"I'm New to CCRES"
Attending a new church for the first time may feel daunting- we totally understand.
Whether you're new to our parish, new to Coptic Orthodoxy, or new to faith all together, we want you to feel welcome. Here's an overview of what you can expect when you join us.
A Typical Sunday
After the Liturgy, we enjoy coffee and light refreshments in the Fellowship room, located in the basement of the building. It's a great time to socialize, relax and meet new friends!
Weekly Sunday Worship Service:
Every Sunday, we gather for our weekly worship service, held in person at our rental location at 37 Church Mall, Springfield. In the Coptic Orthodox Church, our Sunday "service" is called the Divine Liturgy. In the middle of the Liturgy, following the Gospel of the day, we pause for a sermon digestible for children. Following communion, the children are escorted to Sunday School and a deeper sermon for adults is given.
Immediately following the conclusion of the liturgy:
Distribution of Blessing Bread
"Blessing Bread" is just what it sounds like- bread that's been blessed! The night before the Divine Liturgy, or very early the morning of, deacons freshly bake and pray the psalms over special boules (circular loaves) of bread, exclusively for the Liturgy. The best of the batch are set aside for presentment for Holy Communion, while the remainder are divided and distributed to the congregation after Liturgy is over. The bread is stamped "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal" and circular to represent the infinite nature of God, having no beginning nor end. Q: Can I take and eat a piece of blessing bread? A: Yes! Blessing bread is for everyone, including those who are not Coptic Orthodox.
The Parish House of the
First Presbyterian Church
37 Church Mall
We are currently renting space at the Parish House of the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield. There is ample parking available for your vehicle in the street or in the lot at the back of the building. If you are entering from the back lot, you may use the ground-level door to the right. Our room is located on the third floor of the building (follow the posted signs to direct you).
Accessibility: Please note that we rent space in an older building which does not have an elevator and is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible at this time. If you need assistance getting up the stairs to our space, please let us know and a volunteer will be happy to meet you at the ground-level door. We can also arrange for streaming to our overflow space on the ground -level.