WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
A greeter will warmly welcome you when you arrive for your first worship service. One of our ushers will then provide you with a service leaflet and help you locate a seat if you desire or need any assistance. Members of The Church of St. Michael & St. George’s very own Welcome Team, recognizable by their white carnations, are always available if you have any questions.
DO I NEED TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL & ST. GEORGE TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP AND OTHER ACTIVITIES?
You do not need to be a member to worship at CSMSG or to participate in our other programs and activities. However, we do encourage you to think and pray about the possibility of becoming a member and beginning to live a deeper life of faith and discipleship within the context of The Church of St. Michael & St. George’s community of faith.
WHAT ARE WORSHIP SERVICES LIKE? HOW DO THEY DIFFER?
There are many types of worship services at CSMSG. Please reference our Worship Schedule and Descriptions to see the different worship services we offer.
DOES THE CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL & ST. GEORGE HAVE A DRESS CODE?
The Church of St. Michael & St. George does not have a dress code. If you attend services in the main Church sanctuary, you’re likely to find people more formally dressed than those attending services in St. George’s Chapel. Evening services on Saturday and Sunday tend to be less formal than those on Sunday mornings. However, you will find people dressed in many varieties of attire each time you visit The Church of St. Michael & St. George.
HOW DO I GET TO THE CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL & ST. GEORGE?
Please reference our Location and Directions page for more information on how to find CSMSG.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Parking is available along both Wydown Boulevard and Ellenwood Drive. On Sundays, parking is permitted alongside the median on Wydown. Valet parking is available at the Ellenwood entrance on Sunday mornings.
IS THE CHURCH HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
Yes. Handicap parking is available on Ellenwood Drive, along with complimentary valet parking. You may gain access to the Church building at the Ellenwood Drive entrance.
WHAT SUNDAY PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH?
IS CHILDCARE AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY?
Our Nursery welcomes and provides childcare for infants and children up to three-years-old during both Sunday morning and evening worship services. Reservations are not required. Please ask an usher or greeter for directions to CSMSG’s Nursery.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO DURING THE SERVICE?
In the Episcopal Church, worship is derived from The Book of Common Prayer, also known as the BCP. You can find a Book of Common Prayer and a copy of the Hymnal in every pew in the main Sanctuary. Your worship bulletin, which includes an insert containing that service’s readings, directs you to the relevant page numbers in both the BCP and Hymnal so that you may follow along and participate in the service.
AM I REQUIRED TO DONATE MONEY AT WORSHIP?
There is no monetary requirement to worship at CSMSG. Most people find, however, that as they develop a deeper relationship with God and become more involved in ministry and community offerings, giving to the Church becomes a very natural next 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 The Church of St. Michael & St. George, in any service. When the usher releases your pew, walk forward toward the altar. Another usher will direct you to a place along the altar rail where you may kneel or stand to receive Communion. To receive the Bread, extend your palms, crossed and upward; when offered the Chalice, please assist in guiding it. Those who do not wish to receive Holy Communion may come forward to a blessing; please indicate this to the Priest by crossing your arms over your chest. If you choose to intinct – or dip – the wafer in the wine, you’ll want to indicate this to the Priest.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS AT CSMSG ON SUNDAYS?
Sundays are busy and exciting at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. In addition to four worship services, you may choose from many adult classes and forums following the 9:15 AM liturgy, or you may choose to enjoy fellowship and coffee in the Great Hall after the service. Children go to Church School or Chapel at the same time, with all programming wrapping up at 11:00 AM.
Church School Schedule (Preschool through Fifth Grades)
Youth Ministry Schedule (Sixth through 12th Grades)
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. Even though it is not grammatically correct, many address priests and deacons as “Reverend Smith” or “Reverend Kathy” and “Deacon Smith” or “Deacon Kathy”. At The Church of St. Michael & St. George, some parishioners still use the term “Father” to address the male clergy, and some address the female clergy with “Mother”. The best way to know how to address the priests at CSMSG is to simply ask how they would like to be addressed. Chances are, it will be on a first name basis!
CAN I MEET WITH A PRIEST?
Of course! All the clergy at The Church of St. Michael & St. George believe the opportunity to meet with you is a privilege. Go to our staff directory for the clergy contact information.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INVOLVED AT CSMSG?
Whatever your passion, there is a place for you to serve at The Church of St. Michael & St. George! Visit our “Connect” page for service opportunities and other ways to grow more involved in the life of the Church.