What is a Presbyterian?
The word “Presbyterian” refers to the way our church is governed. “Presbyterian” comes from the Greek word “Presbuteros” which means “Elder.” FPC is governed by Elders – ordained church members elected by the congregation to lead and govern the church. Our goal is not to make “Presbyterians,” but to build more faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Three of the hallmarks of our “reformed” faith are:
- salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone,
- reliance on the Scriptures as our authority for faith and practice, and
- the priesthood of all believers, expressed in the saying “Every member a minister.”
We believe that God calls us to faith in Christ, and that God’s grace alone allows us to respond. We celebrate two sacraments: baptism and communion. The service of communion is open to all who call Christ Lord, and not limited by denomination or membership.
We exist as a congregation to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known:
- To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ so all may come to know and love Him;
- To nurture His people in joyful faith, fellowship, and commitment; and
- To demonstrate His way of love in service to the world.
Everyone is welcome to the Table of Christ in this church, whether they have ever had a “First Communion” or not. Access to the Table is a gift of grace to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. Baptized children who are being instructed by parents or teachers in the meaning of this meal are invited to participate. Those who doubt or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ.
At FPC, we serve Communion by intinction: where one takes a piece of bread and dips it in the cup. Ushers will direct the rows to come forward to receive the bread and cup as we share Christ’s supper. Those who are unable to come forward who wish to be served while sitting in the pew may let an usher know. Those deciding not to partake may remain seated in meditation. If you have allergies or prefer not to partake from the common plate or cup, we invite you to receive peanut, nut, gluten and dairy free elements from the center Elder at the front of the church.