Q: Is nursery care provided?
A: Yes. Our nursery is located on the first floor of the building inside the doors of the north entrance. Nursery care is provided for all worship services and Sunday School. For additional programing, childcare is provided as advertised by specific event.
Q: How do I become a member of the church?
A: A new members class is offered once or twice a year. Classes will be held and together, the whole group of new members confesses their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those not previously baptized receive the sacrament and all are welcomed into the family of faith.
Q: What special worship services does First Presbyterian Church provide during the year?
A: First Pres offers a Maundy Thursday worship service which is held on the Thursday immediately before Easter Sunday. Additional Holy Week services are shared with the community on a yearly basis. We also offer three special Christmas Eve services. The first at noon is a communion service, the second at 4:30 P.M is designed for children and families, and the 7:30 service is a candlelight offering at which all of the classic hymns of the season are sung and enjoyed.
Q: Do I have to be a member of the church to attend worship services, receive communion and participate in activities?
A: No. If you are not a member, you are welcome to participate in all activities of the church. We would only add that the sacrament of the Lord's Supper is only truly received by those who believe that Jesus is the Messiah, so we would hope that all who attend and share in that sacrament would come with the faith that our Lord and Savior would want. That being said, even though membership is not a requirement of participation, we hope that all visitors would quickly choose to join First Pres so that they can participate fully in the fellowship and leadership of the Church, which is the body of Christ.
Q: What should I wear to church?
A: There is no dress code at First Presbyterian Church--written or unwritten. We are an informal church whose highest priority is to worship and serve God and to encourage others to do the same. We don't care what you wear. Jesus wore sandals, didn't own a three piece suit, and probably didn't have many followers with a fancy, upscale wardrobe. We want to follow in that spirit. Yet, at the same time, feel free to wear your Sunday best.
Q: What should I expect when I visit First Presbyterian Church on a typical Sunday?
A: You will be welcomed with genuine friendship. You will be free to come as you are and come as you feel and yet also you should expect to be challenged with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through all of the elements and words and symbols of worship, you will presented with the opportunity to examine your own life in relation to the love of God. Over time, as you become more familiar with First Presbyterian Church, you will discover several different ways to share your gifts and partner with others in serving and glorifying God. In essence, you will be provided with a place and an environment where you can depart from your regular routine and listen for the voice of God.
Q: Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or be singled out when I come to church for the first time?
A: No, you won't have to do any of those things. Although we do pass a pew pad, it's up to you as to whether or not you want to submit your contact information. At the middle of the service we also have a tradition of shaking hands with those around us, and the pastor likes to greet people before and after church, but the goal is not to single you out and put you in the spotlight, but to make you feel welcome. When you come to worship here at First Presbyterian for the first time, you will be free to sing with us to the glory of God, even if you sing off key; you'll have the chance to worship and pray and learn about God without the need of any special skills and you'll probably meet some wonderful folks who will be happy to see you...all in all, not a bad day.
Q: Does the Presbyterian denomination decide when the pastor will go to another church?
A: No! The movement of a pastor from one church to another is just like any other professional business person. If the individual pastor wants to take another pastorate in another church, it is their choice. He or she can stay in an individual congregation as long as he or she wants without any interference from a higher governing body.
Q: Is the music and preaching at First Presbyterian Church really as good as everyone says it is?