Who is welcome at Church of the Resurrection?
     That is a simple one 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 and blessed that you are here!  
 
 
Who should come to Church of the Resurrection?
     Anyone who is seeking:
  • an experience of the Living Christ
  • worship that lively, Spirit-filled and engaging, and sermons are relevant
  • a sense of belonging in a vibrant, caring Christian community
  • a tradition in which we are encouraged to think for ourselves, rather than told what to believe
  • a place that is not just tolerant, but welcoming of 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
 
 
What should I wear to church?
      Come just as you are.  At Church of the Resurrection you will find people in everything from suits and ties to shorts and sneakers.  Wear what makes you comfortable.
 
 
Am I welcome to receive Communion?
      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.  In and through it, we experience union and communion with him and with each other.  Therefore, we approach Communion with reverence and awe.  At Church of the Resurrection, anyone who desires this experience, who loves God and seeks the Living Christ, is welcome at the Lord’s Table.
 
 
Are children welcome at worship?
     Children are valued members of Church of the Resurrection and they are welcome at all worship services.  Children may sit with their parents or, if they would like, sit in the soft space at the front where they will find toys and activities just for them.  For those who desire it, Sunday School is available during the 10:15 service for children pre-K through 5th grade, and Bagels and Bible for those in 6th grade and up.  Sunday School participants join the church service in time for Communion.  Childcare is also available on Sundays mornings beginning at 9:30.
 
 
How can I learn more about Church of the Resurrection?
     The ideal way to learn more about Church of the Resurrection 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 or staff, who will gladly answer your questions.  When you visit, feel free to ask any of our greeters for information or let them know your questions. 
 
 
How do I become a member of Church of the Resurrection?    
       There are a number of ways to become a member of record at Church of the Resurrection.  One may be baptized at Church of the Resurrection, be sponsored for Confirmation, or have one’s baptism recorded in the parish register.  Or, a confirmed Episcopalian may have his or her membership transferred by letter from a previous parish.  Children of parishioners are also considered to be members.  
       Importantly, one need not have a registered affiliation in order to be considered a member of Church of the Resurrection.  Any person who considers Church of the Resurrection to be his or her spiritual home by participating in worship and contributing financially to the support of the Church is a member of the parish.  Usually, that is expressed unofficially by having one’s name added to the parish directory.
 
 
What is your attitude toward financial giving?
     We believe that everything we have is a gift from God, and that all of our 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 through which 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.
 
 
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 Church of the Resurrection Holy Baptism is celebrated four times during the year.  These are The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (January), The Great Easter Vigil, The Day of Pentecost and All Saints Day (November).  Candidates (or their parents and godparents) attend a preparation class prior to the baptism.  Other dates may be discussed with clergy for pastoral considerations.  Please call the parish office at 925-685-2288 to arrange a consultation with the clergy.
 
 
How do I arrange for a funeral at Church of the Resurrection?
     The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible.  Funeral arrangements should be made by contacting the clergy.
 
 
How can I enroll my child in Peter Pan Preschool?
     Parents interested in enrolling their child at Peter Pan Preschool are invited to contact the school directly at (925) 685-2275.