Finding a church home can be a very difficult and somewhat intimidating process. From not knowing what to expect, to meeting new people, we understand your concern. That's why we have posted some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to a member of our staff or our pastoral team.
Is Epicenter affiliated with a denomination?
We are an independent convergent church. We are affiliated with a larger communion of churches, the Continuing Evangelical Episcopal Communion, and the of the Diocese of Saint James the Greater. We are a modern, liturgical, and sacramental church with both historic catholicity and a charismatic flare.
What is a service like at Epicenter?
Services are lively, sometimes interactive, and spirit-filled. Our worship is contemporary and we encourage our congregation to worship as the Spirit leads. Thursday nights we have a very informal Bible Study with refreshments and a time of fellowship. Our Saturday Mass is filled with worship both in song and in Word. We observe the Eucharist or communion and celebrate all that God has done for us.
Why do you use terms such as Mass, Priest, Father, and Eucharist?
We are a sacramental church, which simply means that we honor the sacraments as do many other Christian churches. As a sacramental church, we use terms that speak to the ancient traditions of the Church. The term "Mass" means to go forth or to send out. That term for us sums up the Great Commission. At the end of our Mass or Worship Service, we are filled up and ready to be sent out into the world. There is always an issue with the term "priest" and "father". So why do we use these terms for our Pastor? The term "priest" is used throughout the Bible, so this one should be pretty simple to sort out. The term "father" is an ancient term that is referred to in the Old and New Testaments. (Gen. 45:8, Is. 22:20-21, Job 29:16, II Kings 2:12, Acts 7:2, Romans 9:10, I Cor. 4:17, II Timothy 1:2). Many argue that Matthew 23:9 prohibits this practice; however, like many other Scriptures, if one will examine the historical context and original Greek, it is clear that Jesus was addressing spiritual pride, not an ecclesial title. Finally, why do you take communion each week and why do you call it Eucharist? First, Jesus did not suggest that we partake of His Body and Blood, it was a commandment. Further, the word Eucharist simply means "thanksgiving". For us, the Eucharist is not just a ceremony but a divine encounter with our Savior. Finally, "Are you Catholic?" Although we are rooted in the historic old catholic traditions, we are not Roman Catholic. A better description would be Charismatic Anglo-Catholic. Convergence Worship is something to be experienced. For Protestants, we have just enough elements that you will feel at home. For those from the Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal, or other liturgical traditions, you will be right at home as well. We believe Christ to be the head of His Church, not a man; therefore, our sacraments and succession are both valid.
What does it mean to be Charismatic?
A more common term would be Pentecostal. Simply stated, we believe that the Holy Spirit poured out His gifts in the Book of Acts and these gifts are still active today. We believe that spirit-filled Christians have gifts given by the Holy Spirit to be used for the building of God's Kingdom.
What should I wear?
Whatever you have. There is no dress code at the Epicenter. Come as you are. We just ask that everyone remember that we are coming together to worship our King, so modesty is encouraged.
Do you have children's programs?
As a new church plant, we are growing both in number and in our ministries. We do currently have a simple children's program on Saturday nights following worship. We encourage our children to worship with us.
For answers to other questions, please feel free to give us a call or send a quick email.
We welcome you to the Epicenter!