When you come visit Saint John Coptic Orthodox Church, you’ll find a warm, welcoming community. Our doors are always open to those who are looking for a spiritual home, those that have questions about Christianity or the Orthodox faith, those who just need a supportive community to belong to, or anyone else that wants to attend with us. Our doors are open!
How long are the services?
On Sunday mornings, the Divine Liturgy is approximately 2 and half hours in length. The Sunday Service start at 9:30am.
We know that when you have participated in an Orthodox service you will feel like you have truly worshiped the living God. While following the texts and meditating on the words of the prayers and the story of Salvation in (English, Arabic and Coptic languages), time passes quickly.
Is there a dress code?
The general rule for men and women is to dress appropriately, modestly and respectfully.
Is child care provided?
All children are welcome and encouraged to attend our services. Each parent is responsible to take care of their child. Though the children might not grasp the depth of the service, their seeing the icons, smelling of incense, hearing the chants, etc. is an important part of the child’s spiritual formation. If your baby or child gets fussy, talkative, or has a melt-down, just simply step out into the cry room or anywhere outside of the nave until he or she is ready to return quietly.
Is Sunday school for children available?
On Sundays, we provide Sunday school in small groups for children, from the age of 3 through to 17 immediately following the service. In addition, there is a Bible Study in the hall of the church.
Can non-Orthodox receive the Holy Communion?
Orthodox priests may only serve the Holy Communion to baptized members in good standing of the canonical Orthodox Church, who regularly confess, and who participate in the Church fasts, especially before partaking of the Holy Communion.
These traditions are ancient and have been part of the Holy Church for the 2,000 years of Her history. The Orthodox Church understands the Holy Communion as a mystery of the real presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Communion, not simply as a memorial, or merely in a spiritual sense, as many other non-Orthodox Christians do. Rather than trying to accommodate to often varying “interpretations” or revisions of this and other doctrines of the ancient faith, we simply ask that you respect the ancient, apostolic tradition and join us in receiving the (blessed bread), at the end of the Divine Liturgy.
What are Orthodox worship hymns like?
Between 65–75% of the traditional Cop tic Liturgy involves congregational singing. Coptic Christians do not use musical instruments with the exception of the cymbals and triangle, which are used simply to keep musical time. A choir of chanters leads the congregation in harmonious chant, usually in Coptic or English. Our hymns are solemn, prayerful and intended to lead the faithful to worship the living God.
New visitors will find there are many new things to experience in a Coptic Orthodox Church service. Feel free to go at your own pace, ask any questions you want, and know you are most welcome to “come and see.”