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What to Expect
What should I expect in your main worship service?
Please follow this link for more information on what to expect during worship (click here). We use the Book of Common Prayer during our worship. Don't be intimidated, we are a friendly bunch and we will help you. By using this form of worship, you join with Christians all over the country and throughout the world who use a similar form of worship. All voices raised together and joining those who went before us to worship God-isn't that wonderful? The best way to find out how we worship, what we do or what we believe is to join us. We hope to see you soon!
What should I wear?
You will find all manners of dress during Sunday worship. Whatever you wear, we think you will find the congregation welcoming. We don't really care what you wear (provided you wear clothes!) as long as you come and worship God. Our purpose is to worship and glorify God. We want you to join us. We have those who "dress up" and those who wear jeans. We are pretty laid back about dress codes.
I heard the Episcopal service is hard to follow. Is that true and will I feel out of place?
The Episcopal Church embraces the "beauty of Holiness" in our worship. We believe that God reveals Godself to us through Holy Scripture and through the sights and sounds of worship and life. Our worship service is designed to embrace this beauty through our active participation. It is a beautiful form of worship based on the ancient practices of our Christian faith. We are not mere spectators. This is not a concert or a form of entertainment. We are gathering to worship our God Almighty. We are challenged to take part in actively praising God both in our worship together, and in the charge to go out into the world to love and serve our Lord and Savior. We seek to worship in a fun, engaging manner that is both casual and yet reverent. As with anything new, the worship can seem foreign at first. However, the St. James' family will guide you. We believe that you will find our worship service a beautiful, inspiring and powerful way to praise God! If you would like to know a little more about what to expect please follow this link (click here) to a relevant section page of this website.
You keep mentioning "Eucharist" - what is it?
Directions and Parking
Where do I park?
You may use the Carnegie Library parking lot next door to the church. We also have many who park along the side street next to the church.
How do I get to St. James' Episcopal Church-Eufaula, Alabama
We are located at 100 Saint James Place in Eufaula, Alabama. You may see a map located on each page of his website at the bottom of each page. You will also find a map and other contact information by clicking the "Visit Us" button at the top of each page of this website. You may also follow this link (click here) for a map and contact information.
May small children join their parents/caregivers for worship on Sunday?
Yes. Children are welcome to accompany their parents to worship. We do have nursery care available during services for infants and toddlers. All children typically join their families for Holy Communion. We do feel it is important for children and youth to join the rest of the community for part of the worship service. They are a part of the community and we believe it is important for them to share a part of the service with the community. This reminds them of their place in our communal like and teaches them about sacramental worship in community. However, parents are welcome to keep their children with them during the entire service.
If I take my children to the nursery, can I go and get them for Holy Communion (Holy Eucharist/The Lord's Supper)?
Yes. Most parents who place small children in the nursery go and get their children from the nursery for Holy Communion during the Offertory.
What is the Episcopal Church?
Please follow this link to information on the Episcopal Church (click here). One of the best ways to find our how we worship and what we believe is to join us-we welcome all!
What is Lent and what difference does it make to me?
“The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare them by a season of penitence and fasting.” (Book of Common Prayer, [BCP] 264-65) Because the forty days of Lent were (and still are) used to prepare adults for Baptism at the Great Vigil of Easter during Holy Week, the tone of the season of Lent is one of repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation with God. This message of penitence (another word for repentance or atonement) and reconciliation is so important to Christians that the seasons of Lent, Holy Week and Easter fill up a substantial part of the church year.
At St. James’ we have many opportunities for worship, service and study throughout Lent. It is through all of this, as well as our personal devotion that we are prepare ourselves for the resurrection of Jesus.
Lent is a season of transformation. C.S. Lewis penned it best in Mere Christianity: “[Repentance] means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into... It means killing part of yourself, under-going a kind of death.” The observance of Lent is a period of self-examination, asking God for forgiveness and repentance. This transformational process includes an intentional change of heart and mind that leads you into closer unity with God. It is a kind of death-to-self transformation that Lewis references here as we attempt to follow Christ in all ways.
Excerpts from material by the Rev. Jessica Babcock