If the end of that sentence is "go back to Church" then this is the post for you!! Whether you are a regular at Redeemer or whether you are scooting around the internet trying to find somewhere fabulous that fits - there is no time like the present.
If you have been here before you know how friendly everyone is and you know how good it feels to worship together. If you haven't then you might be wondering about what to wear and what people are like and what happens in the service.
Well, its pretty traditional in the music and the words but the content is not the same old same old. We believe God is for all people, here and now. We don't hold onto old fashioned ideas about who can be in and out of the Kingdom of God. Inclusive means you - whoever you are. We like ink, jeans, Docs, fabulously bright hair and if you are a suit and tie kinda person, you will find kindred spirits.
We will say hi and ask if you would like someone to help you with the books - there are only 2 but wemake sure to juggle between them - a lot. If you are happy to wing it - all good. The thing you need to know is that the majority of the people around you are not what we call "cradle Episcopalians" - that means that at some point, many in the not to distant past, they were also a bit confused about what was what but found God in the service and came back.
We don't ask you to sign anything and you don't have to join unless you want to (really!!). It all sounds too good to be true and we realize that people have heard all this before and then found they are expected to change who they are to fit in. We realize that "You are welcome..." often means "you are welcome if......"
We don't mean that - we know God loves YOU and we promise to do the same. No one is perfect of course. Sometimes we get things wrong and hurt each others feelings. But we genuinely start from the point of view that you are who you are and it is not our job to decide who that is or to make up hoops of hate and prejudice for you to jump through.