Are you new?
We welcome you, and here is what to expect at St. Matthew…
We invite you to worship God on FB Live at 930am at the page “The Beloved Community of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Itasca”. Coming soon – we offer YouTube, available at any time. If you are vaccinated and healthy, in-person worship is on Sunday morning at 930am (masked and socially distanced). Following our in-person worship service, we have a short social get-together, where we chat with others from the worship community and anybody else who wandered in the door.
We want you to feel comfortable in our church so that you can feel God’s presence as you listen to the music, hear God’s word, and meet God’s people. (Yes, we use inclusive, non-gender specific pronouns – well, most of the time. Feel free to point it out if we slip up!)
We know that the first time at a church, there are always some questions, like:
What will the service be like?
What should I wear? Does it have to be “Sunday Best”?
What is available for my children?
What kind of music do you swing to?
Here is an overview that we hope will answer your questions:
When are the services? What are they like?
We have service at 9:30 AM. The services are about an hour long. Communion is part of each service. ALL ARE WELCOME TO RECEIVE WHATEVER THEIR BACKGROUND! We offer individual communion cups and wafers. Follow folks to the front and kneel as you are able at the rail. After you receive communion, there is a blessing. If you choose not to have communion, you may come forward and keep your hands at your side or remain seated, and you will receive a blessing. Children are always welcome to participate at their parent’s discretion at any age for a blessing or to receive the elements. (That means there is no minimum — or maximum! — age requirement to receive the sacrament.)
Who will be there?
You will find friendly people of all ages and backgrounds. At in-person services, a greeter will welcome you at the door and direct you to the worship area. Bulletins (the church word for the program) are in the pews, and they will lead you through the service.
What should I wear?
We are concerned about you and what your needs are, not what you wear. People at our church come casual or dressed up, so you’ll fit right in with whether you wear jeans or a suit or dress. Of course, home couch church means jammies are always welcome! It’s up to you if you’re brave enough to wear those jammies in person! (As long as all is covered, no judgement here!)
What about my kids?
If you have children, you’ll want to be sure that they are in a safe and fun environment. Our Godly Play area is at the back of the sanctuary in full sight of the congregation. If you’re with us in person, we have a children’s sermon with hands on activities. Online, there are instructions given – but the mess is all yours!
Is music part of the worship service?
Music is an important part of our worship each week. We have an on staff classical musician who plays organ and piano, and at least two or three very talented folks who lend their talents when they are available! We invite YOU to come and lend YOUR talents! (Don’t worry though — some of us aren’t as talented as we think we are!) This can be done in person, or by arrangement, over the net.
We know there is a lot to think about when you visit a church for the first time. We hope this has answered some of your questions and that you will feel more comfortable in joining us for church so you can see what God has to offer you!
If you have other questions or concerns, feel free to call the office at 630-773-0033.
We look forward to seeing you – in person or virtually! – at St. Matthew!