Frequently Asked Questions
If you are considering a visit to Downtown Presbyterian Church, you may be wondering:
IS YOUR STYLE OF WORSHIP “TRADITIONAL” OR “CONTEMPORARY”?
Neither. We believe that worship should take its cues from what God is like. Since we want to celebrate both the “transcendence” of God (his otherness, bigness, majesty, justice) and the “immanence” of God (his nearness, generosity, mercy, relational nature), we want our worship to reflect both realities too. So, we strive to use texts, music and language that reflect both.
WHY DO YOU USE HYMNS?
We don’t want to use hymns just because they are older–older does not always mean good. But, we believe that there are some wonderful hymns that the church would be wise to keep and enjoy. Good hymns bring together profound doctrine and rich wording. One person called such hymns “theology on fire.” Sometimes we change the musical setting, and other times use older, more familiar tunes. Either way, the goal is to keep rich content in a format that we can actually sing and enjoy. For further reflection about the benefit of hymns, see the article “Using Hymns to Build Our Faith.”
WHY DO YOU SERVE COMMUNION EVERY WEEK?
We believe that, as humans, we need every help that the Bible allows to remember and celebrate the gospel (“the good news”). The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament—a tangible, physical way that God has provided for us to depict and celebrate the good news. Weekly celebration doesn’t diminish how special the Lord’s Supper is; it highlights it.
HOW DO YOU DRESS FOR WORSHIP SERVICES?
Most importantly, you can expect to be welcomed warmly into our church no matter how you may be dressed. If looking for more specific details, scroll through the photos on the right and throughout the site for examples. You'll find jeans with collared shirts on most men and jeans/slacks with blouses or casual dresses on most women.
WHERE DO I TAKE MY CHILDREN?
WHAT DO I DO WHILE MY CHILDREN ATTEND SUNDAY SCHOOL?
During the Sunday School hour, 10-10:45 am, the lobby is open for fellowship. Coffee and tea are available in the back left corner of the lobby.
WHAT IF I, A FRIEND, OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?
We desire to be a church in which people of all types and abilities feel welcome and comfortable to worship. If you, a friend, or family member should require special accommodations in order to participate in church activities, please click HERE to complete an intake form.
*If you have any questions left unanswered, please feel welcome to contact Maddie Searcy, Church Administrator, for more information.