Tips for Newcomers
Episcopal Redeemer Church welcomes you to our friendly parish!
It doesn’t matter whether you are just visiting our area, are a “snowbird,” have lived in Jacksonville forever, or recently moved here. We have a space for you in our pews. And, we have a place for you in our friendly church community.
First, get to know our layout by visiting Finding Your Way Around Redeemer. (Click here)
Next, this "Tips for Newcomers" page is a good place to begin. We have a variety of services and programs for your spiritual growth. There are also many activities that provide the chance for you to make friends while also being of service to Redeemer and the community.
Be sure to fill out a Visitor Card found in the pew rack in front of you. That will put you on the list to receive our weekly email which outlines upcoming events and activities.
What should I wear if I attend services?
Most people wear “business casual” attire, but we’d love to see you in whatever clothing you have!
Where is the Nursery?
The nursery is located in the third building, by the playground. Follow the sidewalks to the last building and you’ll see the playground and nursery door. You can also click on the link above (Finding your way around Redeemer) to see a diagram of our property layout.
Where are the restrooms?
There is a restroom as you enter the church and there are restrooms in the office building. Click on Finding your way around Redeemer to see diagram of our church campus.
Where do we have coffee hour and how do I get there?
Coffee hour (fellowship) after the 10:30 am service is held in the Parish Hall, the second building on the property. As you leave the sanctuary, follow the sidewalk to the next building and enter the double doors leading into our large parish hall.
What are the books in the pew?
The blue book is our Hymnal, a collection of songs of praise, prayer and petition collected over centuries. The red book is the Book of Common Prayer, a collection of prayers for worship during church services and for devotional use at home.
What does worship look like?
It’s simple – we pray out of the red book and sing out of the blue book. A bulletin is provided as you enter the church. It leads you through our worship service which consists of two parts: Liturgy of the Word and Holy Eucharist. Liturgy of the Word is when we hear the specific portions of the Bible read aloud and we pray for the church, nation and the world. Holy Eucharist (also known as the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, the Mass, the Great Offering) is a sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of His life, death and resurrection, until His coming again.
We hope you are beginning to feel at home at Redeemer. Don't hesitate to ask our clergy, staff, or members about anything that interests you. Here are a few suggestions (follow the links) that might help you become more comfortable with us and to help us get to know you better:
- Becoming a Member
- Newcomers’ Class
- Sunday Services
- Sunday Lectionary Discussion Group
- Tuesday Stock the Food Pantry
- Wednesday Holy Eucharist and Healing
- Thursday Ladies Bible Study
- Women’s Wine Down
- Men’s Grill n Chill
Opportunities for Service
Taking time to assist with ministries within the parish is part of being in a Christian community. God gives us skills and talents to share within the community and asks that we use them. Discover your own talents and interests, and come lend a hand. Follow the links to find out about becoming or joining one or more of these:
- Altar Guild
- Assist in the Office
- Food Pantry
- Church Without Walls
- Vacation Bible School
- Fellowship Committee
Church isn't all about worship. Join us in the Parish Hall for fellowship each Sunday after the second service. Come to special Parish suppers, the annual pig roast, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Easter Breakfast after sunrise service and other fellowship opportunities.
Our Parish Community
Check out the About Us section to meet Redeemer leadership and find out what we're all about! And don’t miss the Photo Gallery where your smiling face could soon appear. On the Parish History Page, you will learn more about Redeemer’s rich history.
What is the Episcopal Church?
Find out about the Episcopal Church and the history of this wonderful community on our "What is the Episcopal Church" page. Puzzled by a term? Follow this link to the "Glossary of Episcopal Terms."