Saint  Matthias
 Episcopal Church

Newcomers

Welcome!

We’re glad you’re here! We are pleased that you are interested in exploring our faith community. Saint Matthias is located in Shreveport, Louisiana. Our parish has provided inspiration for the life of our city for more than 50 years.

 

Saint Matthias is a vibrant, inclusive Christian community

We come from many places and journey at different paces, but we are all seeking a deeper life in Christ. We don’t have all the answers, but we do ask very good questions!

If you are new to the Episcopal Church, you may wish to start with our What We Believe page. If you are interested in attending a service, you may want to learn more about our service times and formats or what to expect before, during, and after a service at Saint Matthias.

 

The Service – FAQ’s

What Should I Wear?

People wear a variety of clothing styles to Saint Matthias services. Anything from jeans to suits and ties blend right in. Wear what works for you. We’re glad to have you with us!

Where Do I Sit?

Please sit in whatever part of the church you feel most comfortable. There’s no reserved seating here! If things seem a bit crowded, the ushers handing out bulletins at the door will be happy to help you find a seat.

What’s With All The Getting Up and Down?

Our service does involve a fair amount of movement. Traditionally, members of the congregation stand to sing or recite, kneel to pray, and sit to listen. Feel free to participate as you are able. It is certainly acceptable to remain sitting (or standing) if you have trouble getting up and down.

What is Your Worship Format?

You will be greeted at the front door and given an “Order of Worship” which has everything you need to follow the service except for the hymns. Like almost all churches in the Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican/Episcopal tradition, our worship each Sunday follows a liturgical worship format. The first part of the service is the “liturgy of the word,” which includes readings from the Old Testament and New Testament, usually followed by a short sermon, prayers for the church and for the world, confession, and sharing of the peace. In the second part of the service, the “liturgy of the table,” we hear the story of the Last Supper and partake of the Body and Blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine. Communion is offered every Sunday at Saint Matthias.
The 8:00 Sunday service does not include music, while the 10:30 service includes our choir and hymns accompanied by the organ.

Am I allowed to take Communion? … What do I do?

All are welcome at the altar, and all baptized people are welcome to share in the Eucharist. To take the bread, hold out your hands with the right on top of your left. The priest will place the bread in your palm. You may either eat the bread or hold it in your hand to dip in the chalice when it is offered.
If you choose to dip the bread in the cup, it is helpful if you hold it so that the person serving the wine can see it. If you wish to eat the bread and then drink the wine, it is helpful if you reach out and guide the cup to your lips to take a sip.

If you wish, you may have a blessing instead of taking the bread. Simply cross your arms over your chest and the priest will know you wish to be blessed. You may also cross your arms if you don’t wish to take any wine, and the server will simply skip over you.

If I’m new, will I have to stand up and be recognized?

No.

We are always delighted to have visitors with us, and you will be invited to identify yourself by signing our guest register or completing a visitor’s card. This allows us to contact you by e-mail or phone (if you wish) to extend our welcome and provide information.

Are Children Welcome In The Church?

Definitely! … Children of all ages are welcome to attend the full service if they (and you) wish. Unlike many churches, we do not have a “cry room,” but we understand that small children sometimes “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (and sometimes noises not so joyful). Often parents sit towards the back of the church so that they can take their children outside if needed, but some of us have found that our children are more interested and engaged if we sit right up front so they can see. Wherever you choose, we love having children present and encourage them to participate in the service as they are able.

Is There A Nursery For Infants and Very Young Children?

Not At This Time

Where Are You Located?

Saint Matthias is located out by beautiful Cross Lake. Our Address is:
3301 St. Matthias Drive
Shreveport, LA. 71109

For a map and directions click here.

Where Can I Park?

Saint Matthias has ample parking in front and on the sides of the Church.

What If I Have More Questions?

If you have other questions, feel free to call the church office or just ask somebody at church.