When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many questions that can come from visiting a new church, and we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Is your campus Handicapped Accessible?
Yes, our front doors are capable of automatic open, our restrooms are wheelchair accessible and there are spaces in our congregation for wheelchairs.
Where should I park?
We have a large parking lot in front of the church and there are also parking spots on the left side of the church. You may park in any available spot. There is no reserved parking except for the ample handicapped-accessible spots in both parking lots. We ask that you never park in fire lanes or on the grass.
I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
Yes! For those who are hearing impaired, we have special hearing devices that you can wear that will allow you to control the volume. If you think this would be beneficial to you, please ask one of the ushers located at the back of the church to provide you with a headset. Please turn in your headset after Mass so it can be sanitized.
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you’re joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you’re wearing. In the summertime, it’s not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and T-shirts. Others prefer to still put on their “Sunday best,” and that’s fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length and that in general, clothing is respectable and conservative.
I’m not Catholic … so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of the St. Lawrence parishioners. However, we do have video screens that provide you with the order of the mass, the postures, the songs, and the words to each prayer.
I’m not Catholic … is it okay for me to participate in communion?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we welcome your gifts if you decide to place a donation on the offering plate. If you consider St. Lawrence your church home, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider giving to St. Lawrence weekly. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up with our online giving by clicking here.