Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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Newcomers

Welcome!

We’re glad you’re here! We are pleased that you are interested in exploring our faith community. Calvary is located in the heart of downtown Columbia, Missouri and close to three vibrant college campuses. Our parish has provided inspiration for the life of our city for more than 150 years.

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Calvary is a vibrant, inclusive Christian community

We come from many places and journey at different paces, but we are all seeking a deeper life in Christ. We don’t have all the answers, but we do ask very good questions!

If you are new to the Episcopal Church, you may wish to start with our What We Believe page. If you are interested in attending a service, you may want to learn more about our service times and formats or what to expect before, during, and after a service at Calvary.

Every church does things differently. Here are some answers to questions you may have about the Episcopal Church and about Calvary, in particular.

The Service

What should I wear?

People wear a variety of clothing styles to Calvary services.  Anything from jeans to suits and ties blend right in.  Wear what works for you. We’re glad to have you with us!

Where should I sit?

Please sit in whatever part of the church you feel most comfortable.  There’s no reserved seating here!  If you arrive late and things seem a bit crowded, the ushers handing out bulletins at the door will be happy to help you find a seat.

What are those two books everybody is using?

The blue book is the hymnal, where you will find all music sung at the service.  The numbers in the service bulletin indicate where to find each song.  Numbers that start with an “S” are “service music” and are found at the front of the hymnal, while numbers without a letter start further back.  Occasionally we may use a hymn from outside the hymnal, and the bulletin will indicate where to find it, usually on a separate piece of paper inserted in the bulletin.

The red book is the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which contains the order of service and all the prayers spoken together.

What's with all the getting up and down?

Our service does involve a fair amount of movement. Traditionally, members of the congregation stand to sing or recite, kneel to pray, and sit to listen.  Feel free to participate as you are able.  It is certainly acceptable to remain sitting (or standing) if you have trouble getting up and down.

What is your worship format?

Like almost all churches in the Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican/Episcopal tradition, our worship each Sunday follows a liturgical worship format. The first part of the service is the “liturgy of the word,” which  includes readings from the Old Testament and New Testament, usually followed by a short sermon, prayers for the church and for the world, confession, and sharing of the peace. In the second part of the service, the “liturgy of the table,” we hear the story of the Last Supper and partake of the Body and Blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine. Communion is offered every Sunday at Calvary.

The 8:00 Sunday service does not include music, while the 10:30 service includes our choir and hymns accompanied by the organ. The 9:00 am service takes place upstairs in the chapel, and has a more contemporary, informal feel. 

Am I allowed to take Communion? What do I do?

All are welcome at the altar, and all baptized people are welcome to share in the Eucharist. To take the bread (wafer), hold out your hands with the right on top of your left.  The priest will place the bread in your palm. You may either eat the bread or hold it in your hand to dip in the chalice when it is offered.

If you choose to dip the bread in the cup, it is helpful if you hold it so that the person serving the wine can see it; he or she will then hold the cup for you to dip the edge of your bread. If you wish to eat the bread and then drink the wine, it is helpful if you reach out and guide the cup to your lips to take a sip.

If you would prefer, you may have a blessing instead of taking the bread. Simply cross your arms over your chest and the priest will know you desire to be blessed. You may also cross your arms if you prefer not to take any wine, and the server will simply skip over you.

If I'm new, will I have to stand up and be recognized?

 No. We are always delighted to have newcomers with us, and you will be invited to identify yourself by signing our guest register or completing a newcomer’s card. This allows us to contact you by e-mail or phone (if you wish) to extend our welcome and provide information.

What if I’m Bringing Kids?

Are children welcome in church?

 Definitely!  Children of all ages are welcome to attend the entirety of any of our worship services if they (and you) wish. Unlike many churches, we do not have a “cry room,” but we understand that small children sometimes “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (and sometimes noises not so joyful). Often parents sit towards the back of the church so that they can take their children outside if needed, but some of us have found that our children are more interested and engaged if we sit right up front so they can see. Wherever you choose, we love having children present and encourage them to participate in the service as they are able.

Children’s worship bulletins (a short leaflet with activities related to the scripture lessons for the day) and crayons are available at the entrance to the church. Also, please feel free to borrow an activity bag from the back corner of the church for your little one to enjoy during worship.

Is there a nursery for infants and very young children?

For infants and children 3 and under, we have a nursery where they are welcome to stay for all or part of the service. It is staffed at all times by two trained church members.

Is there an alternate service for young children?

Although young children are always welcome in all our worship services, our 9:00am liturgy may be particularly appealing for them. This worship service, called “The Rite Place Liturgy” is a joyful, contemporary setting of the Holy Eucharist in a briefer format, with a special welcome to young children. It takes place in the Chapel upstairs, using a smaller altar in a welcoming space. Children help lead this service.

Is there Sunday School?

During the school year, Sunday School for children ages 3 through junior high school takes place between services, from 9:50 to 10:25 am.

Before and After the Service

Where are you located?

We are in the heart of downtown Columbia, Missouri, on the corner of Ninth and Locust Streets.  Click HERE for a map.

Where can I park?

Calvary is a downtown church with a very small parking lot.  However, there is a lot of parking available nearby and it is usually easy to find a spot within a block or two of the church.  Handicapped spots are available in front of the church on Ninth Street. We have also recently added a valet parking option. Call the church office at 573-449-3194 to inquire about valet parking.

What happens between services?

During the school year, Sunday School takes place between services, including Adult Education and Sunday School for children.  Anyone is welcome to join these classes.  Adult Education topics are announced in the bulletin and through our weekly informational e-mail (sign up HERE). During the summer, we sometimes gather for a more informal conversation about the Sunday scriptures or other topics.

Hey, is that coffee I see?

It sure is!  Between services and after the 10:30 service, coffee and snacks are served in the fellowship foyer (the “lobby” outside the sanctuary).  Please join us. We’d love to meet you!

Additional

What if I have more questions that are not answered above?

If you have other questions, feel free to call the church office or just ask somebody at church. The person who is seated at the reception desk in the church office is always a good person to ask, but nearly anyone can help or refer you to someone who can!

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