Welcome to the Orthodox Church!

There are many things about Orthodox worship that may surprise and confuse you. We want you to know, we welcome all visitors and hope you will feel comfortable asking questions at an appropriate time! We want to help by answering a few of those questions now, so you know what to expect on your visit. Also visit our Audio Podcast Library or our Article Library to find more answers to common questions. You may want to browse the Our Parish page including our vision and mission. Learn more about our faith and opportunities to grow by following the links on the Our Faith page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are services?

On Sundays, Divine Liturgy lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes. Other services during the week and throughout the year range from thirty minutes to two hours. To learn more about a typical Sunday worship service, listen to the series called Sunday Worship found in our Audio Podcast Library.

Is there a dress code?

There is no formal dress code for attending church services. However, Orthodox parishioners tend to be more formally dressed for services, wearing modest clothing that typically ranges from business casual to formal wear.

Can non-Orthodox receive the Holy Eucharist?

Because the Orthodox Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist as the divine mystery of Christ’s real presence, it is reserved for those members of the Orthodox Church who have prepared themselves to receive the Body & Blood of the Lord. Non-Orthodox are still invited to participate in the worship of the church and are welcome to attend all parts of the service.

Is there childcare provided?

In Orthodox services, children worship alongside their families. The church does not provide child care services except on special occasions such as adult classes and seminars.

Before Your First Visit to an Orthodox Church

The following excerpt is from 12 Things I Wish I’d Known, by Frederica Mathews-Green. The complete article is a helpful breakdown of some key questions you might have on your first visit. To read the full article, click on the “read more” link below.

During the early part of the service the church may seem to be in a hubbub, with people walking up to the front of the church, praying in front of the iconostasis (the standing icons in front of the altar), kissing things and lighting candles, even though the service is already going on. In fact, when you came in the service was already going on, although the sign outside clearly said “Divine Liturgy, 9:30.” You felt embarrassed to apparently be late, but these people are even later, and they’re walking all around inside the church. What’s going on here? {Read more}