by Annanda Barclay
A sermon by Associate Pastor Rev. Annanda Barclay....Download
First Pres is an open community where all are welcome, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Attire is pretty casual; jeans, shorts, and business casual are all very appropriate. If you have any questions prior to worshiping with us, please feel free to contact one of our staff members. You can find contact information for all of our staff members here.
Before joining us on Sunday, you might want to check out this map of our church campus: Map of First Pres Campus
Early Church is an intimate worship experience held at 8:30 AM in the Chapel. It is a venture in “creating church,” taking its name from its gathering time (early on Sunday mornings) and its aspiration (to capture the spirit of the earliest Christians). This service features music, prayer and discussion of the lectionary text for the day.
Sunday Conversations are a casual adult educational program from 9:45 – 10:15 AM in the Lounge. They are led by volunteers and cover various topics relevant to Judeo-Christian faith, theology, worship, and our witness and action as people of faith. Usually a short presentation is followed by discussion.
Adults, children, & youth are welcome to experience the Communal Worship service together from 10:30-11:30 AM. Feel free to keep your infant or toddler with you in the service. Our “children’s nook” in the back of the sanctuary contains books, toys, and coloring pages to engage children during the service. Children can remain in the sanctuary for the whole service, or leave after the children’s message for Sunday School (see below).
Every week, our Communal Worship service looks a little different, but it always includes prayers, hymns or songs, Scripture readings, a sermon (the prompting), and an offering. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of the month, where all are welcome to the table. If you would like to learn more about our church and ministries, feel free to fill out a visitor card from the back of the pew in front of you and place it in the offering plate during the offertory.
During the school year, children (pre-K through middle school) are invited to leave the service and attend a Sunday School class after the children’s message. Children rejoin their families in the sanctuary before the worship service ends. Children are always welcome to remain with their family in the worship service.
Following the communal worship service, coffee and treats are provided in the back of the sanctuary. All are welcome to stay to enjoy tasty snacks and engaging conversation.
This time is used for committee meetings, extended Adult Study, and Social Justice events. In general, 1st Sundays are Cool Planet Meetings, 2nd Sundays feature Letter Writing opportunities, 3rd Sundays are Social Justice Meetings, and 5th Sundays are Hands-On Social Justice Events. 2nd and 4th Sundays are often used for Adult Study on topics that require an extended time together and often include a lunch. See the Events page for more details.