What are services like?
* Service starts at 6:30 AM and ends about 11 AM to be followed by hymns from the choir and a sermon.
* There is a meet and greet right after, over light refreshments.
* The service is conducted in a manner that it has been conducted in for generations, in the Geez & Amharic languages.
* The entire service is projected onto a screen in Geez, Amharic & English.
* The choir presents hymns mostly in Amharic and occasionally in Geez. They are often accompanied by one or two "Keberos" (drums), and on occasion a "Kirar" (guitar), a "Masenko" (violin), a "Begena" (harp) and "Washint" (flute) which are all traditional musical instruments.
* The sermon in entirely in Amharic.
* Everyone is required to remove their footwear (except socks) when entering the sanctuary.
* The consumption of food & beverage, chewing gum, the use of electronic devices such as mobile phones and toys, etc... is strictly prohibited during service.
* Any behaviour that disrupts the serene peacefulness of the service or that may interfere with the attention and concentration of the congregation should be avoided.
* More can be learned about The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church by visiting many online resources. One such resource can be found at; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_Orthodox_Tewahedo_Church
What is the community like?
Mekane Selam St. Urael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is open to one & all Ethiopians and non Ethiopians who follow the beliefs of the The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, without any consideration to their political, ethnic or racial affiliations. All are welcome as long as they are coming to worship and not disrupt. It is a place where the word of God is spoken and the congregation comes to worship.
What if I'm not a Christian?
We all are the children of God.