how to take part
in church services

How to Take Part
in Church Services

Here is what you might expect when you join us for worship at St. Martin’s.

How to Receive
Holy Eucharist

All Christians baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Come to the altar rail as the ushers direct and take the next available place. Our custom is to kneel at the rail, but you may stand if it is more comfortable. After receiving communion, please return to your pew. If you are unable to come to the altar rail, tell one of the ushers and a priest will bring communion to you.


Receive a Blessing

If you or your children would prefer to receive a blessing rather than communion, simply come forward to the altar rail and cross your arms across your chest as the signal to the priest.


All Children are Welcome at the Lord’s Table

All baptized Christians – no matter their age – are encouraged to come to the altar rail for Holy Communion or a blessing.

  • Those children who prefer not to receive communion may receive a blessing instead by immediately crossing their arms across their chest.

  • Some parents allow their children to receive communion only after they have completed instruction in their third-grade year. Please note that we do offer Communion Instruction for children in third grade, and/or any child who has not previously had the instruction and is older than third grade. Children are encouraged to participate in this class to deepen their understanding of the high point of the worship experience.


All Children Are Welcome in Church

Children bring much richness to our worship community with new ways of seeing familiar rituals. Children also can bring awkward questions and unexpected comments!

Here are a few ways to make church a more pleasant experience for everyone:

  • Come early to get a good seat, preferably where children can see.
  • Share your Worship Booklet with young ones and help them follow along with the prayers and music.
  • Be realistic. Young children cannot be expected to sit quietly all the time. Elementary-age children, however, have longer attention spans and can be expected to participate fully in the liturgy with your help.
  • Do some homework. Spend time helping your child become familiar or even memorize some of the prayers and responses. Being able to participate helps them feel included.
  • Children’s activity sheets and coloring pencils are available in the Narthex of The Church to occupy little hands and make church a more welcoming place for children. These sheets have a word search, Bible verse and other activities that coincide with the lesson of the day to keep your children busy during the worship service. 
  • Do not feel embarrassed if you need to take your child out for a while.

Child Care Policy

Child care is available in the Children’s Life Center for infants through age three during Sunday morning worship services from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check church communications for specific event instructions.