For first time visitors to our Church, we welcome you!
Note as of March 2020: Please check our “Parish Schedule” link to see our current list of services and when they are offered prior to your visit. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we are not able to host public services but are live-streaming many of our services through our St. Elias Facebook page.
To start with, we want you to know at least this much:
- You are welcome here! Relax and enjoy your visit.
- Our services are in English and prayer books are provided.
- All our facilities are handicap accessible. If you need any assistance or accommodations at all, please let us know. We are here to be of service to you.
- Our children worship with us. Your children are welcome here, too! We expect our children to be raised and instructed in the Church–and to accomplish that, they have to be in the church. If you need to move around during service or step to the back with your child for any reason, please know you are not disturbing us or the service.
- We will not do anything to embarrass you, make you feel uncomfortable, or call you out in public.
- No one is judging you. We are glad you found us and are interested in joining us in worship!
- We will not ask you to give money. We don’t expect visitors to contribute anything to the financial support of our parish or our programs. That’s our job.
If you are an Orthodox Christian visiting our church and wish to join in Communion, please be sure to introduce yourself to our priest before the service. Once you have communicated with the priest, you are welcome to approach the chalice.
We are part of the worldwide Orthodox Church – the oldest Christian Church in the world. This is not a theological statement, it is an historical one. And in every part of the world, there are Orthodox Christians, Orthodox Churches, and Orthodox missions–in traditionally Orthodox countries like Romania, Greece, Russia, Serbia, the Middle East, and India but also in Japan, China, the Philippines; throughout Europe including Germany, France, Poland, Finland; across the British Isles; throughout the African continent including Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa; and across Central and South America. We invite you to our local parish in Diamond Springs, California, to experience this universal church.