What to expect
You can expect to be welcomed with a smile and a program that will explain the worship service and current events around the church. You can dress casually or dress up; it doesn't matter to us! You can sit wherever you would like, but if you really want to feel a part of the group from your first day, why not try sitting in the middle or toward the front? If you have children who would rather spend time with other children, ask one of the ushers for directions to childcare or how the Sunday School works. An usher can introduce your child and you to a responsible adult who can reassure both of you that Sunday School (or childcare) will be fun, safe, and a great way to meet some others!
Worship services are relatively informal, but follow a typical Protestant format. There is singing, followed by prayers, readings, music, and preaching. Most of what you will need to know is in the program that you get at the door. The Sunday worship service lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. Children sit with their parents for the first part, and leave for Sunday School about 20 minutes into the service. They return to sit with their families again near the end of the service.
Early in the service we will welcome all newcomers, and we may ask you to stand and tell us your name and where you are from. This is not to embarass you, but so that people will know your name during the greeting time and later, after church is over. You might be surprised to find out that someone lives near where you live, or is from your hometown!
After the service everyone is invited to go upstairs for some coffee, juice, and snack food, and to meet with others who either already come to First Presbyterian or, maybe like you, are here for the first time.