How is CtK responding to the Covid-19 pandemic?

CtK is committed to following directions from San Juan Basin Health and the Office of the Bishop. You can find information and protocols that we are following from our Health Department here. The Office of the Bishop indicates that “congregations and communities of faith are to continue to prioritize worship opportunities that are safe, accessible, invitational, meaningful, and sustainable. The use of an online/digital platform remains the highest recommended format for corporate worship through at least the end of the calendar year. Any in-person worship experience should prioritize an outdoor venue, small groups, physical distancing, and the use of face coverings. There is a strong likelihood that corporate, in-person worship that is able to include all parishioners inside of a church building will not be advisable well into 2021.”  To that end, see our Worship Page to join us via Livestream/Zoom and our Sign-Up Hub to register for Holy Communion and other socially-distanced in-person events.


Where is CtK located?

495 Florida Road, across from Chapman Hill, in Durango.

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What are CtK's service times?

See our Worship Page for times and locations.

I’m not a Lutheran – may I take communion?

Yes! All people – young, old, member, non-member, however you identify yourself – are welcome to join in communion, trusting that Christ promises to be truly present. We provide a common cup (containing red wine) or individual cups (containing red wine or white grape juice).  Whole wheat communion bread is served, and gluten free communion bread is available if desired.

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When is Sunday School?

When is Sunday School?

Currently we are providing weekly videos for elementary aged kids and their parents to watch at home. Email Mandy if you want a personalized version!

May I bring my child to a worship service?

Please do! Children are always welcome at worship services. You can borrow a tote bag containing materials for quiet, age-appropriate activities your child may work on during the service. The 10:30 AM Sunday service usually has the most children in attendance, and the Wednesday evening Behold! service is interactive.

What if my child gets noisy during a service?

Babbling, talking, and squealing are no big deal. We like to hear children participate in the service. On the other hand, if your child is having a screaming tantrum, you should both probably take a break outside for a few minutes. Feel free to use the Chapel/Cry Room, where you can close the door but also turn on the TV and hear & see what is happening in the Sanctuary. Ask an usher if you need assistance.

Do you have childcare available during services?

Yes! Our nursery is staffed during the 10:30AM service every Sunday. Children 1st grade and under begin the service in the Sanctuary with their parents, then go to the Nursery with the attendants after Children’s Time with Pastor.

May I bring my dog to church?

Only if he/she is a service animal, or one in training.

When does CtK's Youth Group meet?

Currently we are meeting via Zoom at 10:30am on Sundays. Email Mandy if you need the room number.

How accessible is CtK for those with disabilities?

CtK’s Sanctuary, Community Hall, and church offices are wheelchair accessible, and we have two accessible family restrooms. The sanctuary aisles are extra wide to accommodate a wheelchair next to each of the pews. Ushers can provide individual audio amplification systems for worship services.  We need your input on how to eliminate as many barriers as possible; call 970-247-5310 with suggestions. 

How do I become a member?

Let Pastor Tim know you are interested in joining the church. Talk to him before or after a worship service, email him, or call the church office, 970-247-5310.

I can’t kneel at the altar rail. How do I take communion?

It’s fine to stand, if you wish. You can also let an usher know before or during the service, and the pastor will bring the elements to you.

Do I have to be a member to get a name tag?

Nope. Sign up on the clipboard in the Welcome Center with your name and preference of clip or magnet. You can also email the church office, or call, Monday through Thursday, at 970-247-5310. Until you have one of your own, wear one of the reusable tags on the easel in the Welcome Center.

What should I wear to a worship service?

In general, “business casual” clothes will work for any service. We may dress up a little for Christmas and Easter, but this is Durango, where fresh jeans and clean boots sometimes count as formal wear. We care a lot more about your presence than your attire.

I’m ________. Will I really be welcome at Christ the King?

Fill in the blank with: divorced, married, single, gay, heterosexual, lesbian, transgender, conservative, liberal, old, young, a tourist, a Durango native, agnostic, Swedish, not a Scandinavian, poor, wealthy, funny-looking, etc.

The answer is always YES. If you have a pulse, you are wanted here. (For those without a pulse, there’s an automatic defibrillator in the Community Hall.)

What is the ELCA?

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is CtK’s parent organization.

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Who was Martin Luther?

Martin Luther was a priest and professor at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In the process of trying to correct problems within the Roman Catholic Church, he initiated the Protestant Reformation. Luther objected to several tenets of the Catholic Church of the time, including the idea that people could buy forgiveness of sins. Luther taught that God alone could forgive sins and that faith alone was sufficient to gain entrance to heaven. For these and other radical teachings, Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in early 1521, then condemned to death as a heretic. Immediately after the proceedings, Luther was kidnapped (rescued) and taken to Wartburg Castle, where he lived for a year under the protection of Frederic the Wise. During his exile, he translated the New Testament from Greek into German, which allowed the gospel to be read aloud and understood by commoners – a revolutionary concept at the time. As rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church spread, it grew increasingly violent, and secular authorities asked Luther to return to Wittenberg to bring some order to the movement. In the following 24 years, he completed translation of the Old Testament, wrote hundreds of treatises on faith, and established what is now known as the Lutheran Church.