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 any Episcopal Church—not only Church of the Redeemer:
How should I dress when visiting?
Look at our photo album on Flickr to see how we dress during services and social events.
Some people wear a jacket and a tie or a dress. Others wear a t-shirt and jeans. Parishioners include people working in law offices, teaching, tech industry, and hospitality. There are children, teenagers, and the retired. There is a wide range here. 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?
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. And, this is not the purpose of worship.
You are invited to join us for refreshments after the service. However, we 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 younger children and infants, there is care available for them in the nursery during the 10:30 am service, if you want. 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.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. 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.