What to Expect - FAQs
What can I expect when I visit?
At this time we have COVID safety protocols in place to keep us safe. We require all people who worship in person to make a reservation and pre-screen themselves Sunday morning before arriving at church to make sure they are healthy. Participants are required to wear a mask and maintain 6-foot social distancing. We are limiting the number of people in the sanctuary based on the number of COVID cases in the area. Currently, we are allowing 50 people in the sanctuary.
You can expect to find a welcoming, inclusive group of people who are glad that you have come to worship with us. Please view the video below to understand how we are protecting each other during the pandemic.
Would I be welcome at your church?
Yes, you would be welcome. All persons are welcome at First Presbyterian Church. We have persons of different races, educational levels, sexual orientations, gender identity/expression, languages, disabilities and backgrounds as part of our church family. We have people who are in school, employed, stay-at-home moms and dads, looking for work and retired. We are a mixed bag of adults, teens and children seeking to grow spiritually and to love God and neighbor.
Are teens and children welcome?
Yes, teens and children are an integral part of our community. We currently do not have Sunday School during the worship service during COVID-times, so children will be expected to sit through the worship service which typically lasts 50 minutes.
Do I have to know what I believe before I attend?
No, we have people in our faith family who know what they believe as well as those who are still trying to figure this God and Jesus thing out. We are an inclusive community on a journey to figure out what it is that God desires of us. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome.
Do you know what you believe?
Yes, we understand ourselves to be followers of Jesus Christ who have committed ourselves to serving Christ by cultivating mission, inclusion and community. In addition, as Presbyterians we are part of the Reformed Tradition which emphasizes the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and the freedom of the individual conscience.
What kind of worship services do you have?
We have Sunday services at 10:00am in person and livestreamed which is more traditional (hymns, prayers and preaching) but eclectic in nature, and on the fourth Sunday, we have a 5pm, Rejoicing Spirits Service, which is done through Google Meet. Please click here to see our previous worship services on our YouTube channel.
How should I dress for Sunday service?
While many of our people attend church dressed in traditional attire (e.g. business casual, jackets, etc.). Many of our members and visitors dress much more casually (e.g. sport shirts, jeans, etc.).
How often do you serve communion (the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist)?
We serve communion on the first Sunday of the month at 10:00am. ALL are invited to participate in this ritual. We have individually wrapped commercially prepared communion elements for participants.
How can I find out more about the church or membership?
Contact Dr. Judson and he will be happy to visit with you about the meaning and process of membership.