The new Outdoor Commons at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain, is ready for use.
Phase 1 of the project has been completed. The hill has been terraced into multiple level areas to make sitting easy and safe. The first outdoor service will be Sunday at 9:15 a.m. This service is an informal, family-centered Rite II Eucharist, where all are invited to dress casually for summer weather and bring beach blankets or lawn chairs for sitting. The new terraces also provide some seating, so a stadium chair would also work.
The service is held outdoors weather permitting. If it rains 12 hours before the service or rain is threatened, the service is held in the nave.
Phase 2 of the project will include the construction of a permanent mountain stone altar, an access ramp and possibly an outdoor sound system.
The 8 a.m. Rite I Eucharist will continue to be offered in the chapel and the chapel will become the location of the 10:30 a.m. Rite II Eucharist for six weeks beginning Sunday. This is a full, Episcopal service with music tailored for a smaller space and congregation. The 10:30 a.m. service will return to the nave on July 27 for the combined service and remain in that space for the rest of the summer.
The summer worship service is as follows:
June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20: 8 a.m., Rite I, chapel; 9:15 a.m., Rite III, Commons; 10:30 a.m., Rite II, chapel
July 27,:8 a.m., Rite I, chapel; 10:30 a.m. Rite II, combined service, Nave
August 3, 10 and 17: 8 a.m., Rite I, chapel; 9:15 a.m., Rite III, Commons; 10:30 a.m., Rite II, Nave
Aug. 24: Rally Day. 8 a.m., Rite I, chapel ; 10:30, a.m. Rite II, combined service, Nave
August 31, Sept. 7, 14 and 21: 8 a.m. Rite I, chapel; 9:15 a.m., Rite III, Commons; 10:30 a.m., Rite II, Nave
September 28: 8 a.m. Rite I, chapel; 9 a.m., Parish Forum, Parish Hall; 10:30 a.m., Rite II, combined service, Nave.