What is the difference between the two Sunday services?
St. Thomas offers two church services on Sunday mornings. Both the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services follow the liturgy and order of service set out in the Book of Common Prayer and include Holy Communion. An usher will provide you with a service bulletin, which can help guide you through the service.
The 8:00 a.m. service is quieter and more reflective than the later service. There is no music at 8:00 a.m. and no choir. Our traditional, family-friendly service at 10:30 a.m. features joyful music led by a full choir.
Youth and children are invited to attend and participate in all of our services. We have a quiet play area in the rear of the church with crayons and other items to keep small ones engaged if they grow tired of sitting in a pew during the service.
After both services, we invite you to attend our lively coffee hour in the Great Hall. Each week a different parishioner volunteers to host refreshments after the service. This community time provides us an opportunity to say hello to each other and greet you by name.
What should I wear?
Please dress comfortably. We are a diverse group of people, so you may see some folks wearing jeans or neon orange and blue (especially during Bronco season), while others wear suits and high heels. You are welcome just as you are.
May I receive Communion?
All baptized persons from any Christian denomination are welcome at God’s table. If you would like to receive Communion, please follow the usher’s directions to come up to the altar rail. You may take the bread and wine separately, or you may dip (“intinct”) the wafer in the cup. You are also welcome to request a gluten-free wafer, or you may opt to receive only the bread or only the wine. If you would like simply to receive a blessing, cross your arms over your chest and the priest will offer one to you. Your service bulletin also provides additional instructions. If you prefer not to take Communion, you may also remain seated rather than proceeding to the rail. If mobility issues make it difficult for you to walk to the altar, just let the usher know. Communion will be brought to you in your pew.
How do I become a member at St. Thomas?
Visitors and prospective new members are welcome every Sunday. We encourage anyone looking for a church home to come and be a part of our Sunday morning worship and activities. This is the best way to experience whether St. Thomas is a place where God is leading you.
People who are ready to join simply need to contact the church office to be entered into our database. If one is a member of another Episcopal church, a letter of transfer will be requested from that church. People interested in joining and who have never been baptized will want to discuss with the Rector the process for baptism. Though not required for membership, St. Thomas encourages all adults to participate in an Inquirer’s class, offered each spring, on the basics of Christian faith and Episcopal tradition, leading to Confirmation by the Bishop. Please contact our parish administrator, Maria Wilson, office@SaintThomasDenver,org, for further details.
Of course, membership in a church is about more than belonging; it is about being a part of a community where each person is encouraged to share in service to the church and the world through St. Thomas’ various ministries and programs.