Planning a visit?
It can be intimidating to visit a new church. Maybe it’s been a while since you came to church, or perhaps you grew up in a different religious tradition, or none at all. Let us put you at ease–we’re an easygoing bunch and it’s pretty hard to “do it wrong” at Llanerch. You’ll see folks in suits and people in jeans and shorts. Come as you are.
Our services start at 11 a.m. [DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, FROM MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND, WE WORSHIP AT 10:00AM] and last about an hour. We have a printed bulletin which helps you see where we are in the service and what’s coming next. Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, is typically celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Our table is open to all. The pastor will give instructions for how to receive communion. Some months, the bread and cup will be passed to you in your seat. Other times, the congregation is invited to come forward to receive a piece of bread to dip into the cup. If you are not able to come forward, you can be served at your seat. A gluten-free option is always available, and we only serve grape juice rather than wine.
Most Sundays after church we have coffee and snacks in our fellowship room. This informal conversation, visiting, and catching up is at the heart of the Llanerch experience. You are warmly invited to join us, or grab a quick cup of coffee on your way out.
Children at Llanerch
Children are always welcome at Llanerch for everything we do–we believe that a church with children is a growing, healthy church. We offer a special part of worship especially for children each Sunday in which they receive a special message from the pastor. Following this time, our elementary-aged children are dismissed to Sunday School. Parents like to send their young children to our nursery, which is staffed by a paid nursery worker. Older children are encouraged to join their family or friends for the whole worship service. We also have worship bags and children’s bulletins to provide additional outlets for energy or learning amidst worship.
There are many entrances to the church. Our historic front entrance along Park Road with the large wooden door; the main entrance along Lansdown Road with the double glass doors, or the side entrance nearest the parking lot. Each entrance has stairs, both outside and inside to access our sanctuary. We are working on our accessibility issues in site that has several building phases, all of which were before current ADA codes.
While we are currently not ADA accessible, we are committed to helping everyone we can access our facilities. Our buildings are multi-leveled and there simply isn’t a current way to provide full accessibility. That said, we are committed to ensuring that everyone have opportunities to participate with our community–even if we have to carry, lift, and support members and visitors. If you have accessibility issues, please talk to us about how we can help make your visit possible. Thank you for your patience as we seek to be more hospitable with our space.