How do the three Sunday services differ?
The 8 a.m. service is a traditional, intimate service held in our Chapel with congregational singing.
Compared to the other two services, the 9 a.m. service is held in the Great Hall and offers a more casual atmosphere and diverse music styles; the congregation sings a variety of hymns and songs from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal that are also projected on screens with melody lines included; the congregation also enjoys music by the Strings of Faith ensemble, Fellowship Choir, soloists, a jazz ensemble every third Sunday, as well as other musical groups from time to time. Our special Prayground area is also offered at this worship service for children ages 2-4 and their parents; learn more.
The 11 a.m. service, usually held in our Sanctuary, is currently meeting in the Great Hall due to FPC's main Sanctuary being closed for exciting renovations. This service is traditional with music led by the Chancel Choir, soloists, and instrumentalists. The congregation sings a variety of hymn and songs from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal.
What should I wear to worship on Sundays?
At First Presbyterian Church, you will find a wide array of dress at all of our services, from three-piece suits to jeans. Those attending the 9 a.m. service in the Great Hall will find a more casual atmosphere, while the 11 a.m. service in the Great Hall (temporary location during Sanctuary renovations) is more formal.
I am physically challenged. What will worship be like for me?
Parking for the physically challenged is available at the entrances to all worship areas. Worship spaces in the Great Hall, Chapel, and Sanctuary are wheelchair accessible. Personal sound systems and large-print bulletins are available in the Sanctuary. Ushers and greeters are available to help with any other special needs.
What is worship like for my children?
Children are welcome in worship at any age. It is vital that children see the worship of God modeled for them and that they be given a chance to offer their own thanks and praise to God. Children begin to develop their own faith as they join their parents and the community of believers in worshiping God with liturgies, offerings, songs, and prayers. Beginning in Kindergarten, children are encouraged to remain with their parents throughout the worship service. Through church school classes, children will learn about worship and the sacraments. Younger children may attend the nursery, staffed with professional childcare workers and church members, during worship if desired. At the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, children's worship bags, with activities coordinated with the weekly worship theme, are available in baskets outside the Great Hall and in the Narthex (the area inside the main entrance to the Sanctuary) to children ages 2 through 10 years. In addition, the 9 a.m. worship service will also offer Prayground for children ages 2-4 and their parents; learn more here. NOTE: Prayground is currently on a break and will start up again in the Fall.
If you have further questions about Worship at First Presbyterian Church, please contact Associate Pastor, Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski.