Welcome to Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
We hope you'll join us in person this weekend. In the meantime, please explore our website; and if you have any questions, please call the church office at 713-529-6196 or contact us by .
We are a community worshiping in the Episcopal tradition, which has its roots in the oldest of Christian practices. We are a place where important questions are valued as much as eternal answers. Searchers and settlers, those who celebrate and those who mourn, those who doubt and those who believe find a home here and are surrounded by the love of Jesus in our community of faith.
This is Us!
“This is Us” has become known as the “Newcomer’s Class,” and yes, this is true. We have been forming great groups of people new to Palmer for the past few years. Our time together is also enriched by Palmers who have been around for many years and have decided to affirm their faith through Baptism, Confirmation or Reception. We come together to learn more about our faith, ourselves, our church, and God in a small, safe gathering. This semester we invite Palmers for conversation and prayer guided by two themes from past parish retreats: namely, “What are you passionate about?” (2020 Pre-Lent Retreat) and, “Why Church?” (2018 Parish Retreat). Palmer ministers will take us to the intersection of these two questions in their own lives, with Jack Karn, Sue Howard, Carrie Willard, Brady Knapp, Roger Hutchison, Jim and Betty Key, and others sharing their passions at Palmer through Peacebuilding, Assisting Re-entry, Mockingbird, Music, Art, Archway and other ways. From these conversations, we will stretch our own imaginations. “How do I turn my passion to practice? What is the future of the Church? What is the future of Palmer?” The answers to these questions will no doubt give us insight to how God is part of the “This” in “Us.” Please consider joining us every Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month; Parish Coffee Hour meets at 11 AM) at 9 AM for one hour. You are very welcome! Contact Jim Rosenbach at or Josephine Blackburn at for more information. Links to zoom meetings will be posted in the Palmer Links to Weekly Meetings.
Medical Center Guests — Please click HERE for more information.
Welcome to Palmer!
We are a community of Christian faith on a journey to discovery, growing, advancing as we go. Please join us.
Parking for Free
On Sunday mornings, parking is available in the lots north and south of Palmer’s campus and along the Palmer side of Main Street. Parking is also available across Main Street at Rice University, which invites our guests and parishioners to park on campus at no charge on Sunday mornings and on Christmas Eve. Here is how you can take advantage of this wonderfully gracious offering:
1. Enter the Rice campus at Entrance 2 on Main Street south of Sunset Boulevard and north of the Palmer Church property (see campus map at https://www.rice.edu/maps/Rice-University-Color-Campus-Map.pdf).
2. At the first intersection inside campus, turn left to the Founder's Court (FC) parking lot.
3. At the entrance kiosk, press the intercom button. PLEASE BE PATIENT: It may take several rings for the operator to answer.
4. When the operator answers, say you are there for Palmer Church; the gate will be opened for you.
5. When leaving, press the intercom button again and tell the operator you were at Palmer Church.
Please note that this arrangement is for Sunday mornings and Christmas Eve only. And please be careful crossing Main Street.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU USE THE CROSSWALK AT THE CAMBRIDGE STREET TRAFFIC LIGHT.
Parking For a Fee Also Available
Rice University’s Cambridge Office Building parking garage ($12 maximum daily), which is across Main from the church and accessed by continuing from Cambridge Street, or turning from Main at Cambridge, into the Rice campus and taking the first right to drive around to the right side of that building to enter the parking garage.
Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza parking garage ($10 on weekends for self-parking, $17 for valet service), which is located across Cambridge from the church between Fannin Street and Main.
Where is the church located?
We are located at 6221 Main Street, immediately north of the Texas Medical Center and across the street from Rice University. We are bordered to the east by Hermann Park.
Where do I park?
To park on the south end of the campus, enter from Fannin Street; to park on the north end of campus, enter from Main Street. On Sunday mornings, we have additional parking on the other side of Main in the Founder's Lot at Rice University. Click on the "Parking" button above for instructions on how to park there and where to cross the street to get to the church.
What should I expect when I get inside?
As you enter the main doors of Palmer church, an usher will hand you a worship leaflet. This booklet contains all the words of the liturgy and hymn numbers for hymns and other music in the blue hymnal in the pew racks. If you aren’t sure what to do, don’t hesitate to ask a fellow worshipper for help or watch and follow others’ lead.
Where do I sit?
You can sit anywhere that you feel comfortable. If it’s crowded, the ushers will help you find a seat. If you arrive once the service has begun, an usher will be happy to walk you to a seat.
How long will the service last?
The services generally last about an hour.
What if I have children?
Children are welcome at all Sunday services. While it may not seem that they understand all aspects of worship, they do experience the rhythm and beauty of the building and the liturgy. Liturgy Preparation (Liturgy Prep) is offered each Sunday as an integral part of the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. The children are led out of church behind the children's cross during the Gospel hymn and return at the exchange of the Peace. During this special time, the children have an opportunity to worship and learn about the gospel lesson for the day. This special time is spent singing together, praying together, and talking about the gospel. Liturgy Prep is offered to all children. Childcare for ages 5 and under is available in the nursery during services.
How do I take Communion?
All baptized Christians are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Come forward to the altar rail as the ushers direct you and take the next available place. You may kneel or stand. If you wish a blessing instead of communion, please indicate by crossing your arms across your chest. For those coming for communion, receive the bread from the priest in your open right palm. You may choose to receive the wine directly from the chalice by gently guiding it to your lips as the Chalice Bearer presents it to you, or you may “intinct,” or dip the wafer into the wine. If you choose not to receive the wine, simply cross your arms across your chest after you have received the wafer. You may then return to your pew following those around you. For the benefit of those who require gluten-free bread and/or those who prefer grape juice, we offer both. For either, please go to the altar rail in front of the baptismal font, which is the left side of the church when facing the altar, and state to the person offering the bread or the chalice your preference. If it is physically difficult for you to come to the altar rail, please indicate this to an usher and a priest will bring communion to you where you are seated.
The Prayer Team of the Order of St. Luke is available for prayer and unction in the narthex during communion, and at the altar rail after the service.
May my children receive Communion?
Children are welcome at the Lord’s Table at their parents’ discretion.
How do I receive a blessing?
If you, or your child(ren), would like to receive a blessing from a priest at the altar rail, come forward just as you would to receive communion and cross your arms across your chest, and/or instruct your child(ren) to do the same.
What time is education on Sundays?
Every Sunday at Palmer we set aside the 10 o’clock hour for education and fellowship. During the program year (September–May) you will find classes for adults, youth, and children of all ages. On the first Sunday of each month, we gather for a Welcome Reception so that we can get to know one another.
What are “Great Wednesdays”?
During the program year, from mid-September through April, dinner is served in parish hall on the second floor from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. a variety of classes and opportunities for fellowship are provided. It’s a great time where Palmers can break bread, learn, grow, and strengthen their sense of community.
How do I find out more about Palmer?
As our guest we encourage you to ask questions and seek information. Please fill out a Welcome Card, which can be found in the pew racks, and place it in the offering plate so that a member of the staff may contact you. Also, be sure to stop by our Welcome Table outside the front doors of the church on Main Street before and after services. There you can pick up a seasonal brochure and ask questions of our greeters. Of course, we also invite and encourage you to introduce yourself to our clergy and staff. We’ll be happy to see you.
How do I become involved in the Palmer community?
Palmer is a large and diverse community that brings together people of different backgrounds, ages, and interests. Some are simply involved on Sunday mornings, others come for programs during the week, and still others choose to envision and plan new programs and directions for Palmer to grow and to reach out to our neighbors in the City of Houston. Whatever your desired level of involvement, whatever your interests, we invite you to talk to members of our community, browse the pages of this website, subscribe to our upcoming events e-news, and ultimately, to find yourself at home at Palmer Church. We’re glad you’re here!
A Joyful Place for Children!
Our ministry to and with children tries to embody all aspects of our parish mission statement: to know and share the love of Jesus Christ. All children are welcome at Palmer Church, and we see and embrace them as an essential part of our community. In our interactions with our youngest members, we strive to live out the baptismal covenant and teach our children the tenants of the Christian faith.
This begins with worship. Liturgy Preparation (Liturgy Prep) is offered each Sunday as an integral part of the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. The children are led out of church behind the children's cross during the Gospel hymn and return at the exchange of the Peace. During this special time, the children have an opportunity to worship and learn about the gospel lesson for the day. This special time is spent singing together, praying together, and talking about the gospel. Liturgy Preparation is offered to all children.
The Nursery is provided for children ages 3 months to school age. Childcare is available from 7:30 am until 11:30 am on Sundays and from 5:30 to 9:00 pm during Great Wednesday offerings. We also offer childcare for special events.
There are two classrooms available, but children may participate in the classroom where they are most comfortable (with siblings, etc.) Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are provided a Sunday school lesson and activity in the nursery from 10–11 am.
All children are provided light refreshments if they choose. Special needs children are welcome and parents are encourage to meet with Candice Floyd, Nursery Director, to discuss accommodations.
The Nursery is located just off of the courtyard and a few steps from the large oak tree.
Palmer uses Weaving God’s Promises as the framework for Palmer's Sunday Morning Christian Formation classes for children PreK-Grade 5. Weaving God's Promises is a comprehensive, three-year Christian education curriculum written exclusively for the Episcopal Church. Click HERE to learn more.
Youth Ministry at Palmer calls for passion, patience, and faithfulness – pointing out the sacred in the midst of the chaos of adolescence and walking faithfully with young people as they transition from child to young adult. Youth Ministry at Palmer is a bridging ministry of education, connection, formation, and hopefully, transformation. Click HERE to learn more.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer or you have questions or concerns related to the children's or youth programs at Palmer, please contact Roger Hutchison.