Where is the church located?
We are located at 13125 Indianapolis, next to Greenwood Park in North Shore. For a map to our campus, click here
. If you're coming from I-10 East Freeway, go to Uvalde Street exit and turn north. Go to Indianapolis Street and turn west. Our telephone number is 713-451-2909.
Where do I park?
We have several designated spots for visitor parking on our campus. When you pull into the lot off Indianapolis, look for the signs! In addition, we also have designated parking for the handicapped near the entrances of the church. The handicapped symbol is painted on the parking spaces. If the church parking lot is full, parking is acceptable around the property of the church on the grass. There is also parking spaces across the street at Greenwood Park.
What time are the services?
There are several times throughout the day on Sunday for you to worship. Sunday School, our time of Christian education for each age group, begins at 9 a.m. Ask a greeter to direct you to the place where your group will be meeting. Morning Worship, Holy Eucharist Rite II is at 10 a.m. in the main building and is traditional in nature. Follow the crowd! Following the Morning Worship, there is a Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall where we visit with you and get to know you. Please don't be shy, come and join us! For a complete list of all of our services, click here!
What to expect when you visit
We want your first visit to our church to be a warm and welcoming experience. When you approach the church, enter the double glass doors of the main building with the cross on it. You will be in the Narthex of the church. Inside there will be greeters who will be ready to assist you and direct you.
When you enter, you will be handed a worship bulletin. This booklet contains information on what to do, including words for the songs, when to sit and stand, and when to take communion (see below for more information on Holy Communion). If you aren’t sure of something, just watch to see what those around you do.
Where do I sit?
You can sit anywhere that you feel comfortable. If it's crowded, the Greeters will help you find a seat. If you arrive once the service has begun, a Greeter will be happy to assist you to a seat. If you arrive late, we ask that you be seated during a time of the service that is discreet so as not to disturb other worshipers. When you arrive, it is customary to go right on in, take a seat, and either kneel to pray or sit and reflect.
During the service
There will be opportunities for you to participate with singing, scripture reading and greeting those around you during the offering of the Peace. We encourage you to jump right on in!
How to take Communion
All Christians baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who receive the Sacrament in their denomination are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Come forward to the Altar Rail as the Greeters direct you and take the next available place at the altar. It is customary to reverence the altar by bowing your head or genuflecting (kneeling on your left knee and crossing yourself in the sign of the cross.) You may kneel or stand, though the custom for most of our parishioners is to kneel.
Receive the communion bread from the Priest in your open right palm, crossed over your left in the shape of a cross. You may then take the bread to your mouth, or, if you wish to receive by intinction (dipping), place the communion bread between the thumb and index finger of your right hand and hold the bread over your open left palm. This signals to the Priest or the Chalice Bearer to allow you to intinct the wafer into the wine.
You may also choose to receive the wine directly from the chalice by gently guiding it to your lips as the Chalice Bearer presents it to you. If you choose not to receive the wine, simply cross your arms across your chest after you have received the wafer. The Church has long held that the Sacrament is effectual even when only one of the elements is received.
Please return to your pew as soon as the next person has received the wine. If it is physically difficult for you to come to the Altar Rail, please indicate this to an Usher and a Priest will bring Communion to you where you are seated. If you are wearing lipstick, please blot your lips well before you receive the chalice, or you may receive by intinction.
Children receiving Communion
It is our tradition at St. Timothy's that children receive First Communion instruction, normally in their third grade year, before receiving Communion. Please see the priest for information on classes.
Receiving a Blessing
If you, or your child(ren), would like to receive a blessing from a Priest at the Altar Rail, come forward just as you would to receive Communion and cross your arms across your chest, and/or instruct your child(ren) to do the same.
How long will the service last?
The service generally lasts one hour. As our guest, we extend a warm welcome to you. You can help us by introducing yourself to our clergy and by filling out a Welcome Card (found in the pew rack or presented to you by a Greeter when you first enter). Place the card in the offering plate, and we will be in touch with you in the next few days to let you know more about our Parish family.
Immediately following the 10 a.m. service, please join us in the adjoining Parish Hall briefly for the Coffee Hour. It will give us an opportunity to get to know you and for you to meet those who are worshiping with you. Light snacks and drinks are served.
The process of becoming a member of St. Timothy’s begins by attending the Discovery Classes. For more information regarding membership, please see the priest following the service.