Above all, we want you to feel welcome when you worship with us.
What should I wear?
Don't worry about it. On a typical Sunday, you'll see people in everything from jeans to suit and tie. Everyone is welcome, and we'd rather have you "come as you are" than not at all.
What about the offering?
Please do not feel obligated to give. We really mean this; we consider your presence a gift to us and an offering to God.
What kinds of music will I hear?
Music is an "instrumental" part of worship at Second Pres. At our services you'll hear a variety of classical and contemporary hymns, anthems, and instrumentals. We hope you'll sing along or at least tap your feet. On a regular basis, the 10:30 service features our many choirs and soloists, who perform everything from Bach to Chris Tomlin. At "Ignite," our monthly contemporary service, the music is led by adults and youth (every second Sunday of the month).
What are the sermons like?
Our pastors bring the Bible to life and apply it to everyday circumstances. The best way to get a feel for their preaching is to check out a few of their sermons. Click here for our sermon archives.
Tips for your first worship experience with kids
Most families with young children prefer the 10:30 service.
Comfort counts with kids: dress your kids in clothes that are comfortable and reflect their respect for God. Torturing them with stiff clothing that can’t get dirty only teaches them worship isn't fun. And that's not the message we want to send.
Get them involved. Sit close to the front so they can see the action. If they are old enough to read, have them look up scripture passages and hymns in advance. Give them their own bulletin so that they can follow along. After worship ask them questions about what they saw, heard, and experienced.
What do I do if my kids squirm?
Don’t panic or be embarrassed. Most of the congregation has been in a similar situation; we understand! You can try to distract them or preoccupy them with an activity from the worship bag or some item that you’ve brought from home (Hint: if you bring these items out one by one, as needed, your child will be more impressed by them). And if you and your child need to leave the sanctuary to go for a walk (or use the bathroom), just leave and come back in the sanctuary when you can. Again, we understand. Some parents of young children actually prefer to sit in the lobby during the service. Children have room to roam, sound from the service is piped in, and you can see everything through the glass doors.
What if my child cries?
Again, don’t panic. We’ve heard it all before.
The “comfort room,” located between the men’s and women’s rooms in the lobby, is ideal for breastfeeding. Both bathrooms have changing tables. The Nursery has extra changing supplies, toys, etc., if you need them.
What if I prefer to worship without my kids?
Some parents simply can’t worship with one or more children tugging at them. If that’s you, we have a solution in mind. Come to the 10:30 a.m. service. Kids five and under can be in the professionally staffed nursery the entire time.
What about Kids and Communion?
Children in the Second Family are welcome to receive communion, regardless of age, after they have been baptized and instructed in the sacrament's meaning. Formal communion training is offered in Children’s Church at least annually. We leave it up to parents to determine whether they think their child is ready to participate. Until that time, children can still be a part of the service. We suggest that as they pass the bread and cup to the next person, you offer a brief prayer for them, such as “Lord, bless this child and help them to grow in faith in every way.”