Sunday Mornings at St. Bartholomew’s
Imagine yourself here.
Bring your friends.
First Time Here?
What to Expect
Welcome to St. Barts in Cambridge. We are glad you are thinking about joining us for the day! Hopefully this helps answer all the questions you have before coming for your first time! Please also feel free to let us know you are coming below.
What to expect
When you walk in, please go up one of the large stair case to the main floor. Please help yourself to a bulletin on the way in and make yourself comfortable. It doesn’t matter where you sit, so long as you join us! Service will consist of two parts: the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Table. Half way through, we greet one another by shaking hands and saying, “Peace of Christ be with you.”
What is Liturgy?
Liturgy is a word we get from the Greek. It means “work of the people” and refers to how we order what do on Sunday. In an Episcopal Service, there are always to parts. The first focuses on the Word (Scripture). There will be four readings and a sermon. The sermon never lasts more than 20 minutes. the second part focuses on the Eucharist. All are invited to participate. If you have any questions, please ask someone next to you!
What about my children?
Please bring your children. We embrace humans at all stages of life, and understand that children are sometimes loud. This is ok. Everyone worships in their own way. Or they can stay in the parish hall with other children for Church School.
I don't have any money for the Offering Plate... is that ok?
Yes. While an offering plate will be passed around, we don’t expect visitors or guests to feel an obligation to give.
I'm not Episcopalian - can I still receive Communion?
In our church and at each service we welcome everyone to receive communion. We welcome everyone to receive communion regardless of denomination, whether you have been baptized, or any other category that seeks to divide us. If you don’t feel called to receive communion, we respect that choice. You may come forward and cross your hands over your chest and receive a blessing.
If you feel called to the altar, it is Jesus himself who calls you. And he never turned anyone away.
Can I bring my coffee cup into church with me?
Absolutely! Although, we do request that you discreetly drink so as not to disturb or distract the other worshipers. Please also keep in mind that our building is an historic building – reducing coffee stains is always a goal. 😉
Do you serve refreshments?
Of course we do! Please join us after church for social hour. Simply go back down stairs into our hall. All items are free of charge. (And sometimes they are homemade!)
What about parking?
We have a small church parking lot. If there are slots open, congrats! If not, since it is Sunday, you can park on the street without a resident permit.