Called to worship
God calls us to worship, not only at church, but especially at church. Join us as we come together in unity and praise. We strive to be a vibrant and vital witness in our community and endeavor to send worshipers home with a smile of hope and new energy to serve Christ and do God’s work in the world. Find out about the worship experience at St. Paul's Presbyterian.
Throughout the year, particularly during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, there are special services. We also have resources to help you understand St. Paul's policies and practices are for Baptisms, Funerals, and Weddings.
All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination, are welcomed at the Lord's Table. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday on each month and elements (bread and juice) are normally distributed at the front of the sanctuary, but for those unable to come forward, elements will be served to them in their seats . Our elements are always alcohol free, with gluten-free bread available on each tray.
Why Children and Youth Belong in Worship
Dennis Benson, in Children as Partners in the Church (believed to be out of print), tells of a service in which a wonderful act of ministry took place: While his parents listened to the sermon, a young boy busily colored a picture of Jesus and wrote in crooked letters across the page "Jesus loves you." Despite his mom's embarrassment, the boy insisted upon giving the picture to a man sitting farther along the pew. A few weeks later, the man stopped the boy's mother and remarked that he was so thankful for the boy's gift of the picture. He shared that he had been struggling with his wife's death and that when he received the boy's picture he felt God come into his heart.
A grieving man experiences relief from his pain through the innocent, guileless attention of a child. The youngest among us have a place in the ministry of the Church: not only, however, as the object and recipient of ministry --and of God's love-- but, as we understand here, as the bearer of that ministry --and of God's love! Lavergne, A. [firstname.lastname@example.org]. (1999). God's Children: Welcoming Children to Worship. Lift Up Your Hearts. Retrieved April 5, 2012, from http://www.worship.ca/docs/godkids1.htm.
What not to wear
There's not a "what not to wear" list at St. Paul's Presbyterian; the gathering of believers is much more important to us than how those believers dress. Most adults wear anything from business casual to Sunday best. Anything your child or youth would wear to school will work here.
What to expect
Our Sunday worship format is traditional. The hymns we sing are varied in style and origin, including recently composed music and music newly composed. Though we often stand for hymns and responses, we do not use kneeling benches.
We use a projection screen but also have regular and large print bulletins, hymnals and Bibles (New Revised Standard Version) for all to use. We have devices to help the hearing impaired -- just ask an usher as you enter our sanctuary. Our facility is barrier-free, with wheelchair seating in the center and back of the sanctuary.
Children in Worship
Children are welcome in our worship services. We feel they belong there. All children begin worship with their families. They are then invited to come forward for the "Time with the Children", after which one of two things happens:
On communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month) all children may participate in Sunday School. If the children remain in worship with their families for the entire service there are worship bags available in the narthex to enhance the child’s worship experience and contain activities connected to worship. Age appropriate worship bulletins are available on the rack in the narthex. Please return the worship bags after the service. Those children who attended Sunday School will return to the regular church service to receive communion with their families.
On non-communion Sundays, following the Time with Children, children ages 3 through 6th grade may leave the service to participate in Sunday School . Parents meet these children in the Tent Room after the worship service.
We offer Infant and Toddler care on Sundays for children under the age of 3 beginning at 9:00 AM, but Children and youth are always welcome to remain in worship with their families. You choose what is right for your family. We have more information for those with young children.
May We Suggest
Relax! Children will wiggle, but don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house.
Children learn good behavior in church by copying the behavior of adults and we are all here to help them learn.
Worship bags are available in the back of the sanctuary for children's use.
Encourage children to participate in the Time with Children.
Children will learn the parts of the service through participation in the service. They may need help finding the pages in the hymnal and Bible. But encourage them to join in the responses, singing of the hymns and bowing their heads in prayer.
Always remember that the way we welcome children in the church directly affects the way they respond to church, God, and Christ. Let them know they are at home in this service of praise, thanksgiving and sacrament.
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."
— Psalm 100:1-3 New International Version (NIV)