We understand that it can take a lot of courage to walk into a church for the first time. At FPC, our commitment is to make you feel at home. Friendliness is an important value for us, as you’ll notice from the moment you walk through the door. We trust you will find at FPC a warm family spirit, truth from God’s word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace.
We would be delighted to have you visit us for next Sunday’s service. Below you will find answers to a few questions you might have. If we missed anything, give us a call before you come, or ask someone when you arrive.
How accessible is your building to people with disabilities?
Our ramped entrance for disabled individuals is on the south side (back entrance) of the church. You will find designated parking spaces along the south side of the building near that entrance. Just inside the entrance is an elevator that can take you to all floors of the church. Bathrooms for people with disabilities are close to the elevator. Hearing-assist devices, large-print hymnals and large-print bulletins are available for use during the service.See an usher if you need assistance.
How do I get to your church and where do I park?
Click here to see a map and create driving instructions. Note that Washington Street is a one-way street heading south. Thus, driving to the church by turning north on Washington Street from Rt. 36 (Williams Street) is not an option. We have a parking lot on the Washington Street across from the church. On-street parking is also available.
When should I arrive and where should I go first?
Our Sunday school and worship schedule is shown in the column to the left. We suggest you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the starting time. Enter the church through either the front entrance on the north side or the back entrance on the south side. Once inside the church, greeters will make sure you get to where you need to go, or follow the signs.
Will you call attention to me as a visitor in the service?
No. You can be anonymous as you would like to be.We will not embarrass you in any way. We do have a “greet your neighbors” time, so you can expect a friendly greeting during that time. Visitor badges are available in the pew racks; fill one out and wear it only if that is something you’re comfortable doing. We pass a friendship pad during the offering, and ask that you fill it out with your contact information, if you would like to be contacted. After the service, in our Social Room downstairs, we have a time of fellowship. You are welcome to attend.
Where should I sit?
We have no assigned seating. Sit wherever you’re most comfortable.
What type of worship service can I expect?
Our service is a dynamic traditional service. Our choir and organist lead the congregation in worship with singing of traditional hymns. We value music, and have special music from bell choirs, children’s choirs and instruments regularly. Our services last about an hour. Click here to learn more about worship at FPC.
How should I dress?
There is no dress code at FPC. At our worship services, you will find everything from “Sunday best” to jeans. We want you to be comfortable. All we ask is that everyone dress modestly. During the warm-weather months, we tend to dress more casually.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
As our guest, please don’t feel obligated to participate in the offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. The offering is primarily a time for our members and regular attendees to worship God with the giving of their tithes and offerings. If you would like to give an offering we will accept it, but we don’t expect it.
Do you celebrate Communion (The Lord’s Supper) and may I participate as a nonmember of your church?
We celebrate communion regularly. Communion at FPC is open to all who have been baptized and desire to renew their relationship with Jesus. It’s the Lord’s Supper, not ours, and it is Christ who invites you.
What do I do with my kids during worship?
You will find that the care, nurture and well-being of children are among our highest priorities. Children of all ages are welcome in our worship service.
If you prefer, we do offer a staffed nursery for children ages 5 and under. If your child becomes fidgety during the worship service, we have a “restless room” at the back of the sanctuary. For elementary-age children, we have Sunday School in the Art Room or Library following the Children’s Moment.
Young children may take a worship bag containing various activities that can be completed during church. The bags are located near the entrances to the restless room at the back of the sanctuary. Used bags should be returned to the bottom box.
See an usher or greeter, or follow the signs for directions to the nursery or restless room. Taking the elevator (just inside the back church entrance on the south side of the church) is perhaps the easiest way for newcomers to get to the nursery upon arrival.
Where are the restrooms?
The most convenient restrooms are found just inside the back church entrance on the south side of the church. Look for signs that point you in the right direction, or see a greeter or usher for assistance.