We do our best to make people feel at home. But we understand attending a church for the first time can feel awkward, so here are some clues about what to expect.
WORSHIP. We offer three different styles of worship at EPC.
HOW LONG ARE THE WORSHIP SERVICES? Our Saturday evening service usually lasts about 45 minutes. Our Sunday services usually last about one hour. We have a fellowship time between services with lots of coffee, tea and treats provided by volunteers, and we hope you'll join us to get to know us better and ask questions.
DRESS CODE. We don't have one. You'll find people here wearing jeans or shorts. You'll find people wearing coats and ties. Whatever feels right for you when you come to worship God, that's what you should wear.
PARKING. There's a parking lot behind the church building off of Elm Street, and another lot across Elm from the church. You may also park on the street. However, the Town of Elizabeth has designated the east side of Banner Street as a snow route. Therefore, parking is not allowed there during the winter months, November through April.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE? Yes. The parking lot includes several spots designated for handicapped parking. The rear entrance has a ramp entry. Members would be happy to help if needed. The sanctuary and a handicap accessible restroom are on the main level. You are welcome to sit anywhere in the sanctuary. An usher will gladly help you find a place.
IS AN OFFERING REQUIRED? No. The offering is part of our worship because it gives us an opportunity to give back from the many blessings we have received from God. The offering plate is passed down the row. Feel free to contribute at that time – or not. There's no pressure.
ARE CHILDREN WELCOME? Absolutely. Biblical coloring sheets are available at the entrance. Children's Time in both Sunday services involves a short discussion and prayer. After Children's Time in the traditional service, children rejoin their families and remain in the sanctuary for the rest of the service. After Children's Time in the contemporary service, there is Children's Church in our lower level, with singing, reading and crafts. On Sundays, we have nursery facilities for infants, as well. EPC has a written child protection policy, available for your review.
AM I INVITED TO TAKE COMMUNION? We welcome all baptized Christians to share in communion with us, but you may prefer to not take it. It's your choice. Communion is served every Saturday evening at the Prayer and Communion service. On Sundays, communion is ordinarily served on the first Sunday of the month. In the contemporary service we receive communion by intinction. This involves proceeding to the front of the sanctuary, tearing bread from the loaf and dipping it into the juice before partaking. In the traditional service, the elements are served to the communicants as they stay seated. The bread is consumed individually when served to signify our personal relationship with God. Then the juice is served, held, and we drink it together when signaled to signify our unity in Christ.