FAQs

Welcome!  We are delighted that you have visited with us, and we want you to feel right at home during your time at Nativity.  Here are the answers to some common questions you may have.

What is the mission of Cathedral Church of the Nativity?

To know Christ, to make Him known, and to serve all people according to His example. 

When are worship services?

During the program year (first Sunday after Labor Day – last Sunday in May):

  • Saturday
    • 5 pm Holy Eucharist Rite II (homily, no music)
  • Sunday
    • 8 am Holy Eucharist Rite II (music, no choir)
    • 8:45 am 321 Contact Alternative
      Worship Service (Sayre Hall)
    • 9:15 am Christian Formation for All Ages
    • 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II (music, choir)
  • Wednesday
    • 9 am Holy Eucharist and Healing (Good Shepherd Chapel on the lower level of Sayre Hall)

Summer:

  • Saturday
    • 5 pm Holy Eucharist Rite II (homily, no music)
  • Sunday
    • 8 am Holy Eucharist Rite II (music, no choir)
    • 10 am Holy Eucharist Rite II (music, choir)
  • Wednesday
    • 9 am Holy Eucharist and Healing (Good Shepherd Chapel on the lower level of Sayre Hall)

The Second Saturday of every month: The Feast|Celtic Eucharist at 5 pm with healing, music & Eucharist in the Celtic Tradition.
The Last Saturday of every month: Celtic Spirituality Service at 5 pm with healing, music, and meditation.

May I receive Communion?

All baptized Christians, from any denomination, are invited to receive communion.  We celebrate the Eucharist every Saturday/Sunday at every service.

Who are the Clergy?

  • The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, Bishop of Bethlehem
  • The Very Rev. Anthony Pompa, our Dean and Rector.
  • The Ven. Richard Cluett, Archdeacon in Residence
  • The Rev. Rodney Conn, Deacon
  • The Rev. Charles Barebo, Deacon

Where do I park?

There are two parking areas adjacent to the Cathedral.  The lower lot is accessed via 3rd St and has handicapped access.  The upper lot is accessed via Wyandotte St. There is also local street parking and a parking lot at 324 S New St. Bethlehem.

Is your building handicapped accessible?

There is access to the church proper and all levels of Sayre Hall with aid of an elevator and ramps.  A handicapped accessible bathroom is on the main level of Sayre Hall.  Parking on the lower lot is necessary.

What is Christian Formation?

This is Christian education, or Sunday school.  During the year, Sunday School for 3 year olds through Grade 6 is from 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM, allowing families to attend either the 8 or 10:30 service together.  These classrooms are located on the lower level of Sayre Hall.

Teens and young adults participate in Rite 13 and J2A (Journey to Adulthood) programs. They meet on the upper level of Sayre Hall.

Adult classes are available during the same time, and vary throughout the program year.  Information about ongoing or upcoming adult education classes can be found HERE. They meet on the main level of Sayre Hall.

Additionally, there are midweek opportunities for adult education including EfM (Education for Ministry) and other periodic and seasonal offerings.

What do I do with my children?

Families are encouraged to worship together. A nursery for infants and toddlers is available from 7:45 AM until noon, where a skilled childcare professional and volunteers will care for your child. It is located on the lower level of Sayre Hall. If you are more comfortable having your children with you, we would be delighted to have them present in the church. There are toys and coloring supplies on the table in the back of the church that can be used by children during the services.

Do you have other youth activities?

Much of our youth activity is carried out as an extension of the Journey to Adulthood program and includes fellowship and service opportunities.   Nativity Youth Camp is a week long residential camp for those who have completed 2nd grade through high school.

How can I find out about ministries, outside of the worship services, that are available to me?

The weekly service bulletins will have some information about ongoing ministries.  You can also speak with any of the clergy or any vestry member. If you have Internet access, you will find www.nativitycathedral.org helpful.

*A complete listing of ministries can be found on the website.

What books are used during the worship service?

The Book of Common Prayer is a collection of ancient and modern prayers and readings that allows everyone to participate in worship.  Copies of the Book of Common Prayer, as well as hymnals, are available in the pews for your use during services. For the ease of those attending our Saturday and Sunday worship we print the service and Bible readings in the service bulletin, but you will still need to use the hymnal.

How can I become a member of Cathedral Church of the Nativity?

Those who have already been baptized and have been active in another church may request having their membership transferred to Nativity.

Baptized Christians may also choose to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of a bishop and receive the laying on of hands.  In the Anglican tradition, this rite is known as Confirmation.

If you’re interested in joining the church and have never been baptized, arrangements may be made with Dean Tony for Holy Baptism.  Baptismal services are scheduled regularly throughout the year.

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