What to Expect

All are welcome to join us as we meet together to worship, pray, and hear God’s word. We meet in the historic church building of St. Paul’s Memorial, built in 1901 and located at 1001 W. Colfax Ave., a few blocks from downtown South Bend. Our services are reverent and dignified (but with plenty of baby noises—children are always welcome!). Some people dress more formally, and some dress more casually.

Sunday morning children’s catechesis (8:15 am). This is held in-person at the church, and there are two classes, one for younger children and one for older children. In the class for younger children, the lesson is usually about the gospel or one of the other readings for the day, along with Scripture memory. Children’s catechesis runs until about 8:50, ten minutes before the service.

Sunday morning service (9:00 am). Our Sunday morning service is held in-person at the church, and is either a service of Morning Prayer or Holy Communion. Each service has a sermon by our rector, the Rev. Steven Wedgeworth; as well as hymns and Anglican chants accompanied by our organist, Michael LeGrand. Our services are from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (International Edition).

We are a warm and friendly congregation, and we invite you to remain afterwards for conversations and refreshments.

If you are used to an evangelical Anglican service with a praise band and a pastor in a clergy shirt, the service will seem formal and “high church.” The spoken words are almost all from the prayer book or the Bible. The music is traditional. The minister wears a cassock and surplice, and faces the east when saying the creed. But if you are used to an Anglo-Catholic mass, this will seem “low church.” You won’t find bells, incense, processions, and lots of candles. In other words, it’s not high or low, but just classic Anglican worship that is reverent, simple, and beautiful.

Note on coronavirus protocols: During the coronavirus, we have taken a number of health measures. Now, because the regularly attending adults of the parish have been vaccinated, our current policy is that masks are not required for adults who have been vaccinated (though anyone who is more comfortable wearing a mask may of course). Adults who have not been vaccinated are expected to wear a mask at all times in the building. Whether children wear masks is up to their parents.

Note on receiving communion: In the Anglican tradition, the Lord’s Supper is "a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves" (Article 28). But it is more than that. It is "a sacrament of our redemption by Christ’s death" – which means that to everyone who "rightly, worthily, and with faith" receives these elements of bread and wine, "the bread which we break is a partaking of the body of Christ, and likewise the cup of blessing is a partaking of the blood of Christ" (Article 28; 1 Corinthians 10:16). Because it is such a serious thing to come to this spiritual feast, the Apostle Paul warns us that we should only come prepared (1 Corinthians 11:27-34). Preparation for communion is explained in the catechism in the Book of Common Prayer (page 306). Q: "What is required of those who come to the Lord’s supper?" A: "To examine themselves – whether they truly repent of their former sins, steadfastly purposing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in God’s mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and are in charity with all men."

If you are from another church, and have been baptized and are admitted to communion in that church, you are invited to the Lord’s Table.

To receive, please come forward at the indicated time and kneel at the rail (unless prevented from kneeling by infirmity). We partake of the wine from a common cup, following the example of our Lord and St. Paul (Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 10:16). The use of a common cup has been the Anglican custom for more than four centuries, and there is no reason to think it poses any danger. When receiving communion, please eat the bread and drink the wine; please do not dip the bread in the cup. Note that gluten-free bread is available upon request.