What to Expect When You Visit

Whether you have never set foot in an Episcopal Church, or have been an Episcopalian all your life, you are welcome at St. Simon & St. Jude.  We invite you to join us anytime for worship, education, and fellowship.  We are located on the northwestern side of Columbia, just off Interstate 26  (exit 102B).  Our address is 1110 Kinley Road, Irmo SC, 29063.

We gather for worship on Sunday morning. Feel free to come as you are. Some people like to dress up to come to church; others dress more casually. A few men wear suits and ties; more wear open-collar shirts and slacks. Some women wear skirts or slacks. Some people wear shorts or jeans. Gathering to praise and worship God is far more important than what you wear.

The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass. Our main service is accompanied by the singing of hymns by organ, choir and congregation.

 

 

 

 

photos by Carole Reardon

Liturgy and Ritual
Episcopal worship is said to be “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers. For the first-time visitor, the liturgy may be exhilarating … or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting or kneeling; sung or spoken responses; and other participatory elements. But liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.

The liturgy at St. Simon & St. Jude is formal but not fussy. We follow the ancient practices of the church: the clergy are vested; scripture is read aloud from the pulpit; music and singing are abundant. Sometimes, there's even a little chanting. We also recognize that God is alive and ever present in our contemporary lives – and this is often expressed in contemporary ways.

Preaching
The purpose of the sermons at St. Simon & St. Jude is always to reinterpret how God is speaking to us now, just as God spoke in ancient times. Sermons are based on one the scripture readings appointed for the day and follow a variety of styles - storytelling, interactive, or good old-fashioned proclamation. Whatever the style, our goal is to proclaim the love of God for the world as expressed through Jesus Christ.

All Are Welcome
All baptized Christians—no matter age or denomination—are welcome to receive Holy Communion. We invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the priest.

Sunday Worship is at 9:00 and 10:30.
Our 9am service is very casual and lasts about 45 minutes. It intended to start your week off with spiritual nourishment for the week to come.

Our 10:30 service is joyful celebration enriched by the accompaniment of a full choir, which normally sings an offertory anthem. It lasts approximately an hour and is also followed by coffee and refreshments.

Sunday School is at 9am throughout the school year. We offer classes for all ages. For more information, please click here. 

Baptism at SSSJ