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What to Expect on Sunday

  • Where are you located?

    • We are located at:  258 West Franklin Blvd Gastonia, NC 28052

    • Park in any of the adjacent parking lots. The best way to enter is through the doors under the portico on the York St. driveway.

  • Please join us for: 

    • 8:00 - Eucharist Rite I

    • 9:00 - Breakfast​

    • 9:30 - Sunday School for All Ages 

    • 10:30 - Eucharist Rite II 

      • Children's Chapel is available (Children leave from the sanctuary after services have begun and return prior to communion)

  • What should I wear?

    • There’s no dress code for worship. People dress for an encounter with the Risen Christ. You will find people wearing suits, you will find people wearing shorts and sandals, and everything else in-between. Everyone is welcome.

  • What should I bring?

    • Bring yourself! You do not need to bring anything to worship. Our worship bulletin provides all the information you will need to follow along with the service.

  • What will worship look like?

    • Worship in the Episcopal Church has a wonderful structure to it, which you may find similar to worship in other Christian denominations - both Catholic and Protestant. There is lots of music, prayer, and silence. We livestream our services, which is a great way to check-out our community before you come. You can find the most recent service on our Worship page.​

    • The brief structure below gives a snapshot of our worship.

      • Gather: We come together as individuals for a time of intentional worship as the body of Christ.

      • The Word: We reflect on the Word of God by listening to the Holy Scriptures and listening to a sermon prepared by a member of the clergy. In the light of the Word of God, we pray for the life of the world.

      • The Table: After we reflect on the Word of God, we come to the Table and receive the Holy Communion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Bread and Wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ, which we receive as signs of God’s love, grace, and presence in our lives.

      • Dismissal: Having reflected on the Word of God, and having been renewed by receiving Holy Communion, we are sent out to be the Body of Christ working in the world in the diverse and varied contexts from which we came.

  • Do I need to be an Episcoplian to attend? 

    • Our church is open to all. You do not need to be an Episcopalian to attend worship. All Baptized Christians are welcome to partake in the sacrament of Holy Communion, regardless of denomination.​

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