Is there diversity in the Good Sam community?
Yes! We celebrate an abundance of diversity - racial, economic, gender identity, educational, sexual, spiritual – as God’s creative design. We are all God’s children, and we are all guests in this good place.
Will I feel welcomed?
It is truly our intention at Good Sam Church that the warmth and welcome in our hearts encompass every aspect of our interaction with you, from your very first contact with us. As a community, we believe that the dignity and worth of the individual is paramount, and our goal is that this is reflected in your spiritual experience here. Let us know if we are successful.
Will I feel overwhelmed with ritual?
Episcopal liturgy is known for its use of beauty and symbol and ritual, but have no worries - simply let the liturgy and the community carry you along. We believe that the beauty of ancient Episcopal liturgy is powerful, and gives us a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. It helps to engage all our senses, and focus our distractible minds, leading us to a deeper place of apprehending the Holy. All that said, feel free to participate at any level you are comfortable with. You will see some people kneel while others stand…some will genuflect, or make the “sign of the cross,” while others will not. Whatever opens you to deeper connection with God is the right thing for you.
Is Good Sam handicapped-accessible?
Absolutely. Handicapped parking is clearly marked in the parking lot. There are two easily accessed entrances to both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. All worship services are accessible, and our newly remodeled sanctuary allows everyone to approach the communion rail with ease. Even so, if you would rather have Holy Communion brought to you by the priest, simply stay seated, and they will come to you.
Are this an Anglican church?
‘Anglican’ is usually the denominational name used to denote the Church of England, while we in the United States use ‘Episcopalian’ to denote the denomination’s name here.
Is there a difference between Anglican and Episcopalian?
The Anglican Communion is the gathering of all Anglican and Episcopal churches from around the world. Today, the Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in more than 160 countries. The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of more than two thousand members. The head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The head of the Episcopal Church USA is Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who - we are proud to say - served as Assistant Rector here at Good Sam Church as a newly ordained priest, and is the first female Presiding Bishop ever elected.
Are Episcopalians simply Catholics in disguise?
No. There are important differences in what we hold to be true. We do not believe in original sin, nor in papal infallibility, and we believe all human beings, regardless of gender or sexuality, are worthy of full inclusion in the life and service of the Church.