Worship FAQs

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Worship FAQs

What is the Sunday morning schedule?

9:00am begins our Education Hour.  Child care is provided during this time.  For more information about classes offered click here.

 10:00am is the time of our worship service.  Click on the following links if you would like more information on worship, music, or sermons.  Nursery Care is provided, and children are able to attend Rotation Sunday School during the service after the Time for Young Disciples. Children's Worship Activity Bags are also available.

11:00am the Fellowship Hour beings for a time of gathering and conversation with cookies, coffee, and lemonade located in the Fellowship Hall.

11:11am commences the Eleven-Minute Lessons: a brief eleven-minute class, with a handout, that covers biblical, theological, and church topics.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code.  You will see some people with ties, dresses, slacks, jeans, and other casual attire.  Some people in the congregation dress nicely as a way to show respect in worship, others dress more informally as they value feeling comfortable and relaxed in worship, and some people come just as they are because they do not have the means to have an additional wardrobe for church.  Regardless of how you come dressed, you will be welcomed here.

What should I expect at the worship service?

Upon entering the sanctuary, you will be greeted by someone from the church.  The ushers will hand you an order of worship so you can follow along during the service.  If the congregation says or sings anything, the words/music will appear in the order of worship and/or on the screens.  During a typical Sunday service there will be prayers, congregational responses, diverse music, a time where children come forward to participate and help lead in worship, and a sermon.  If you are visiting, you are free to participate in as little or as much as you feel comfortable.

What kinds of music will I hear on Sunday mornings?

We make an effort to use a wide-range of musical styles in our Sunday services to both accurately represent the diversity seen in our congregation and draw from the rich musical traditions of the contemporary and historic church.  As Christians our faith is complicated, nuanced, and ever-changing.  We want the music of UPC to be able to respond to this spectrum of Christian experience.  You may hear organ on hymns, contemporary worship songs with a band, a cantor chanting psalmody, a choir singing an anthem, brass players accompanying hymn singing, bluegrass music, hand bell choir and chimes, or liturgical response songs to name a few. 

Do you serve communion?

Communion is served on Sunday mornings on the first Sunday of the month.  All our bread and juice is gluten free. We also serve communion at our third Tuesday of the month worship service. All are welcome to participate in communion.

Are there handicap accessible entrances?

Both our front and back entrances are wheelchair accessible.  The back entrance has a drop-off area protected by an overhang.  The sanctuary is on the first floor.

What about Children in worship?

You and your children are always welcome at UPC. We understand that children can sometimes be wiggly and noisy. It’s okay; we’re glad you, and they, are here. Many young families sit in the balcony where there is more room to move about or get up and walk your child while remaining in the sanctuary, but you may also want to sit up close so your children can see everything and be encouraged to participate. Children are welcome to serve as greeters, ushers, and leaders in worship.

Children’s Worship Activity Kits with quiet biblical activities are available from ushers. Children may sit with their parents until the Time For Young Disciples, after which children 3 and up can go upstairs for Sunday School or return to their parents. You may pick your children up in the Sunday School rooms upstairs after worship. Go to the main stairwell across from offices and turn left after the double glass doors, then take two rights.

On the fifth Sunday of the month and other special Sundays, children remain in the sanctuary so we can worship together as one church family. Many of the children and youth participate in leading the service. We encourage you to sing the hymns and voice the prayers and responses because children learn behavior by mimicking you.

A quiet room is available for parents and infants at the back of the sanctuary. An excellent nursery is also available across from the office suite with a pager system in use for children under three. It is located in the main lobby across from the offices. If you have to leave the sanctuary for any reason, feel free to do so. There are rocking chairs in the atrium where you can still see and hear the service. Please come back in though when you are ready. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”

If you have any questions or needs, please to talk to a pastor or usher.

Can I talk to someone after the service to learn more about the church?

There is a welcoming station located outside of the sanctuary where you can find a welcome bag and information about the church.  During our fellowship hour you can stick around to be greeted by pastors, staff, and congregational members who would be happy to talk to you about United Presbyterian Church.