A New Sunday Morning Schedule for the New Year, Worship 9 and 11 AM and Christian Ed at 10:10 AM:
December 13, 2018
Dear St. Julian's Community:
Following consultation with the Bishop's Committee and other stake holders in the community, we are writing to announce a new Sunday morning schedule for St. Julian's, which will begin January 6, 2019.
9:00 AM: First service (no change)
10:10 AM-10:50 AM: Christian Education for all ages
11:00 AM: Second service
The first service (9:00 AM) will continue at the same time as it has since we moved to 2 Sunday services some years ago. The two services will remain identical to each other, and we will continue to offer Children's Chapel at each service and nursery care throughout the morning. The liturgy (order/style of worship) at each service will remain unchanged. However, there will be some small adjustments to keep the services on a typical Sunday to 1 hour. In particular, each service will continue to begin with a prelude video, but this will be followed directly by our opening hymn. Announcements will be shortened and moved, along with our time of greeting, to the offertory, as is the tradition in many or most Episcopal Churches. The sermon will also be slightly shortened. The main thing these minimal changes may require for you to consider is your arrival time for worship. As announcements, in particular, will not be at the beginning of the service, folk who arrive much after 9 or 11 AM will find that we are well into the worship service. To this end, we hope people will do their best to arrive and settle in by the beginning of each service. Having said that, we know "life" happens, so, however or whenever you come, please know your presence is a blessing and makes our worship more robust and meaningful.
Christian Education for all ages continues unchanged. However, it will begin at 10:10 AM, rather than, 10:30 AM. Classes will end at 10:50 AM sharp to prepare for the second service. Our hope is that this may increase participation in Christian Education, as it will begin shortly after the first service ends and classes will conclude 25 minutes earlier then they do presently, allowing teachers and all those who participate to move on in their day before 11 AM (those worshiping at 9 AM). Our coffee/tea and donut ministry will continue unchanged, so you remain welcome and able to grab refreshments on your way to class.
The reasons behind moving to the new schedule are several. Chief among them is the desire to position our second service to grow. The consistent feedback over the years has been that the second service both begins and, even more so, ends too late. The current 11:30 AM service often does not let out till 12:45 PM, which is long into the lunch hour and poses problems for grumbling stomachs of people of all ages. Further, many who volunteer in various roles at St. Julian's that require participation in both Sunday services, spend at least 4 hours on many Sundays at church. This change should cut that time commitment by 45 minutes. Additionally, as stated above, we are hoping a quicker start and earlier ending to Christian Education will bolster participation in our programs for adults and children. Most of all, St. Julian's must find creative ways to grow our church in terms of participation, financial support and spiritual growth, as we continue to position ourselves for a future move to a new and permanent home. Further, we must accomplish this growth in our space that is increasingly full on Sundays, and, simply said, our second service is the place where we currently have the most space to accommodate new folk at St. Julian's. Thus, we want to make it as accessible and convenient as possible for both those visiting and those already participating.
St. Julian's leadership uniformly feels these changes are needed and provide many new positive opportunities for our church family's future. We ask for your patience and flexibility as we settle into this new Sunday morning pattern, for there will surely be "growing pains" along the way that will likely require a tweak or two. Further, as stated above, you can best support these change by arriving for each of our services at their start times. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to either of us below.
We are so grateful for our shared friendship and ministry and remain entirely enthusiastic for the bright future that God has set before us, and we look forward to continuing our journey together through the Season of Advent and on the the joys of Christmas that soon follow.
Peace and Warm Friendship,
The Rev. Miles R. Brandon, II Mr. Robbie Tomaszewski
Vicar Bishop's Warden