Information for First Time Visitors
Visiting a new church, or re-connecting after a long while, can be an uncomfortable, and often confusing, experience. Here are the answers to a few questions you may have:
What kind of a church is St. Paul’s?
We are an Episcopal Church in the Missouri Diocese. St Paul’s has been serving the Carondelet neighborhood since 1868. We have a one hour service comprised to two main parts: word and table. Word is when we read Bible passages from 3 parts of the Bible and hear a reflection about the texts. Table is when we experience the presence of God through the mystery of the wine and bread that becomes the presence of Jesus to us. We call this communion. Our community is very down to earth and comfortable with mistakes. We tend toward the warmly informal and laugh at ourselves easily. Our worship services last 1 hour.
When should I arrive and where do I park?
Services begin at 8 AM and 10:15AM on Sundays. If you come in the main church doors, you'll be at the back of the church. Even if you are late, no one will mind. There is parking available on Michigan Avenue in front of the church and a small handicap accessible parking lot South of the parish hall (alley entry).
What should I wear?
St. Paul’s truly has a “come as you are” atmosphere. There is no set dress code - even at Christmas or Easter. You're welcome to wear whatever you are comfortable in.
I've never been to church, am I welcome?
YES! Saint Paul’s is a comfortable place for those who are curious about God and interested in being with a Christ-centered community of people.
I'm gay (or Trans, or non-binary) am I safe? Can I safely bring my partner?
Yes! We are a community of LGB and sometimes T and Q members. We love the diversity within our community and welcome you to be a part of it. Our commitment is to be genuine about who we are. We welcome the same from you!
Can I bring kids to the service?
We enthusiastically welcome children! Joyful voices of all ages participate in our services. Sunday school is offered during the first part of the 10 am service during the school year. Activity bags and a play space at the back are available year-round.
What accommodations are available for people with disabilities?
St Paul’s is handicapped friendly throughout our entire building including our parish hall and restrooms.
If you have any other questions please use our contact form to send us a message and a member of our leadership team will get back to you.