here in the US and elsewhere in the world.