Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect when I come to Sunday Worship?
First and foremost--ALL ARE WELCOME! We typically have two services, one at 8:00 AM which is shorter and without music and one at 10:00 am with music. We occasionally have a 9:00 AM service, in place of the 8:00 am service. Typically, our service is taken from the Book of Common Prayer Rite II, but we are vary our liturgy in order to be exposed and open to various forms of worship within the worldwide Anglican Communion. A worship bulletin and Hymnal guide our worship. Dress varies according to the desires of the individuals, but generally tends to be casual.
Sunday 8:00 am: Spoken worship with Holy Communion that lasts less than an hour. Followed by coffee, refreshments and a time to share in the parish hall on the ground floor below the worship space.
Sunday 10:00 am: Worship with Holy Communion that includes music accompanied by organ, piano and choir that last a little longer than an hour. Worship is followed by coffee, refreshments and a time to share in the parish hall on the ground floor below the worship space.
Sunday 9:00 am Occasionally we hold one service Sundays that is followed by coffee, refreshments and a forum in which timely information and topics relative to our life and ministry together are shared and discussed.
What do I need to know about Holy Communion?
Foremost, all are welcome and encouraged to participate. This includes guests, children and you! We believe God invites all to know that we are unequivocally loved and that Christ came into the world to demonstrate this to us. The mechanics are simple: Approach the alter rail where, by your preference, you may kneel or stand. The priest will offer you bread or a wafer called a host. A Eucharistic Minister will offer you wine from a chalice. You may guide the chalice to your lips to sip the wine or dip the host in the chalice. Those who do not wish to have wine may return to their pew or cross their arms over their heart to indicate their desire to abstain but to be blessed. All are welcome to partake in communion.
Do I have to be familiar with the prayer book to be able to follow the order of the service?
No, the entire service is printed in a bulletin that the ushers will give to you as you enter to worship.
What do children do during worship?
Children of all ages are welcome in worship. During our 10:00 am worship service, Christian Education programs for children ages 4 to 12 take place during worship. Children join the congregation for Holy Communion. There is a Youth Program for our teenagers. We are encouraging our teenagers to participate as Lay readers and in the conduct of certain portions of special services.
Will I be asked to do anything?
No. All are welcomed at the beginning of the worship service and invited to coffee after the service as a way for you to get to know some of the people of All Saints'.
Am I expected to give money during the offering?
No. As a guest in your presence in worship is your offering. We would appreciate if you would complete a Weclome Card and sign our guest book to help us get to know you.
Can I participate in All Saints' Programs or Ministires?
Yes. We encourage you to explore your faith, get to know us and serve your neighbor in any of our programs, activities or ministries.
What other questions can we answer?
Look around our website. If you have questions, or want contact information for a ministry team leader, call Deb Hoyt, Parish Administrator at 603.569.3453 during office hours*, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at 258 South Main Street here in Wolfeboro.