Worship Information

All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion.

 

Receiving Holy Eucharist

  • Come to the altar rail as the ushers direct you forward. Our custom is to kneel at the rail, but please stand if it is more comfortable for you. If you are unable to come to the altar rail, tell one of the ushers and the priest will bring communion to you.

  • Receiving the Bread and Wine – It is acceptable to receive the water in your hand or on your tongue.  You may immediately consume it, or you may hold it and intinct (dip) it into the wine. To take the wine directly from the chalice, gently guide it to your lips. Gluten-free wafers also are available.

  • Receiving Bread or Wine Alone - Receiving either the bread or wine alone is considered full communion. 

  • Receiving a Blessing - If you or your children would prefer to receive a blessing, simply come forward and cross your arms across your chest as a signal to the priest.

  • Children are welcome to the Altar Rail and may participate in in Communion by receiving bread and wine, bread only or a Blessing.  Fr Hailey welcomes the opportunity to discuss receiving communion with your child at any age and can be arranged directly with him.

Children are welcome members of our community and we love to see them in church!

  • The 1st Sunday of every month is a Family Eucharist at the 10 AM service.  A children’s sermon is offered, simple hymns are played and our Children’s choir preforms the Offertory anthem.

  • Church School is offered the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month.  Our children receive Christian Education during the first part of the service, and then join us after the Peace to receive Communion with their families.

  • Child care is available in our Nursery for children up to 4 years old

 

Tips for helping your child learn to worship

  • Encourage your child to follow words in hymns and readings by moving your finger along the lines on the page.

  • Suggest ways your child may engage what is happening in worship using their own learning style. If they like art, have them draw pictures of the scripture or design a worship banner. If they like math, have them count the number of times they hear a certain word in the sermon.

  • Remember that it’s okay if your child has the wiggles— God’s house is a place where they can come just as they are!

  • Model attentiveness to and engagement with what is going on. They learn from you!

  • Discuss what you did in worship driving home.

1110 St. Stephen's Church Road

Crownsville, MD 21032

(410) 721-2881

St.Stephens1838@gmail.com

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