Newcomers

Welcome to St. Brendan's. We are glad you've joined us. 

 

We invite any visitors interested in learning more about St. Brendan's to fill out one of the visitor cards at the welcome table on Sunday or contact us via phone or email. ​

If you are new to the Episcopal Church or would like someone to sit with you during service, please let one of our greeters at the welcome table know and we would be more than happy to guide you through the service. 

 

St. Brendan's Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Church and follows traditional Episcopal liturgies found in the Book of Common Prayer. We welcome people from all faith backgrounds. The structure and liturgy of the Episcopal Church has many similarities to the Roman Catholic Church and many of our former Roman Catholic members felt right at home on their first Sunday at St. Brendan's. 

Choosing a worship service 

 

St Brendan's offers three weekly services, each with their own unique feel. Visitors are welcome at all services.

 

Sunday 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II

This is an intimate, traditional worship service with communion and without music.  The service typically lasts about 45 minutes. This service is held in the chapel off of St. Brendan's main sanctuary and in our outdoor chapel during the summer, weather depending. 

 

Sunday 10:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II

This family-friendly service features traditional worship with music and communion. The service typically lasts about 1 hour 15 minutes. Childcare is available for children three and under. Sunday school for children age four through fifth grade occurs during the first part of this service. Immediately following the service we host coffee hour with coffee, lemonade, and baked goods. 

 

Wednesday 7:00 pm - Holy Eucharist Rite II

This peaceful mid-week service features traditional worship with communion and no music. The service typically lasts about 45 minutes. On the last Wednesday of each month St. Brendan’s offers a quiet, candlelight Evening Prayer service that features Taize music and meditation time. 

 

Learn more about our worship services here.

 

​​Following along with the service

 

When you arrive on Sunday, you will be handed a weekly bulletin that includes the full service. The service liturgy can also be found in the red Book of Common Prayer in the back of the seat in front of you. Words to hymns are printed in the bulletin and music can be found in the hymnals in the back of the seat in front of you. Most of the hymns are from the blue hymnal and music from other hymnals will be listed in the bulletin. 

 

Taking communion

 

We invite all Baptized persons of God to participate and accept Holy Eucharist at our services if they choose. Most parishioners choose to take the communion wafer in their hands and either sip the wine or dip the wafer in the wine (intinction). If you would feel more comfortable with a blessing, you may cross your arms at the communion rail and the priest will administer a blessing to you.  For those with food allergies, we offer gluten-free communion wafers. 

 

Children are welcome

 

Children are always welcome in services. Childcare is provided in the nursery for children ages three and under. Children in pre-K through 5th grade are invited to Sunday school following the opening prayer.  A "Toddler's Table" is situated in the back of the church.  If your toddler or young preschooler needs space to move around or some toy/item to engage with during worship, feel free to utilize this space for such times.  We believe that children still learn and benefit from being in church, even during play. Learn more about how St. Brendan's engages children and youth here

 

Getting involved

 

Be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, the Little Log, to keep up to date with all the going-ons at St. Brendan's.  (Email us and we can add you to the email list.) Interested in getting more involved with St. Brendan's or one of our ministries? Have an idea for a new ministry? St. Brendan's encourages all members, whether they have been attending for one month or ten years, to get involved with service and fellowship activities. Our priest or one of our vestry members would be happy to speak with you further about your interests and connect you to others in the parish who may share your callings!

 

More questions?

 

Check out these resources:

What to expect when you visit an Episcopal Church, from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. 

A quick guide to worship aerobics, from St. John's Episcopal Church, Durham, NC. 

 

Feel free to contact our office with any additional questions. 

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Located at the corner of Rochester and McAleer Roads in Franklin Park, PA
2365 McAleer Road, Sewickley, PA 15143

Phone: (412) 364-5974

Email: stbrendans@comcast.net