Visiting Saint Michael and All Angels is an enriching, spiritually rewarding experience. Learn more about what to expect when you visit with the Frequently Asked Questions below:
- What should I expect at my first visit?
- What does Saint Michael believe?
- Do I need to become a member of Saint Michael to participate in worship and other activities?
- What are the worship services like? How do they differ?
- Does Saint Michael have a dress code?
- How do I get to Saint Michael?
- Where do I park?
- Is the church handicap accessible?
- Where will my children be?
- What is available for my infant/young child on Sunday?
- How will I know what to do in the service?
- Am I required to give money at worship?
- Can I take communion? How does it work?
- What else happens on Sunday?
- Are the clergy considered ministers or priests? How should I address them? Reverend? Father? Mr. or Ms.?
- Can I meet with a priest?
What should I expect at my first visit?
When you arrive for worship you will be warmly welcomed by a Saint Michael greeter and ushers will give you a service bulletin and help you find a place to sit. Greeters wearing red welcome ribbons will help you with any questions you have.
Do I need to become a member of Saint Michael to participate in worship and other activities?
You do not need to be a member to worship at Saint Michael or to participate in other programs and activities. However, we encourage you to think and pray about becoming a member and perhaps at some point beginning to live a deeper life of faith and discipleship in this community of faith.
What are the worship services like? How do they differ?
Worship services at Saint Michael range from traditional to contemporary to family and child-friendly. Learn more about our services and times.
Does Saint Michael have a dress code?
Saint Michael has no dress code. If you attend services in the Church or Saint Michael Chapel, you’re likely to find people more formally dressed than in the Theater or the Parish Hall. Services on Saturday and Sunday nights tend to be less formal than those on Sunday mornings. Whatever you wear, you are welcome.
Where do I park?
There are two large parking lots, one on the north side of our campus off Douglas, and one on the Southwest side off Colgate and Lomo Alto.
Is the church handicap accessible?
Yes. Both parking lots and the porte cachere circle drive have designated handicap parking with easy access to the church building. An elevator near the Theater provides access to all levels of the church.
What is available for my infant/young child on Sunday?
We welcome children from infants through 5 year olds in the nursery during all Sunday morning services and for infants to 3 years old during the Sunday school hour. This is a great time for your child to sing songs, play with friends, and learn more about God’s love. Reservations are not required. Simply check in with Kathy Davis, Sunday Nursery Coordinator, and she will direct you to the appropriate classroom.
How will I know what to do in the service?
In the Episcopal Church, all of our worship is taken from The Book of Common Prayer.. There are BCPs in every pew in Church and in Saint Michael Chapel along with The Hymnal 1982. Your worship bulletin directs you to page numbers in the BCP and with those two resources, you can follow along with the service. Video screens and individualized booklets are used in the Parish Hall and the Theater.
Am I required to give money at worship?
There is no monetary requirement to worship at Saint Michael. However, most people find that as they move into a deeper relationship with God and become more involved in ministry and community, giving becomes a very natural step in their Christian lives.
Can I take communion? How does it work?
All baptized Christians of any denomination or tradition are welcome to receive Holy Communion at Saint Michael. When your pew is released by the usher, walk forward to the altar. You will be directed to the altar rail where you may kneel or stand to receive. (Only the Church and the Chapel have altar rails; in the Parish Hall and Theater, we receive Communion standing up). To receive the bread, place one hand over the other, palms up, so that the priest may put a wafer in your palm. If you are going to drink from the chalice, you may consume the wafer immediately. When the chalice comes, you can help the chalice bearer guide it to your mouth by placing your hand on the bottom of the chalice and tilting it or by gently taking it in your hands and guiding it. If you choose to intinct — or dip — the wafer in the wine, you’ll want to hold it until the chalice comes to you.
What else happens on Sunday?
Sundays are exciting and busy at Saint Michael. In addition to seven worship services, you may choose from many adult Sunday School classes at the 10:00 hour. Children go to their Sunday school classes at the same time. Saint Michael has many parish and volunteer groups that hold meetings on Sundays. Sometimes we’ll have training or a luncheon for a particular ministry area. Sometimes, we’ll have a reception for a special occasion. There are always various tables in the hallways to register for a class or a dinner or to talk with our Parish Nurse. And September through May, the St. Mary’s Guild offers sweet things to eat in the Lanai reception area.
Are the clergy considered ministers or priests? How should I address them? Reverend? Father? Mr. or Ms.?
There are three orders of clergy in The Episcopal Church: deacons, priests, and bishops. Many address priests and deacons as “Reverend” or “Deacon.” At Saint Michael, some parishioners use “Father” to address the male clergy. Since we have women clergy on staff, some address them as “Mother.” The way to know how to address the priests and deacons at Saint Michael is to ask them how they like to be addressed. Chances are it will be their first name!
Can I meet with a priest?
Of course! All the clergy are listed on the website with their contact information. Additionally, you may a check the box on the blue Connect Card you receive in the services that indicates you’d like to visit with a priest. All the clergy at Saint Michael feel privileged to meet with you.