Your questions answered.
Below are common questions that will be helpful for your visit and to learn more about St. Martin’s church and community.
If you have further questions, please contact us any time, or call the church office during the week at 636-227-1484.
What is the feel of your Worship Services?
Our 5:05 Saturday evening service offers a mellow, come-as-you-are, gospel-focused worship. All ages are invited to engage your senses and experience God in new and creative ways.
The Sunday worship services (8:00 am & 10:15 am) are more traditional. The 8:00 am service is a spoken service with no music and is usually just under one hour in length. The 10:15 am service includes music and lasts a little over one hour.
Each service has an open and warm atmosphere where everyone is welcome to participate.
What happens before the service?
Prior to any of the services, a greeter will welcome all guests and guide them as needed. While there may be bustling activity in the parish hall or narthex (lobby), the Sanctuary will be a quiet, solemn place for prayers and reflection with a soft musical prelude setting the tone for worship.
What are the messages like?
Our preaching is centered on the Biblical readings for the day (we adhere to the Revised Common Lectionary, which is a calendar of readings shared with all other Episcopal churches and many other churches of other mainline denominations).
Sermons by our clergy bring the word of God into the struggles of modern Christians and try to challenge the congregation to live into the fullness of Christ’s purpose for our lives.
First Time Visitor Parking | Leaving the Parking Lot
There are two access points to Clayton Road from our parking lot.
You should enter the parking lot from the western access and depart on the eastern side (these are clearly marked as Entrance and Exit). There are reserved handicap spots up close as well as additional spaces for expecting and new moms.
All other parking spaces are a short and simple walk to the front entrance.
The front doors to the church are wheel chair accessible via a ramp and automatic door openers.
There are no steps leading into the nave where services are held or into the parish hall where refreshments are served after church. There is an ADA restroom with grab bars on the main level.
What’s available for children?
For worship services, the 10:15 am Sunday service offers a nursery (ages 4 and under), a “soft space” in the front of the Sanctuary for toddlers and their families, and a Children’s Worship service during the first part of the regular service.
We also have children’s music programs and Vacation Bible School in the summer.
Is there a nursery?
Yes, we have a newly renovated nursery available for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old.
It is located in Lower Laird (down the stairs across from the parish hall). The nursery is staffed during the 10:15 am Sunday service and at other times as necessary.
What is your music like?
At the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service, we have both traditional and contemporary music.
Everything is chosen to reflect the Bible scriptures for that Sunday. The hymns are led by the choir and sung by the congregation accompanied by organ, piano, guitar or various instruments. Our all-volunteer choir sings an anthem that may be based on a hymn, a spiritual, a folk hymn, or a new contemporary arrangement.
During the service, we sing various Service music such as the Gloria, the Psalm, and the Sanctus. These are led by the choir and easy to follow because they are printed in the program. We often have instrumental music played by small string or woodwind ensembles, or by piano during Communion.
Our handbell choir plays for special services, and our children share their musical talents, such as singing and playing string instruments several times a year.
Do I need a Bible? What translation do you use?
The daily readings (one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, a Psalm and a reading from the Gospel) are provided in the bulletin you will receive from an usher.
We use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which uses modern language in an academically sound translation from the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible.
What about giving or offering?
There is an Offering portion of our service where a plate is passed and donations are placed in the plate. Our members have envelopes they may place in the plate, while members and non-members may choose to give cash or checks.
We also have an online giving feature on our website for pledges, offerings and other donations.
We believe these donations are an outward way to express gratitude to God for all he does in our lives.
What do you believe?
As part of the worldwide Anglican Communion (Church of England), the foundations for what we believe are Scripture, Tradition and Reason.
We believe not only that Jesus Christ was a good and wise person, but that through his death and resurrection he showed us that he was indeed God incarnate (in human form). Therefore, we try to live into the life he laid out for us, to love God and our neighbor.
Love was the center of Christ’s life and so we try to make it the center of ours.
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. ~ 1 John 4:16
Do I have to be Episcopalian to attend?
We welcome all people to join in any of our services.
We believe that all people are searching for who God made them to be and we invite God’s people to participate fully in worship and the life of our community.
Am I welcome to receive communion?
We invite all baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion.
If you are not baptized, you are still welcome to go to the altar during Communion to receive a blessing. We just ask that you cross your arms over your chest to signify to the clergy that you would like a blessing.
How should I dress?
Dress however you feel comfortable.
On any given week you will see a range of clothing at our services, generally somewhere between blue jeans or shorts (in the summer) to suits and dresses. The most common attire is business casual.
In the pew hymnal rack you will see a small ivory guest card with the word “Welcome.”
We invite you to help us get to know you better by sharing your name, address and contact information so that a priest can follow up with you. Just drop this card into the Offering Plate or hand to an Usher or Greeter on your way out. The St. Martin’s clergy love to greet people after the service, we hope you will have a few moments to shake hands before enjoying a cup of coffee or juice and a doughnut.
What happens after service?
We generally have a brief fellowship period after each service.
Usually we have coffee, juice and doughnuts in the Parish Hall after the Sunday services. On the first Sunday of the month we also have prepared breakfast food.
How do I become a member?
The first step is to speak with one of our clergy.
The steps to membership are dependent upon your specific situation, and we are happy to discuss these details with you directly. Please fill out a welcome card found in the pews or call the church office to set up an appointment with one of our clergy.
I see many people wearing name tags. How do I request a name tag?
On the table near the front door you will see a bright yellow half sheet of paper titled “Need a Name Tag,” clearly print your name and the date, our staff will make a name tag for you and your family members that week.
Next Sunday you will find your tag(s) in alphabetical order on the square rack on the far side of the narthex (lobby).