We look forward to welcoming you to Northside! Please be in touch if you have any questions.
Lend us your spirit and your voice. Even first time visitors can have a role in our bilingual services.
The Spirit moves us and God shapes us as we read, pray and sing together.
9am Sundays| Children’s Eucharist
Expect a shorter communion service, an altar for small children, and time to hang out in the kitchen after worship. Listen to the young as they pray. It will inspire you.
10:15am Sundays | Worship
Bring your whole self and your true self to this participatory communion service. The second Sunday of each month is different. Worship is shorter, and we share breakfast instead of communion. Children are welcome, included, and essential. They may act their age and will receive thematic coloring pages upon arrival.
Our music reflects our mixed ethnic culture. Led by Dina "Liz" Gutierrez, we sing traditional Anglo and African American hymns as well as meditative and contemporary Latin and Hispanic tunes. The lyrics are bilingual. Expect to be offered something percussive for the closing song. We insist on ending with joy and vigor.
What to Expect On Sundays
Our building and restrooms are fully accessible. There are no stairs into or inside the building.
Our restrooms are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible. One includes a diaper changing table. Both have training potties for young friends and foot stools so kids can wash hands easily.
Masks are optional at this time. Hand sanitzer and disposable masks for all ages are available in the entry.
Not all of us are bilingual. We have found over the years that moving between English and Spanish gives everyone enough head and heart food for the spiritual journey. When hearts and minds are open, the Spirit conveys the wisdom that needs sharing on any given Sunday.
Many of us are huggers, yet we always follow the lead of our visitors as to how they would like to be greeted or to exchange the peace. A bow, a handshake, or a high five are all spoken here. Children are never forced to hug, but rather asked permission.
All persons are invited to receive communion at Northside Episcopal Church. You do not need to be pure, perfect, or have made an individual confession. You do not have to be baptized or an Episcopalian. You simply have to desire to share a powerful and symbolic meal with others on life’s complex and spiritual journey.
Juice is always available as a wine alternative during communion. On the rare occasion that the church serves beer or wine at an event, non-alcoholic options always abound.
Side hugs and high fives are the preferred practice here. Adults must ask permission before initiating bodily contact with a child. Further, our building is outfitted in conformity with the abuse prevention and safety standards of the diocese. Clergy and volunteers are safety certified and screened in accordance with diocesan requirements.
On Public Transportation
We are a 12 minute walk North from the Quitman/ Near Northside stop on the Metrorail Red Line, and a 9 minute walk South from the N Main St @ Vincent St stop on the 044 Acres Homes to Downtown bus.
You can also use Metro’s online trip planner:: https://planyourtrip.ridemetro.org/#/
Or call 713-635-4000 to find out what bus to take from your destination
The Meditation Garden is a gift of beauty and solace to the community.
It is located outside at 3303 N. Main Street, Houston TX, 77009.