For Our Visitors: Frequently Asked Questions

+ Where is St. Michael's located?

We're located at 5 Oenoke Ridge Rd., New Canaan, CT. Follow this link to an interactive map where you can get driving directions. We have our own parking lot with ample space adjacent to the church and parsonage, and clear signage to direct you when you enter the church driveway.

+ What time is your worship service?

We worship every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We also have special worship services during the church year. We hold an Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 p.m., and then subsequent Wednesday evening Lenten services at 7:30 p.m. During Holy Week, we hold evening services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, both beginning at 7:30 p.m. Our Easter Festival service is at 10:00 a.m. On Christmas Eve, we hold a family worship service at 5:00 p.m.

+ What is your worship service like?

Our service is a liturgical Lutheran worship service that includes prayer, song, Scripture readings, a sermon and Holy Communion. If you have attended a Protestant church of another denomination, or a Roman Catholic church, you will find elements of our worship familiar. When you enter the church sanctuary you'll be greeted by an usher who will give you a bulletin that contains a printed copy of our order of worship for the day — all you have to do is follow along. Our worship services usually last about an hour.

+ How should we dress?

You should wear whatever feels comfortable to you. People attend our worship services in a variety of attire, ranging from suits and dresses to jeans and polo shirts and everything in between. What's important is not what we wear, but that we are gathering to worship and sing our praises to God. Relax and rest assured that whatever you wear, you'll be welcomed warmly at St. Michael's.

+ Are children welcome?

Children are most definitely welcome! We encourage children to attend worship with their parents so they get used to the elements of the service. Children's bulletins and crayons are available for use during worship — just ask an usher at either entrance to the church sanctuary. In addition, Pastor Derrick tailors a children's message to our youngest members each Sunday. During "Time with Children," little ones are invited to gather with the pastor to have the lesson of the day related in terms they can understand. (Children love this part of the service!) Children also participate in our worship services as torchbearers, acolytes, crucifers and ushers.

+ Is child care available during worship?

Yes, our nursery program offers adult supervision of infants and small children in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday worship services.

+ Will I have a chance to meet people?

We are a very warm, welcoming group, and most likely, congregation members sitting near you will greet you with a smile and ask if you're a visitor. Don’t worry — no pressure or heavy sales pitches! We just like to let folks know we're happy they joined us for worship and that they're welcome to return anytime. We also host a casual and informal Fellowship Hour immediately following worship on Sunday mornings. It's an opportunity to grab some coffee, tea and baked goods, and to meet new people, or catch up with those you already know. We also have numerous Fellowship events throughout the year — from a sweet Valentine's Day Dinner to a lively Oktoberfest to picnics on the church grounds, and more. In addition, we have activities and groups to suit a variety of talents and interests — choir, knitting, gardening, Bible study, quilting, and service events that support causes locally and worldwide, just to name a few. Lots of opportunities to socialize while living out our faith and caring for others!