FAQs


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Who is welcome at St. Timothy’s?

That’s simple to answer — EVERYONE! No matter who you are, or where you are in your life or spiritual journey; no matter what your race, ethnicity, social status, education, age, gender, occupation, sexual orientation, political view, or marital status, you are welcome here. And not just welcome – we are glad, blessed, and enriched that you are here!

Who should come to St. Timothy’s?

Anyone who is seeking:

  • an experience of the Living Christ
  • worship that is lively, Spirit-filled, and engaging and sermons that are relevant
  • a sense of belonging in a vibrant, caring Christian community
  • a tradition where we are encouraged to think for ourselves, rather than told what to believe
  • a place that is not just tolerant but welcomes differences
  • a heritage that takes the Bible seriously but not literally
  • an experience of the mysteries of Christ through the sacraments
  • a community that is committed to serving those in need
  • spiritual growth and a deepening awareness of God at work in his or her life
  • support and guidance in living the Christian life
  • fellowship, friendship and fun
  • hope
  • a spiritual home

Am I welcome to receive communion?st_communion-art-2006

The Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is at the heart of Episcopal worship. We believe that in ways that we can neither explain nor understand, Jesus is present in the bread and wine as they become his body and blood, and we are present with Jesus as we partake together. In and through the Eucharist, we experience union and communion with Jesus and with each other. Therefore, we approach the Eucharist with reverence and awe. At St. Timothy’s we believe our Altar is God’s Table and does not belong to the Episcopal Church. The Altar (where communion is prepared) is a place where Christ feeds his children. We are welcomed into the church through Baptism and worship and nurtured through Scripture and Holy Eucharist.

Are children welcome at worship?

Children are valued members of St. Timothy’s, and they are welcome at all worship services. For those  who desire an age-appropriate worship experience, a Children’s Liturgy of the Word is held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. (for more information, see Children’s Worship. Childcare is also available on Sundays mornings during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.

How can I learn more about St. Timothy’s?

The ideal way to learn more about St. Timothy’s is to come and worship with us. That will give you the best understanding of who we are and what we do. You are invited to contact any member of the clergy staff, who will gladly answer your questions. When you visit, feel free to ask any of our greeters for an information packet, or let them know your questions. You are also encouraged to participate in The Episcopal Church Welcomes You class in the fall or winter. For more information, visit our Formation page.

How do I become a member of St. Timothy’s?

There are a number of ways to become a member of record at St. Timothy’s. You may be baptized at St. Timothy’s (if not already baptized), sainttims_p-j_faire16-1120-_0049c1be sponsored for confirmation by St. Timothy’s (or sponsored for reception if already confirmed), or have your baptism recorded in the parish register. A confirmed Episcopalian may have his or her membership transferred by letter from a previous parish. Children of parishioners are also considered as members. You don’t need to have a registered affiliation to be considered a member of St. Timothy’s. On occasion we will have membership classes to focus on the history, faith, and practice of the Episcopal Church. Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry likes to say : We are the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world.  If you have any additional questions about membership, please ask a member of the clergy, who will be happy to meet with you to answer your questions and to discuss your particular situation.

What is your attitude toward financial giving?

We believe that everything we have is a gift from God, and that the giving of time, talent, and money is a response to these gifts and to God’s love and care for us. Our financial giving supports the work and mission of the church, but it is also a way we grow and mature spiritually. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church has affirmed the tithe (10% of our income) as the Biblical standard of giving, and we encourage our members to grow in faith, trust, commitment, and thanksgiving by moving toward this goal. Making a financial pledge helps St. Timothy’s plan how we will steward the resources entrusted to us year to year and fulfill our mission. You may begin a financial pledge at any time. To make a pledge or for more information about giving, visit Giving.

What do I do if I am interested in baptism?

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ, the Church. At St. Timothy’s, Holy Baptism is celebrated four times during the year. These are The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (January), The Great Vigil of Easter, The Day of Pentecost, and All Saints’ Day (November). Candidates (or their parents and godparents) attend a preparation class and rehearsal prior to the baptism. Adults considering baptism for themselves are encouraged to attend the Episcopal Church Welcomes You. Other dates may be discussed with the clergy for pastoral considerations. Persons of any age may be baptized, provided they or their families have an existing relationship with Saint Timothy’s. For more information about baptisms, please call the parish office at 925-837-4993 to arrange a consultation with one of the clergy.

Who may be married at St. Timothy’s?

Christian marriage (or Holy Matrimony) is a sacrament of the Church in which partners enter into a life-long union, making their vows before God and the Church and receiving God’s blessing. To be married at St. Timothy’s, the couple must have a relationship with the parish of at least six months duration. Additionally, at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian, and the couple must participate in premarital counseling. We invite those who do not have a church home to become a part of the life of this parish. To explore the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage at Saint Timothy’s, please contact one of the clergy about weddings by calling the parish office at 925-837-4993.

How do I arrange for a funeral at St. Timothy’s?

The death of a member of the church should be reported to the parish office as soon as possible. To make arrangements for a funeral memorial, please contact one of the clergy by calling the parish office at 925-837-4993.

How can I enroll my child in Noah’s Ark Preschool?

Parents interested in enrolling their child at Noah’s Ark Preschool are invited to visit our Noah’s Ark Preschool info, or contact the school directly at 925-362-8565.