We realize that it can be scary to walk into a new place – especially if you’re not used to attending church. We would like to make it as easy and non-threatening as possible, so here’s some basic information about what to expect your first time here.
The entrance to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church San Diego main parking lot is at 3450 Clairemont Drive, on the north side of the building and is easily visible from Clairemont Drive (the driveway right before our sign). Feel free to use our Guest Parking spaces, reserved just for you! There is also a small parking lot on Clairemont Drive at the south side of the main church building. This small parking area provides an access to a ramp for those who are unable to negotiate stairs.
*Please note that you must turn right when exiting the parking lots because there is a “no-turn island” that is strictly enforced by the San Diego Police Department.
The main entrance is at the top of the stairs off the north parking lot. The doors face north and lead directly through the lobby (Narthex) into the Sanctuary (where the Worship Service is held). A second entrance is a single doorway at the end of the access ramp at the South entrance.
The atmosphere in worship is casual and relaxed. You don’t have to worry about making a mistake – no one will be judging how you act. Come as you are – there’s no dress code. You’ll see men and women wearing jeans or shorts, business suits, and everything in between. Children of all ages are welcome in the services. When you arrive there will be greeters at the front door. Their purpose is to welcome you and help you to feel at home. At the entrance to the Sanctuary there will be ushers, who will provide you with a bulletin for the worship service. You can sit anywhere you feel comfortable. The content of the worship service is all included in the bulletin or visible from the video screens at each side of the alter area. You will be able to follow along easily and participate as completely as you like. Traditional Lutheran hymns that will be used in the service are in the red hymnals (Lutheran Service Book), found in the pews. Directions will be provided for when to sit or stand at different times during the service. You will not be asked to stand up or identify yourself as a visitor. We would like for you to fill out your name and address in the red Attendance Book at the end of each row so that we can send a welcome letter after the service (we also have a weekly email that is sent out). During the offering, please do not feel obliged to give any money unless you feel led to do so; we want you to just enjoy the service. Many church members give monthly rather than weekly, so no one will notice or care whether you give or not. If you do want to give something, there are offering envelopes in the seat rack in front of you. Our worship services include the Lord’s Supper “Communion”, on the first, second and third Sundays of each month. Baptized Christians who believe Christ is present in the bread and the wine, who see their need for forgiveness, and who want to confirm their life to Jesus’ example are welcome to participate. You’ll find more information about Communion here (see below) and in the worship folder. Prayer is an important component of our worship service. Early in the service you will be invited to fill out a prayer card with any requests for prayer that you may have and any request that you submit will be prayed for during the service. If you have other questions, please feel free to ask anyone you see, or to contact the church before you come the first time.
The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, is held on the first, second and third Sunday of each month as part of the worship service. In Holy Communion the bread and the wine are the real body and blood of Christ, given and shed for the forgiveness of our sins. Baptized Christians, who believe Christ is present in the bread and the wine, who see their need for forgiveness, and who want to confirm their life to Jesus’ example may receive Holy Communion. If you do not wish to receive Communion, but would like to receive a blessing, you are also invited to come forward with those who are taking Communion. Simply fold your arms across your chest to signal the clergy that you do not wish to commune, but wish to receive a blessing. Or if you do not wish to go up at all, you may remain in your seat.