We love God through our worship. Sunday, we gather to hear God's story, be reconciled to God and each other, and give thanks for God's goodness in our lives.
WHAT ARE SERVICES LIKE?
To first-time visitors, our services may seem like a lot of standing, kneeling, sitting, and singing. Feel free to participate as much or as little as you wish. You’ll be given a bulletin when you arrive that will help you follow along. While it may take a few visits to get used to juggling the two books we use during worship, we are here to help you and make you feel comfortable. Everyone who has been baptized in any Christian church is welcome to take communion (or Holy Eucharist, as we say). Or if you’d like to just sit quietly and take it all in, that’s okay, too. Most of all, we want you to feel comfortable and welcomed when you visit us. You can get a taste of past sermons here.
About those two Books
All of the prayers used during worship come from The Book of Common Prayer, the smaller red book you'll find in the pew. The prayer book not only gives order to our spiritual lives, it also unites us to Episcopalians around the world and from generations past. Most of the music we sing at 10:30 church comes from The Hymnal 1982, the larger blue book in the pew. Yes, our hymns are sometimes a little hard to sing, but the music is also beautiful, and the words relate to the scriptures we'll hear that day.
8:00 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE I
This service of Holy Communion follows The Holy Eucharist: Rite One from the Book of Common Prayer, page 323 and includes instrumental organ selections but no singing. The Rite I service is generally regarded as a more traditional service and more closely resembles the version from the 1928 prayer book.
10:30AM: HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II
This service of Holy Communion enjoys the traditional hymns and worship music accompanied by the choir and follows The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer, page 355. The Rite II service is generally regarded as a more modern service and includes updated language.
Wednesday, 10:00AM: HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE I
This service has all of the same prayers as Sunday morning, but without music and in an intimate gathering of members who make this mid-week service a part of their spiritual discipline. On the first Wednesday of the month, this service includes special prayers for healing.
Tuesdays and THursdays, 7:15AM: Morning Prayer, RITE II
The focus of this service from the Book of Common Prayer is not on communion but instead on hearing longer readings from Holy Scripture and praying together afterward for the needs of the world. This service is led by members of Nativity, not the clergy, and meets in the choir stalls two days a week.
WHAT’S AVAILABLE FOR MY CHILDREN?
Nursery care is available for the very young during Sunday School hour and during worship. While children are welcome in church, the tradition of most parents of very young children is to let them play in the nursery with our caring staff for the first 40 minutes of worship, and then bring them to communion toward the close of the service. For older children, there are always activity boxes available in the rear of the church.
We are located in the heart of downtown Greenwood at the corner of Church St. and Howard St. If you have any questions about our location or need directions, please feel free to contact us at 662-453-7786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking is available in our parking lot on the corner of Church Street and Fulton Street. Street side parking is also available on Church Street and Howard Street.