For almost 2,000 years Christians have attended this service. This service contains one of the most ancient Christian hymns, O Gladsome Light.
An Orthodox service can be overwhelming on your first visit. Vibrant images of biblical events and saints cover the walls. You will see people lighting candles and venerating icons. The smell of incense fills the air. People will not only be using their voices to worship, but also their bodies. They will be crossing themselves and bowing or prostrating. It may seem strange at first, but this is how Christians have worshiped God for 2,000 years.
We have a parking area directly in front of our church as well as parking along the streets surrounding our church.
In our main parking area, we have spaces reserved for guests. Please take advantage of them.
If you are used to going to other churches, you may expect there to be a Sunday School for the children while adults attend the main service.
In the Orthodox church, children are full-fledged members of the church and attend services along with adults. This may be challenging for parents if it is their first time visiting. A little noise and a little movement from children is not a problem. It is to be expected. We would only ask that if your child begins crying loudly to please take them outside till they calm down, and then return to the service. You will see this happen throughout the service with other families. It is perfectly OK.
The important thing is to participate in the service as a family and to know that we are glad you are with us.