Newcomers are always welcome at Holy Comforter!
In fact, we’re known around the city and our diocese for the warm welcome we extend to everyone. Here are a few things you may be wondering about us that may ease your first visit to Holy Comforter:
Q. What is the Episcopal Church and what do you believe?
A. We are a Christian denomination that is part of the “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, which is made up of more than 80 million followers of Christ in 160 countries. The Episcopal Church in the USA has a wonderful website that explains who we are and what we believe in great detail. The website of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is a good resource to learn about the denomination’s mission and ministry in a more local and regional contet.
Q. Is there a place to park?
A. Yes! We have ample, free parking in our lot off Salem Drive, and on Sunday mornings, cars frequently line the driveway surrounding our church as well as Salem Drive itself.
Q. How should I dress?
A. Come as you are! No suits or dresses are required.
Q. How do I participate in the service? And do I have to?
A. When you enter the church, one of our Hosts will hand you a bulletin that will lead you through our worship service and reference page numbers in our Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and Hymnal – both of which are located in each pew. We encourage you to follow along and participate (or not) as the spirit leads you. Even the most seasoned Episcopalians rely on the instruction of those leading the service and details in the bulletins; of course, we hope you will ask questions if you need assistance.
Q. May I receive communion?
A. The heart of our worship as Episcopalians is the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. We experience the Real Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this ancient sharing of bread and wine. All baptized Christians of every age and all denominations are invited to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Those of other religious traditions or of none are invited to come forward to receive God’s blessing.
Q. Can I bring my children?
A. Of course! Children are an essential and vibrant part of our church community! There are many ways for children to participate in Sundays at Holy Comforter. You can always bring them to the service with you! If you are worried about the wiggles in your child – Relax! Remember, God put them there – along with loving hearts and joy for life! A great way to harness those wiggles is to encourage kids to stand and to kneel, to help you find pages in the Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal, to ask questions – and of course, to lift their voices in praise! Clipboards with coloring pages are also available at each entrance. Children under 3 are welcome to spend worship time in our nursery. During our 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist and 12:30 p.m. Spanish La Misa, we offer Children’s Chapel, a time of singing, storytelling and prayer, designed specifically for children. They return in time to join their families for Communion.
Q. How can I learn more about what your church has to offer?
A. Taking the first step is easy! Grab a Welcome Kit from a Host or at the church doors (Red folder for English, Yellow folder for Spanish). This packet includes more information about offerings for children, youth, ways to get involved and more! We encourage you also to fill out a Visitor card that you’ll find in each pew, and once completed, place it in the offering plate. If you fill in your email address, you’ll receive a no-pressure newcomer email once a month that tells you more about Holy Comforter and upcoming events.
Q. How can I get involved in church activities?
A. Holy Comforter is known as an outreach church – and we have ways to impact our community and our church that range from easy, one-time events to ongoing commitments. A few examples are bringing food items for our pantry, setting up coffee hour, volunteering to cook and serve dinner at the men’s shelter, assisting during worship, praying for parishioners, helping with children’s ministries and much more! Contact our Membership Coordinator Jessica Dunlap
Q. How can I get on your email list?
A. Fill out a Visitor Card and check the box for receiving church emails, or email our Communications Director Trish Stukbauer.
Q. How can I learn more about becoming a member?
A. Our Membership FAQs will give you an overview of the process, but taking the first step is easy! Just fill out a Newcomer Information sheet in your Welcome Kit or online (ENGLISH NEWCOMER FORM or FORMA DE INFORMACIÓN PARA AFILIARSE) and Jessica will be in touch with next steps.