What is the difference between the two worship services?
The first worship service is geared towards families and includes the Word with the Children; the pastor invites the children to the front of the sanctuary for a brief message before they leave the sanctuary for Sunday School classes. In the summer months, the first service is held in the columbarium garden at 9:15 a.m.
Are Adult Sunday School classes offered as well?
Yes! Christian Education offers classes for both adults and children during the regular program year (mid-September through mid-June). There are limited Sunday School classes during the summer months for adults; children ages 4 through grade 3 participate in Summer Sunday School during the Garden Service at 9:15 a.m.
Is Nursery Care Available?
Yes, you may bring your small children (babies through age 3) to the nursery (Abbey 24) before either of the worship services. The nursery is open from 8:30 a.m. – noon.
Where is the best place to park?
If you plan to attend either the first or second service, please park at the east end of the campus adjacent to the sanctuary. We also have a diagonal row of parking spaces reserved for families with small children at the southwest corner of the campus, closest to Welcome Center entrance. Those with small children may also park in the west parking lot to drop off children in the nursery before heading to one of the services. Campus Map
How should I dress?We want you to feel comfortable when you visit the Kirk. You will find a mix of styles, from casual, to business casual, to suit and tie. You'll find the dress for our Garden Service to be suitable for sitting on folding chairs and even picnic blankets on the grass!
What about accessibility and other assistance?
Our front entrance (between the Abbey and Kirk House) is barrier free and wheelchair accessible, conveniently located next to the elevator. Most of our service and event locations (sanctuary, refectory, Cedarholm Chapel and Melrose Chapel) are wheelchair accessible. Assistance from our ushers and greeters is also available for anyone who needs an extra hand. In addition, on most Sundays from spring through fall, we offer a Courtesy Cart to transport you from your car to the front steps of the sanctuary. Look for the Courtesy Cart in the northeast parking lot.
How is Communion celebrated? Should I take part in Communion if I am not a member of the Kirk?
In the Presbyterian Church, the sacrament that Christ instituted for the remembrance of him takes the form of a simple meal—a sharing of bread and wine (unfermented). Anyone who loves Jesus is welcome to share in the Communion service, even if you are not a member of the Kirk. At the first worship service, the congregation comes forward row by row to take communion from the trays containing the bread and wine; at the second worship service, the trays are passed to each pew.
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