What to expect
Worship is central to the life of First Presbyterian Church. With great joy and thanksgiving the strengths of traditional worship and the concerns of the present are woven together. This offering both celebrates our relationship with God and renews our ability to live as Christians in an often challenging world.
As people who stand in the Reformed tradition, the members of First Presbyterian Church recognize that the journey of faith is a life-long struggle and seek to pursue, announce, personify, and practice the Good News of reconciliation and grace in Jesus Christ. Founded in 1842, First Presbyterian welcomes all who are continually being formed and reformed into disciples of Jesus Christ. We value a rich tradition of worship, Christian education and nurture, and ministries of caring and compassion.
The worship life of the church is traditional, Presbyterian, and Reformed following the pattern set forth in the Directory for Worship and the Book of Common Worship. A worshipful atmosphere and classical church music proclaim the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture, and the liberating grace of Jesus Christ.
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. - A variety of classes meet each week for adults, youth, and children.
11:00am - 12:00pm - All are welcome! Children (ages 3-5) are invited to attend Little Disciples (children's church) following Time With Children.
The nursery is located in the breezeway behind the sanctuary. Caregivers and volunteers are delighted to rock and play with your children while you are here. Newborns are welcome. During worship services and other church-sponsored events, the nursery is available for our youngest children (ages 2 and under).
Preschool children (ages 3, 4, & 5 years) leave the worship service following the Time With Children and go upstairs to the Little Disciples' room. There is approximately 35 minutes of class time, and then the children return to the sanctuary before the end of the worship service.
“The Reformed tradition understands Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be Sacraments, instituted by God and commended by Christ. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God’s action. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service” (Book of Order, W-1.3033.2)
Both believers and their children are included in God's covenantal love. Baptism, whether administered to those who profess their faith or to those presented for Baptism as children, is one and the same Sacrament. The Baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God's love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. (Book of Order W-2.3008)
The Presbyterian Church (USA) practices "open Communion." All those who are truly sorry for their sin and are seeking to become more faithful to Christ are invited to share in Communion without consideration of denominational affiliation, race, nationality, or sexual orientation.
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