Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about St. Peter’s?

We’ve compiled common questions and answers here for your convenience. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information.

Our FAQs

We are located in historic downtown Columbia at 311 W. 7th St., just west of the Polk Presidential Home.

Our parking lot is located behind the church, accessible from Walker Street. Those with walkers or wheelchairs may park in the spaces between the church and the James K. Polk Home and Museum where you will find several handicapped spaces. Follow the ramp to the side entrance of the church.

We host two Sunday church services with a Sunday School hour in between. Our schedule looks like this:

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist ( Rite I Traditional Language)

9:15 AM – Sunday School classes for children, youth, and adults

10:15 AM Holy Eucharist (Rite II Contemporary Language). This is a child friendly family service with hymns, a children’s sermon and an adult sermon.

This service is live-streamed on YouTube ( and Facebook (

The 10:15am service is broadcast on WKRM 103.7 FM.

As you enter the church, an usher will greet you with a Order of Service. The Order of Service contains instructions on what to do during the service and the page numbers for the Book of Common Prayer (red book) and the hymnal (blue book). Both books are found in the pews. If you aren’t sure what to do, please ask someone nearby. We are glad to help.

Please sit wherever you feel comfortable. If the church is crowded or if you arrive after the worship has started, the ushers will help you find a seat.

Children are welcome at all Sunday services. Families may also bring their children (infants to young children) to the nursery. Please ask an usher to show you there. When the congregation begins to form a line to receive Communion, most parents collect their children from the nursery so that the whole family can be together at the Altar Rail. The nursery attendants can tell you when to do this.

All baptized Christians are welcome to take Holy Communion at the Episcopal Church. Follow the other worshipers down the aisle and take your place at the Altar Rail. You may either kneel or stand. The priest will place the consecrated Wafer in your hands which should be together palms up. A chalice-bearer will bring you the chalice with the consecrated Wine. You may choose to sip the Wine directly from the chalice, or by intinction (dipping your Wafer into the Wine).

If you choose not to receive the Wine, simply cross your arms across your chest after you have received the Wafer. It is courteous to remain at your place at the Altar Rail until the person at your left is finished. Gluten-free Wafers are available; signal your intention by crossing one arm over your chest as the priest comes toward you. If you choose not to receive Holy Communion, please come forward to the rail for a blessing from the priest. Signal your intention by crossing both arms over your chest like an X.

At their parents’ discretion, baptized children may receive Holy Communion. If their parents prefer, they can receive a blessing from the priest if they cross their arms over their chest in the form of an X.

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