Frequently Asked Questions

What do the children do during the gatherings?
Luminous KiDS: Children from newborns through 5 years old are checked in when you arrive and will be offered a safe, secure space. You will pick them up at their room after our gathering. Children from 6-12 years of age are checked in upon arrival and given an appropriate lesson where they hear, read, and journal along with the same Scripture as adults through a curriculum called Sparkhouse. After about 35-40 minutes into the gathering, they will be led into the gathering with the adults to be a part of the Great Thanksgiving. Luminous Students (Middle School & High School) is available as well. *Everyone involved with Luminous KiDS and Students have had MinistrySafe training as well as background checks.

Is Luminous a trauma sensitive environment?
At Luminous, we are aware of realities of trauma. We are a trauma informed parish. Our hope and intention is to provide a sacred space for spiritual wellness regardless of past or present experiences.

What is the worship style?
We believe that the liturgy actually protects us from ourselves. Modern worship tends to be self-centric when it comes to the style. It’s preference based with a lens of accessibility in mind. We humbly join with the historical Church and her rich rooted tradition while in the context of our culture. The first thing to note about our worship is that it is common — that is, it is public, something we Christians share together. We are guided in our corporate worship by The Book of Common Prayer. The second thing we’re told in the definition of worship is that in it we gather to hear God’s Word. In this first part of the service we hear readings from the Bible.

What is the view of women in leadership?
We believe women can and should lead in every aspect as men can, including deacons, priests, bishops, and teaching. There are numerous women leading Luminous, from leadership, vestry, liturgy homilies, and Sacrament.

Do you baptize by affusion or immersion?
In short, both. It depends on the time of the year and leading, really. We usually baptize around the beginning of January (Baptism of the Lord) or Spring (Easter or Pentecost), as well as the Summer, which is usually immersion in the Harpeth River.

Why do Anglicans practice infant baptism?
If it helps you to think of it as a dedication, that is ok. There is an early Church tradition to almost everything we practice. Actually, it’s only been over the past 100 years that baby dedication have become more acceptable. We simply practice the symbolic liturgy and creedal process of infant baptism to commune the parents and the community of the parish in addition to the acknowledgment of the Holy Sacrament of baptism with the Lord.

Why do some people cross themselves, bow, or other things I don’t understand during worship?
Crossing is an ancient Christian gesture in which one touches their forehead, heart, left shoulder and right shoulder. When we teach children what the gesture means we tell them that we’re asking God to be “in our heads” (when we touch our foreheads), “in our hearts” (when we touch our hearts), “and in all of me” (when we touch our shoulders). Crossing oneself simply reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us and of the power God demonstrated in Jesus’ sacrifice. While making the sign of the cross it is common to add an expression of faith in the Trinity (certainly an appropriate thing to do in our parish!): “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Generally speaking, we bow when we pass before the tabernacle or aumbry in which we reserve the sacrament — that is, the consecrated bread and wine representing the Body and Blood of Jesus.

What is the Sacrament of Communion?
For Anglicans the Holy Eucharist is a sacrament. This is very important for ours is a sacramental tradition. In response to the question, “What are the sacraments?” our Prayer Book tells us that “the sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” With Holy Baptism, the Holy Eucharist is one of the two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church. Arguments once raged in the church about whether and, if so, how Jesus is present in the Eucharist. Such arguments are unnecessary. But know this: We Anglicans acknowledge that in the Eucharist Jesus is truly present with us in a unique fashion. The meal truly is a meal with the Lord! And it is one of our grandest privileges to be invited to sup with the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of the universe.

Does the parish have an “Open Table”?
Yes, we do. If you are a person of faith in Jesus Christ, you are welcome to receive the sacrament of Communion regardless of your denominational origin of baptism, orientation, church attendance frequency, or your church affiliation. The Eucharist is a gift, so we encourage a posture of receiving rather than “taking”.

What is your affiliation information?
Our diocese is Churches For the Sake of Others (C4SO), which is a national diocese rather than geographical. The Anglican Communion is present in over 165 countries and is the third largest expression of Christianity behind the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church. By association with C4SO, we are a part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the global Anglican Communion.