If an Episcopal service would be a new experience or you haven’t been to church in a while…
We welcome everyone to worship with us and attend events. We hope you’ll find your time with us a blessing. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we're glad you're here. Here are answers to some common questions:
What is worship like?
This is a liturgical church. Our worship is rooted in hundreds of years of tradition and the Book of Common Prayer. As you arrive, a greeter will give you a printed bulletin that contains scripture readings, hymn numbers, prayers, and information about parish activities.
We usually stand to sing and when the Gospel is read. We sit for scripture readings and the sermon. Kneeling is optional during prayers, communion, confession and meditation. You may kneel, sit or stand for any of these - whatever makes you feel comfortable and safe.
If you cannot come to the rail for Communion, the wine and wafer can be brought to you. Let a greeter know before the service if you need to receive communion in your pew.
Can I receive communion if I am not Episcopalian?
All who feel called are welcome at the Lord's Table. If you are not baptized, cross your hands over your chest. The priest will know you wish to be blessed. If you need a gluten-free wafer, please say "gluten-free" when
you are at the rail.
How long are the services?
Rite 1 at 8 a.m. lasts less than an hour. Rite 2 at 10:30 a.m. includes an organ prelude, postlude and sung liturgy. It may last a little more than 1 hour. Morning prayer and weekday eucharists are about 30 minutes long.
What’s the difference between the Sunday services?
The 8 a.m. Rite 1 service is more contemplative. Hymns are accompanied by a pianist, and prayer book language is more formal and traditional.
The 10:30 a.m. Rite 2 service is uses contemporary language. There is a choir, accompanied by organ. There is a sung liturgy plus an organ prelude and postlude.
Is there a dress code?
Wear what you like. We will welcome you whether you wear shorts, jeans, a suit and tie, or fancy dress and hat. Be comfortable and be yourself.
Are kids welcome?
Of course! If children get restless, there are small toys, coloring books, and other quiet things to do at a table at the back of the sanctuary. In our sound-equipped nursery, you can hear the service while little ones play or sleep.
Children may help bring offerings and communion elements to the front of the church. Many serve as acolytes. We encourage children to learn what is going on during the service and take part as their age and skills allow.
Where is Christ Church?
The church is at the corner of 9th and Main streets near downtown La Crosse. Our street address is:
111 9th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601
Mail can be sent to:
PO Box 2908, La Crosse, WI 54602-2908
Please click HERE for a map.
Is parking available?
There is street parking near the front and side entrances at 9th and Main. A drop off ramp with curbless sidewalk at the 9th Street entrance offers wheelchair and walker access to Vinter Hall. An elevator to all levels is in that lobby.
Are you accessible for handicapped persons?
In addition to the 9th street entrance ramp, there are handicap accessible rest rooms near that entrance as well as in the lower level Augustine Fellowship Center and second floor Sunday school rooms.
How can I get more information?
Explore the rest of our website. You can also call the church office at 608.784.0697. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. Or, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org