What to expect at Emmanuel...

We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with a bit of fear and trembling, but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at Emmanuel Church. Emmanuel is a spiritual home to people from all walks and stations of life, believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, all of whom come together to worship God and serve God’s creation.

We have highlighted some key information in this section, but the best way to get to know Emmanuel is to talk with the people here. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our priests, deacons, ushers, or any of the people around you in the pews or at our coffee hour, so you can learn more about our life of worship, fellowship, and service together.

What times are your worship services?

Emmanuel offers two regular, weekly worship services, plus additional services during certain seasons. They share important characteristics, but each has its own “flavor.” 

Holy Communion – Sundays at 8:30 am, informal and quiet. Eccleston Chapel. 

Festival Eucharist – Sundays at 10:30 am, musical and expressive. Main sanctuary. 

How do I get there? Where do I park?

Emmanuel is located on the corner of Cathedral and Read Streets, in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon neighborhood. See a map here. 

Parking is available in the PMI lot directly behind the church (enter the lot off Charles or Read Streets). On Sundays, visitors to Emmanuel may park in this lot for free until 1:00 pm simply by displaying the Emmanuel Parking Pass (available in the entryway of the church) on their dash. Outside of Sunday mornings, the fees for this lot and others nearby vary, so we’d encourage you to look around and decide what makes sense for you. Street parking, both metered and unmetered, is often available as well throughout the neighborhood, particularly on Sunday mornings.

 What happens during church?

As you enter the church, one of our friendly ushers will greet you and give you a bulletin to guide you through the service. All of our services feature reading, preaching, prayer, and music. At times, you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively. Though similar in important ways, each service has its own style and flavor. Communion is offered at both Sunday services.  Our communion table is open to everyone—Episcopalian or not; church member or not; sure or not; saint, sinner or a little of both.

At all of our services we maintain the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the church’s ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to live a life marked by generosity. If you are unable to give financially, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or a neighbor in need.

Worship services and events at Emmanuel Church are sometimes photographed and videotaped to document the vibrant life of our church. If you do not wish to be included in these recordings, please notify an usher or clergyperson.

Do you offer childcare or Sunday School?

Children and families of all sorts are welcome and cherished at Emmanuel. Childcare is available at the 10:30 am Sunday services. Sunday School programs are offered every week, September through May, for children in kindergarten through high school. 

What should I wear?

Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually. Either way, we believe that God cares more about the state of our hearts than the state of our attire, and encourage you to dress the way that feels most appropriate to you.

How long do services last?

Community Eucharist lasts about 70 minutes. Simple Communion last about 30 minutes.

Is there a coffee hour or fellowship time after church?

After the 10:30 am worship service, we welcome one another with a time of fellowship and refreshment. We invite you to stick around for a snack or beverage, strike up a conversation, and make some new friends!

Is the church handicap accessible?

Emmanuel's main sanctuary is handicap accessible. 

 How can I get more information?

Please feel free to chat with our clergy, any of our members, or call our offices at (410) 685-1130. You may also email us at info@emmanueldowntown.org