Welcome to Rock Creek Parish. We are looking forward to meeting you!
Visiting a church for the first time can be an intimidating experience.
Will I feel welcome. How will I know what to do? We all were new, at one time or another and we remember what it was like; so we’ve provided the information below, knowing that it’s easier when you have an idea of what to expect. Here are some frequently asked questions.
How should I dress?
Casual dress is just fine. Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up; some dressed casual. We have no expectations for attire. Wear what is comfortable, whether it be suit and tie or dress, t-shirt and shorts, hoodie and jeans — most of our congregation land somewhere in the middle.
Parking is plentiful – There are designated handicapped parking places just in front of the church. Otherwise, park along the roads around the church.
St. Paul’s is an Episcopal Church, and our services draw the Book of Common Prayer, as well as other liturgies from around the Anglican Communion Our Sunday Services are at 8:00 am (sermon and communion without music) and 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome at our altar.
The 8:00 a.m. service lasts about 45 minutes. The 10:30 a.m. service lasts around an hour and fifteen minutes. This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship. We provide a service leaflet containing everything you need for the service. Read more about our worship practices during COVID-19.
When you arrive, ushers will greet you and hand you a bulletin. The bulletin includes prayers, Scripture readings, and hymns — everything you will need for the service.
Can I take Communion?
All baptized Christians , regardless of denomination, are welcome to take Communion in the Episcopal Church. If for any reason, you don’t want to receive Communion, you are still invited to come forward, kneel, and cross your arms over your chest. The priest will say a prayer of blessing for you.
We invite you to explore our website where you can find information about what we believe, our history, what we are involved in, upcoming events, and much more. If you have further questions, you can call our church office at 202-726-2080.