Congregational Life

Living in Community

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Sunday Morning Worship

We worship at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary on the 2nd floor of the building located on St. Charles and Audubon corner of our campus. We value this gathering time each week and put a lot of thought and care into the crafting of each worship service. We follow the liturgical calendar and the Revised Common Lectionary, and the St. Charles Choir guides us in the beauty of this time.

Children are welcome in worship, and families will find a children’s worship cart in the back of the sanctuary with worship guides and resources specifically crafted for our youngest worship participants.

First Time Guests

First, come as you are. Truly. Our worship style may be formal, but that does not mean you have to be. During Saints season, you’ll see black and gold. During Carnival, you’ll see purple, green, and gold. And in ordinary time, you’ll find a little bit of everything.

Second, finding a place to park and winding your way to the sanctuary may be tricky the first time you try. Like most Uptown churches, there is not a parking lot. Take the streetcar or anticipate walking a block or two.

Third, we end worship with good coffee and a few treats in the back of the sanctuary around a big, family table. We would love for you to join us.

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MIDWEEK COMMUNITY MEALS

Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, we gather on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. for a shared community meal (suggested $8 donation) followed by a time of prayer and a rotating program—Bible or topical study, spiritual practices, and welcoming activists, change agents, organizers, and nonprofits to help guide us in our care of our city and world. These vital conversations shape who we are as a congregation and lead us to move in the world in very particular ways. Whether you can make it twice a year or every week, the table will be set for you.

SOCIAL ACTION

We believe that following on the path of Jesus requires direct action in the world. In The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser writes, “Our prayers need our flesh to back them up.” We prioritize working for peace and justice in our relationships, in our neighborhoods, and in our world because our faith calls us to embody the ways of Christ. You can learn more about specific projects on our Community Engagement page. Serving our neighbors, advocating for a more just and equitable city, and growing in our knowledge of unfair systems are vital acts of faith.