The service begins at 10:00 a.m. We are traditional with a twist! You will see and hear things that are part of the ancient faith but expressed in new ways. We have become known as a singing church that works hard to include a wide variety of music which appeals to different people. Each service includes a special message for elementary-age children after which, they are free to participate in an age-appropriate worship experience that we call “WeeKirk” or “Little Church.” Youth and adults remain for the pastor’s message and the conclusion of the service. A coffee/fellowship hour follows in the Atrium.
Is there a dress code?
We do not have a dress code. That’s right, come as you are. You’ll see some people in jeans and sweaters, shorts and t-shirts or suits or dresses. Be comfortable! We think God is more interested in you not your wardrobe.
Where can I park?
We have free parking in the back lot (enter from either Marlow Avenue or Belle Avenue), and also in the front lot off of Detroit Avenue. There is plenty of parking on the streets. Handicap-reserved spaces are marked in the front and back parking lots.
How do I get in the building?
The church is opened at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays. You can enter the sanctuary through the wooden main doors at the corner of Detroit and Marlowe or through the new Kilgore Center which has entrances from both the front parking lot and the rear lot. No matter where you park, it’s a short walk into the building.
How about my wheelchair?
Our building is handicap-accessible, with elevator and also ADA-compliant restroom facilities. There are ramps at both the front and rear entrances of the new Kilgore Center.
What is a Presbyterian worship service like? How long is it?
The service is normally about one hour in length. It begins as people gather and open themselves to the presence of God as music is played. The first part of the service focuses our energy and attention to the praise and adoration of God with a majestic hymn or perhaps a calming chant that helps us to center ourselves—body, mind, and spirit—upon the mystery and power of God. The second part of the service focuses on passages of scripture that are read and then interpreted by the pastor for their contemporary meaning and application. The third part of the service allows us to respond to the things we have heard and experienced—prayers are offered for specific needs, we present our financial gifts in response to God’s generous provision, and we also experience the presence of the Risen Christ as we receive the bread and cup in Holy Communion at the Lord’s Table. The service is filled with lots of inspiring music sung by the people, played by gifted musicians, and sung by enthusiastic choirs.
Will I know how to participate in the service?
We provide everyone with a printed bulletin—sort of like program notes and prompts—so that you can fully participate in the service.
Do I have to give money?
While an “offering” is a customary part of a Christian worship service and part of Christ’s call to be generous, it is just that – a voluntary gift and not at all a requirement. Money that is received is used to support the church’s ministry and our mission partners locally, nationally, and globally.
What do I do with my children?
We have a lovely nursery room staffed by a certified pre-school teacher and other assistant for infants up to first grade. Our unique WeeKirk worship ministry has been descried in item 1 above, or your children can remain with you during worship perhaps enjoying our special kids worship activity bags. You and your child can make that call. Please check out our Faith Formation (Sunday School) and Music web pages to get a complete picture of the church’s ministry to children.
Do you offer Communion?
We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month and during special evening services through the year. The Lord’s Table is open to everyone, including children, regardless of past or present church affiliation.