Thanks for visiting our home on the web. Holy Communion Episcopal Church is a small, friendly parish of loving and fun people dedicated to doing the work which our belief in Christ gives rise to. We worship in an historic downtown church located less than one mile from the shoresof beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We are a Christian community that celebrates the Good News of Jesus Christ and who p
articipates in the Global Anglican Community.
If you are looking for a church, we invite you to learn who we are and we encourage you to visit and worship with us. Our regular worship times are 10 am Sundays, 10 am Wednesdays with church school at 9:50 am Sundays. Special services and other events are listed on the “Calendar” and described throughout our site and we invite you to explore.We have tried to answer all your questions in the tab here on the main page (just above my photo) entitled ”New to Us” … if you have any questions not answered here, please don’t hesitate to call us or use our online contact form found at the link above titled “Contact”.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Questions about coming to church at Holy Communion? We share the answers!
Our service of Holy Eucharist begins at 10 am on Sunday Mornings. Church School will gather at 9:50 am or sometimes starts their program at the beginning of the main service after the processional hymn. Any changes are typically noted on the church calendar.
Our services represent a combination of the traditional elements of worship and music with contemporary themes. Our choir typically performs an anthem at each service. There’s something for everyone to enjoy during our services.
Episcopal services are liturgical in nature. That means the movement of the service is in a particular order; the ministry of the word, which consists of readings from Scripture, then Prayers of the People, then The Peace, then Holy Eucharist, which is commonly called Communion. It is our tradition to use wine and bread for this part of the service.
Liturgy invites us to relax so that our minds and hearts can open to the Presence of God, and the Holy Spirit. We come to church first to worship God, and also to form a community of people gathering to do God’s will.
The order of the service, including hymn numbers (found in the Hymnal), as well as the Readings, are found in the bulletin, which is handed to you as you enter the church. In the book racks on the back of the pew, there are (blue) Hymnals and (red) Books of Common Prayer.
The Service begins at 10:00 on both Sunday and Wednesday. Sunday service usually ends at 11:15. You are always invited to Coffee Hour afterwards.
Coffee Hour is a time of Fellowship. You can stay as long or as short of a time as you wish.
Our Mission Statement is: “Accepting all people, Sharing God’s love, Teaching God’s ways” – every one is accepted at Holy Communion just as you are. People dress anywhere from their ‘Sunday Best’ to blue jeans. What’s important is that you come to church!
Street parking is available free of charge until 12 pm on Sundays for all visitors to Holy Communion in Lake Geneva. The meters do not need to be fed until 12 pm onwards. The closest parking is available on Broad Street itself.
Due to the busy nature of Lake Geneva in the summer, it is wise to arrive about 15 minutes early in order to be sure to secure a spot within easy walking distance, no more than a minute away from the church.
Formation for children is located in the rooms found exiting from the front left of the sanctuary and up the center stairs. We provide crafts and other age appropriate Christian instruction and activities in a welcoming and fun environment. Each Sunday we invite all children to participate, but children are always welcome to stay in church with their parents or caregivers.
We are also hoping to staff a nursery in 2011 for the wee ones. Please contact us if you have an infant coming to services and would like to make use of our nursery space.
Everyone, adults and children alike, who wish to receive Communion (the Bread and Wine) will be fed. If you would like to receive a blessing instead, simply come to the Altar Rail at Communion and request it when Mother Nancy approaches you with the bread.
If you are unable to walk to the Altar Rail, we are always happy to bring Communion to you in your pew after others have received.
We will gladly accommodate the seating of your large group, such as a family or class reunion, and are appreciative of advance notice. Kindly call the church office at 262.248.3522 or email us from our Contact Form by Friday before the Sunday you plan to attend. We can also help to make arrangements for bus parking, if required.
Mother Nancy is available in the vestibule after worship service each Sunday and downstairs in our church hall during our coffee hour. We invite all to share fellowship after each service, and if you aren’t sure where to find the church hall, please feel free to ask. If you would like to make an appointment with Mother Nancy for weddings, counselling, bereavement or other matters, please call our church office at 262.248.3522 and our Administrative Assistant Beth will be happy to help you Tues, Wed or Thurs from 12 pm – 5 pm.
You may also use our Contact Form from the link above if you wish to send an e-mail.
Mother Nancy personally welcomes visitors and introduces them to the congregation.
At this time, we invite you to stand and share with the congregation your name, your current church affiliation and if you are visiting friends or family within the church or local Lake Geneva area. If you like, we would love to receive your contact information in order to keep you up to date on what’s going on at Holy Communion.
If you wish to become a member of Holy Communion, offer a pledge, or have envelopes for your givings, please ask either of the ushers at the back of the church and they will be pleased to direct you to the appropriate person serving that day who can assist you.
Our annual service of blessing of the animals will be held on October 5th at 2:00 pm in the garden.
Some notes from last years blessing (grab a tissue!)
“I was so blessed by bringing my dogs to your dog blessing service, outdoor ceremony last fall.
The lovely woman pastor who lead the service was amazing, full of the blessings of God. She seemed to know exactly how to pray for my beloved sheltie named Suzie, who passed away the following Feb, 2103. She prayed that Suzie would go quickly and not suffer when her time came (I told the Pastor Suzie had a bad heart valve and was 12 years old), and that is exactly how Suzie passed, quickly and peacefully. She had pancreatic cancer, spread to her liver and stomach, so, it was not her heart that took her. She passed with me singing hymns and holding her in my arms. That is how I want to go, with a loved one holding me and singing hymns.
I held my beloved grandmother Inga, and sang her hymns when she passed too, tears running down my face, with a song of praise in my heart. Praise God for sending us beloved people and pets into our lives. Praise God for people like you lovely pastor, who cares for pets.I have held the blessing given by your pastor to my Suzie in my heart since then. It comforts me in my grief and loss. Thank you for sharing love and blessings with the community of Lake Geneva.”
Tuesdays: Prayer Shawl knitting at Penny Atkinson’s home: 500 South Edwards Blvd., Lake Geneva; 262.248.2544
- Evening Prayer at 5:00 pm. This is a simple Prayer Service without discussion. Please come and join us.
- Choir rehearsal 7:00 pm.
Saturdays: 5:00 Family Service. This is a very informal service geared for families . It is short without music.
- Sunday School for children during Ministry of the Word.
- Worship at 10:00 with music.
- Adult Formation 2nd and 4th Sundays
Celebrate our parish family at Holy Communion. Pot Luck after church!
- Help us paint a labyrinth in the north garden after church. A labyrinth is a spiritual path; it is not a maze. It was first used centuries ago when people could not walk the path in northern Spain to Santiago in Campostela.
A labyrinth is a single path or unicircle tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity. the Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth in this example shows that you enter a labyrinth through the mouth and then walk on the paths or circuits. The walls keep you on the path. The goal is in the center of the labyrinth. When you reach it, you have gone half the distance – you now need to turn around and walk back out.
Are you looking for a beautiful, traditional space to hold your wedding? Our helpful staff are ready to help you plan the day of your dreams!
Visit our " Weddings" page for more information!