What to Expect

Visiting a new church can be intimidating. Doubtless, you will have numerous concerns such as attire and participation in worship.

If you don’t find answers to your questions here, please contact us!

When are services?IMG_9235
What should I wear?
What happens during a worship service?
What sort of music is played?
How do I get there?
Where should I park?
Is there child care?
Is there Sunday School?
I have a physical disability – will I be accomodated?
What happens after the service?
Is this place really for me?
I’m not Christian/I’m an atheist or an agnostic…
Will I be pressured to join and/or to donate?

When are services?

Our worship service is held on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Worship lasts, on average, about an hour and a quarter.

What should I wear?

Wear whatever is comfortable for you. There is no dress code, and no one will judge you for dressing casually. These days, most people dress casually, or as one would for work or for school. The days of mandatory ties are long gone – jeans and a t-shirt are fine.

What happens during a worship service?

During worship service, everyone is invited to participate as much – or as little – as they wish.

What sort of music is played?

Being an eclectic sort of place, South Presbyterian Church offers a variety of music in worship service. We frequently sing traditional hymns, and there is usually some Baroque, Classical and/or Romantic (featuring organ, piano, and/or choral singing). However, other genres are often heard as well, including world, folk, jazz, rock, and pop.

How do I get there?

Please see Directions to South Presbyterian Church for detailed directions via various means of transportation.

Where should I park?

You may park in the back parking lot, or on any local streets (just please observe the parking notices posted on the street to be sure that you are parking in a valid spot).

Is there childcare?

Child care is provided during the service (between mid-September through June), and children of all ages are welcome in the sanctuary during our worship services – the choice is yours. We do encourage parents of very young children (who are likely to shriek at inopportune moments) to avail themselves of the child care option, but it’s your decision whether or not to do so.

Is there Sunday School?

Yes, Church School takes place every Sunday between mid-September through June. Children are with their families for the first part of worship, and then are escorted from the Sanctuary to their respective class room by their teacher. Church School ends at the same time that worship service ends.

I have a physical disability – will I be accomodated?

Our sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible, and an usher would be pleased to provide assistance in guiding you to a suitable seat. And if you have difficulty hearing, please ask an usher and you will be provided with a hearing device.

What happens after the service?

We invite you to stay for Coffee Hour (lemonade in the summer) immediately following the service in Fellowship Hall. This is a great opportunity to meet other congregants and members of our staff. But we understand that not everyone is comfortable circulating with a group of strangers right off the bat; we only hope that at some point we do get a chance to get to know you.

Is this place really for me?

Only you can decide whether you feel comfortable with us; we certainly hope that you do feel welcome and that this is the kind of place you’d like to return to again and again. We like to say that none of the lines which divide people apply here, and so we are committed to welcoming people of every race, language, age, gender and gender identity, ethnicity, economic status, mental or physical ability, and sexual orientation into the full life and ministry of the church.

I’m not Christian/I’m an atheist/I’m agnostic…

We welcome those of other faiths, as well as those who don’t believe in God. We recognize that everyone’s spiritual and religious experience is unique, and everyone’s faith journey is different. Many of our members and friends grew up in Catholic, Jewish, and other traditions, but drifted away from those traditions. Still others would tell you that they don’t believe in the God which they were taught to believe in when attending Sunday School as a child, or that they don’t believe in a God at all.

We’re not out to convert anyone. We’re here as a community of faith which is open to all. We simply hope you will feel at home with us.

Will I be pressured to join and/or to donate?

We adamantly refuse to proselytize or to harangue. The last thing we would want to do is to smother a newcomer with the ‘hard sell.’ We only hope that you get to know us (and us you) before you decide whether or not you wish to formally join our congregation. The important thing is that South Church feels like home to you. And if you do choose to stick around, we’d certainly welcome your support in whatever form you can provide, be it financial or otherwise.

 

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