Considering your first visit to First Reformed Church of Scotia?
Here’s some information that may help you.
We have two Sunday services: a simplified service at 8:00 a.m. that last 30 to 45 minutes, and a service at 10:00 a.m. that lasts 45 to 60 minutes. This service includes a choir anthem – and often other musicians – and time for children.
ARE MY CHILDREN WELCOME?
Yes! We are blessed with many young families and we want children to feel welcome in God’s presence and in the heart of our community. We understand wiggles and questions, and we make room for them in worship and in Sunday School. We also have excellent nursery care. The service can be heard from the nursery if you need to stay with your child.
WHAT HAPPENS IN WORSHIP?
We use a bulletin with the order of worship so everyone can follow along. There are times the pastor or other worship leader speaks, and times for worshipers to respond. We sing two or three hymns from the hymnal, or bulletin inserts; pray together; learn briefly about scripture for the day; and listen to a sermon that ties scripture to today’s life. At the 10:00 a.m. service, the choir sings and there is a children’s message. Children are invited to leave for Sunday School after the children’s time. We collect an offering at each service. Giving is not required of visitors, although gifts of any size are welcome. After worship, people often stay to talk. There is a coffee hour in our fellowship room adjacent to the sanctuary, called Brink Hall, after the 10:00 a.m. service.
We celebrate communion eight times a year. Our communion table is open to all who seek to follow the way of Christ. The elements we use are bread and grape juice; gluten free bread is available for those who need it.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
We have a large parking lot near the sanctuary and more spots in front of our education and fellowship buildings. If you need a handicap spot, park either to the left side of the sanctuary building or near the door closest to Church Street in the designated spots.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Our worshiping community sports a variety of clothing. Some wear suits and ties, or dresses. Others are less formal. A few come in jeans and tee-shirts. It is more important to us that you are comfortable than to dress up on our account!
HOW DO I JOIN?
We hold classes for new members periodically that are intended to teach what we believe and how our church works. People share their faith journeys and what they are looking for in a church. Candidates for membership meet with the Board of Elders for a formal vote of acceptance, usually before or after a worship service on a Sunday morning. They are then received into membership by the congregation during a regularly scheduled worship service.