What to Expect on Sunday Morning

We recognize it can feel awkward to attend a new church for the first time. Hoping you will feel more comfortable at WPC, we offer this guidance.
What time is worship? Where are you located? Worship begins at 11:00 am. We are at 1330 South Fielder Road, just north of Fielder and Park Row.

What should I wear? You’ll feel comfortable here, no matter what your fashion style. Some people wear suits or dresses; others come in casual slacks, jeans, or shorts. Whatever you wear, you’ll be welcomed.

Is the church wheelchair accessible? Yes. The parking lot includes spots for handicapped parking. The sanctuary and other spaces are on one level as is our wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are designated spaces in the sanctuary that accommodate wheelchairs.

Will I be able to follow the Worship Service? As you enter, an usher will hand you a bulletin which lists the parts of our service. Communal prayers are printed in the bulletin. Songs are either printed in the bulletin or referred to by number in the hymnal found in the seat pocket in front of you.

Do I need to make a financial offering? You don’t have to make an offering to be a part of our worship. But we are grateful for the offering because it gives us an opportunity to give back for the many blessings we have received from God. The offering plate is passed down each row. Offerings by members and visitors are the sole source of funding for the services the church provides – including worship services and community outreach programs.

Are children welcome? We have a nursery service for infants up to 2 years old. Children are welcome in worship and activity bags are provided. During the Children’s Time in the service, our pastor spends a few minutes discussing the theme of our worship with the children. Afterward, younger children often choose to go with a teacher to the children’s room for singing, reading, and crafts.

How long does church last? Our worship services usually last about an hour.

When is Communion held? Should I take it? The Sacrament of Holy Communion for us is the partaking of bread and the cup as a symbol of the the divine love of Christ and His invitation to us to share a meal with Him as he did with His disciples on the night before His death. Communion is ordinarily served the first Sunday of each month as well as on some special occasions. We welcome all to share in communion with us. It is your choice. Normally, elders pass the elements row by row, and as they are passed down the row, each person says to the next, “This is the body of Christ given for you” or “This is the blood of Christ shed for you.” We hold the bread until all are served, taking it together as a symbol of our corporate relationship with God. We take the juice as it is served, taking it individually as a symbol of our individual relationship with God. Sometimes, we receive communion by intinction, meaning that we proceed to the front of the sanctuary, each person tearing a piece of bread from the loaf, dipping the piece in the grape juice and then eating it.

How can I join the church?
We offer Inquirers’ Classes several times a year for visitors to learn more about Westminster and the Presbyterian Church (USA). Once the two weeks of classes are completed, visitors are invited to meet with our Session (leadership team of elders). Our Session then welcomes new members into our congregation, and they are received in worship. Please email Pastor Kate with any questions – we love to see our family of faith grow!