Visiting for the first time

These are some of those things you may want to know when visiting Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Washington. The campus is between Seattle and Bothell.

Make sure you look at the list of upcoming parish events in the right column of all pages in this website. You are welcome at all parish events. (There are some private events on-campus, such as exercise classes, not on this list. Check with the host about attending.)

Where is the Redeemer campus?

There are two entrances to the Redeemer campus.

  • The main entrance is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street. View a map to get directions. This is the street address of the main church building, including the parish hall.
  • A secondary entrance is at 6211 Northeast 182nd Street goes besides the much smaller Education Building down a gravel driveway. This is the street address of the Education Building.

The campus part way up the hill near the very north end of Lake Washington. We are close to State Route 522 (Bothell Way) with its transit connections, Log Boom Park, and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Occasionally you may hear a plane landing at Kenmore Air on Lake Washington.

The Redeemer campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. It is difficult to see the main church building from the street. We were able to hide a large building on the side of the hill.

The best handicapped parking space for you, if you are attending Sunday worship, is near the Education Building. There is a walkway that meets ADA standards to walk to the front door.

People come from Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Kirkland, Woodinville, and Everett to worship at Redeemer.

Our mailing address is PO Box 82677, Kenmore, WA 98028.

161st Street entrance to Church of the Redeemer

What should I expect when visiting Redeemer?

If you are not at all familiar with the Episcopal Church, here are some good resources on the Web. These answer some of the basic questions that you might have when visiting:

How should I dress when visiting?

Look at our photo album on Flickr to see how we dress during services and social events.

People wear everything from a jacket and tie to a t-shirt and jeans. Parishoners include people working in law offices, teachers, tech industry geeks, hospitality workers, and the retired. Don’t worry. You will fit in.

When visiting, dress how you are comfortable. That is what we do.

Are you going to make me stand up and be welcomed in the middle of the service or pressure me to join some activity when I visit?

No.

The last thing that we want to do is embarrass you when visiting by doing a group introduction. Someone will welcome you at some point while you are here, but do it personally.

Know that you are invited to join us for refreshments after the service, but understand if you need to leave immediately. There is always next time.

However, if you sing strongly, someone may suggest you consider the choir, even when visiting for the first time. We aren’t perfect.

What if I have kids?

Children are welcome here.

Our services have periods of silent contemplation. If you bring a restless kid when visiting, consider bringing a soft toy or a quiet activity such as a coloring book to keep their attention. However, we won’t get in a lather if your child makes noise. That’s what children do.

We also have baskets with books and other items for your child to use during worship. We would be happy to help you find something appropriate.

For older children, Sunday School is downstairs in the church building during the first part of the 10:30 am service during the program (academic) year.

For younger children and infants, there is care for them in the nursery during the entire year. The nursery is next to the women’s restroom off of the parish hall in the undercroft (lowest floor) of the main building. Children rejoin their parents right before Communion starts.

What is your worship style?

The type of Christian spirituality that you’ll find when visiting Redeemer is deeply rooted in our catholic and Anglican heritage. It is a modern expression of an ancient faith.

  • Our church life follows the seasons of the church year —Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and the season after Pentecost. Adjustments are made to the music and church decorations to fit each season.
  • Our services follow the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or other authorized texts by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. The “common” in Common Prayer means that all Episcopalians share a common basis of our worship, even when there are stylistic differences in individual congregations. We worship following patterns used around the world and through the ages.

On Sunday mornings, we light candles, sometimes burn incense, ring bells, get sprinkled with holy water, cross ourselves, and celebrate the Eucharist. Services at other times of the week take on different natures.

There’s solemnity and joy. There is also laughing, joking, and the occasional mix-up.

What are these books, and how do I use them?

When visiting, you will see we use three books during worship:

The first Book of Common Prayer was created hundreds of years ago in England during a time of intense religious conflict to help Catholics and Protestants worship together in a united Church of England. The Episcopal Church in the United States carries on this tradition. The BCP contains prayers and liturgies ancient and new. Even if you may prefer a different worship style than what is found in a particular Episcopal Church, you can still worship because your part in worship is provided.

On occasion a liturgical text may be taken from other sources authorized by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, in addition to the Book of Common Prayer. Music may come from sources that are congruent with any of the authorized texts.

The Sunday Bulletin that you receive tells you when visiting which pages to turn to during the service. Your neighbors in the pews will be happy to help you.

Book of Common Prayers, Hymnals, and Wonder, Love, and Praise

What is the Holy Eucharist?

[T]he Eucharist isn’t a performance at which we are an audience of spectators. It is a mysterious and powerfully transforming encounter with God. We are called to be active participants in the eucharistic liturgy, so that God’s power and grace may be manifest in our lives.

— from Pray the Eucharist: Private Prayers for the Liturgy

The Holy Eucharist is central to our Sunday worship service. This is also known as the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass.

We welcome all baptized Christians to receive Communion when visiting. If you are not a baptized Christian, please feel free to come forward with fellow worshipers to receive a blessing from the priest.

We believe that, in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist, our Lord is present among us. We use real wine at the Eucharist—not grape juice—mixed with water.

How do I take Communion?

It may look intimidating when visiting for the first time, but participating in the Holy Eucharist is as easy as eating and drinking.

When you get to the front of the line, step close to the priest with your hands out and palms up. The priest places the wafer in your outstretched hands, saying, “The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven.” You may respond, “Amen” to show your agreement. You may eat the consecrated bread right then (most do), or carry the bread with you to the next station for the chalice bearer to dip it in the wine and give it to you (called intiction.)

  • If you are only coming for a blessing instead of receiving communion, cross your arms over your chest in an “×.” This lets the priest know that you won’t be taking Communion.

When you reach the chalice bearer, he or she will offer you the cup to drink from, with the words, “The Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation.” Again, you may respond “Amen” to show your agreement. Help the chalice bearer guide the cup to your lips and take a drink. If you prefer to receive by intinction, hand the consecrated bread to the chalice bearer, and this person will dip the bread in the wine and place it on your tongue.

Any other questions we can answer for you?

If you have other questions you want answered before visiting, send an email the church office at office@redeemer-kenmore.org or call (425) 486-3777. Better yet, feel free to drop in on a service and talk to us in person. After both Sunday services there are refreshments where you are welcome to share coffee. food, and conversation.

Main building at Church of the Redeemer

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6211 182nd Street in Kenmore, Washington. The campus is a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. Turn at the Episcopal Church shield sign, and go down the hill. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

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