Visitors & Newcomers
All are invited to attend worship at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church and to join the congregation for Coffee Hour (in the Lounge on the second floor) after the service. We hope you will find our congregation not only spiritually grounded, but also welcoming and fun.
Families with children: On most Sundays during the academic year, Sunday School is offered for children from pre‑K through grade 8. All children are invited to attend Sunday School when it is in session. On three Sundays a month, Sunday School takes place during the service; on one Sunday a month, it follows the service. On any given Sunday, the bulletin announcements and worship instructions provide additional information.
Families with small children: Two seating areas at the front of the church are reserved for families with small children: the area under the array of paper cranes (for children age 3 and under); the area in front of the left side of pews (for children age ten and under). For safety, every child should be accompanied by a caregiver.
At St. Thomas’s the people gather around the altar for the celebration of Holy Communion. We invite every person who seeks God through Christian community to join us there, and to receive the Eucharist if they wish. To be clear, we have no requirement for receiving the Eucharist. This is true regardless of your previous religious tradition or spiritual practice. The gathering around the altar may be unfamiliar to you, but most find it to be a powerful experience of true communion and unexpected power. If you prefer not to receive the Eucharist, you may request and receive a blessing from the priest. Gluten-free bread or wafers and non-alcoholic wine are available at every service. The Sunday service bulletins include additional instructions and information.
St. Thomas's is part of The Episcopal Church and, more specifically, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. The Episcopal Church is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.