Q:  Do I have to get dressed up for church?

A:  Not at all.   Some people like to dress up, others prefer being comfortable.  

You are welcome however you choose to come.

 

 

Q:  What do kids do during worship?

A:  Children of any age are welcome in worship.  However, we do have CHILDCARE MINISTRY volunteers available during  Sunday services, to assist in caring for the needs of little ones and their parents. A volunteer may look after your child in the nursery if you wish, or may simply help you to find what you need.  We have an area at the side of of sanctuary with rocking chairs for the use of parents and the service can be heard in the narthex, if little ones need to wander a bit.

For children ages 4 through 4th grade, we have our Children & Worship Program three Sundays per month, September through mid-May.  This is a worship experience geared just for kids in which they learn about worshiping God.  They begin in the sanctuary with their families and a few minutes into the service they go with the adult leader to the Children and Worship room which is nearby.  This program is held from September thru mid-May.   On the first Sunday of each month, when we have communion, children worship in the sanctuary with their families.  We have worship activity bags available to help with restlessness, and for little ones, we have childcare volunteers to assist parents. 

 

 

Q:  Am I allowed to have communion if I’m not Presbyterian?

A:  Yes!  Presbyterian churches practice open communion.  Any one seeking to know and follow Jesus Christ is welcome to share in communion, no matter what their denominational background.  This includes baptized children.

 

 

Q:  Why are kids allowed to have communion?  They don’t really understand what it’s all about, do they?

A:  Because they are part of Christ’s family, and when you are part of a family you get to come to the table.  No, they don’t understand everything about what communion means. But there is a great depth of meaning in communion, and none of us has a perfect and complete understanding.  We believe that kids (and adults, too!) grow in understanding as they participate. 

Q: Can I have my child baptized at Westminster?

A:  We'd love to talk with you about having your child baptized! 

Baptism is something Presbyterians take very seriously, and we understand it as a Sacrament that connects us with Christ and the church.  So it does involve a desire and commitment to be part of the church and to bring up our children as part of the church family.  If you would like that connection for yourself and your family, please speak with one of our pastors.

Have more questions?  One of our pastors will be glad to speak with you by phone or in person or via email.

Frequently asked questions about worship

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