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FAQ’s/ What to Expect

What time does worship start?
8:45am casual Early Light worship in Clark Hall and 11:00am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary from September through May.  In the summer we worship in a combined service at 10:00am in our sanctuary.

What if I am late?
Come on in.

Where can I park?
We have two parking lots. Please feel free to park on the streets surrounding the church or in the lot that connects Sunset Rd to Lynch Cir.  The parking lot on the corner of Cozart St and Lynch Cir is reserved on Sundays for those who are mobility challenged or families with children.

Who comes to FPC?
Our congregation consists of people of all ages and stages on faith’s journey, from those new to faith to those who’ve honed their faith for decades.  We consider this one of FPC’s greatest gifts.  We see ourselves as an ever-widening family with room for everyone.

When is childcare available?
Our Sunday morning nursery for infants and toddlers is staffed by consistent, loving caregivers.  Nursery hours are 9:40-12:00.  NURSERY INFORMATION

Are children welcome to come to worship?
Absolutely!  We highly value children and their participation in the life of the community. Every Sunday, both worship services include a children’s message: a brief story and prayer with our children. You never know what to expect during their interaction! After the children’s time, children ages 3 – K may choose to attend an age appropriate Bible story and activity time led by trained volunteers during a portion of worship.  Make sure your little one picks up a special kids’ bulletin and activity clipboard on the way in, too.  We encourage you and your child(ren) to try Sunday School for all ages during the 9:45 hour during the school year.

Is there a Sunday morning youth program?
Yes!  During the school year, Middle and High School Sunday school is held in the Youth Room upstairs in Clark Hall from 9:45-10:40am. This year we’ll dig in to the Book of Exodus, sparking discussion about living as a Christian in today’s world.   Youth Fellowship meets on Sunday evenings (go to link below for more info!)  YOUTH LINK

How do people dress?
You’ll find people more casually dressed at the 8:45 service; some men wear ties, some ladies wear dresses, but jeans are common as are shorts in the summer. Dress at 11:00 tends to be, well, “dressier.” We believe that God cares far more about your heart than your fashion, so we encourage you to dress in a way that honors God and is comfortable for you.

Can anyone take communion during the worship service?
At FPC, we believe that communion is celebrated as Jesus’ feast.  All baptized believers of any tradition are most welcome at Christ’s table.  Communion is served each Sunday at casual Early Light worship and on certain Sundays in Traditional Worship.  During Early Light, communion is served by intinction.  This means that people come forward (if able) and tear off a piece of bread and then dip it in the cup of wine (it’s actually grape juice), then eat it when they are ready.  If coming forward presents a problem, that’s OK; the communion servers will come to you. In most cases, Communion is passed along the pews in Traditional Worship.

Will I be asked to give money during worship?
Like most churches, we receive a financial offering at every worship. As our guest, it is our expectation that you will not participate.  We believe that giving money, as well as time and talent, is an appropriate response to God’s activity in our lives. Offerings are our chance to give back to God and to support God’s work in the world, if you’d like to give in this spirit, please do. An opportunity to give is always extended in worship.

How will my money be used?
The Session, the church’s governing body, is responsible for receiving and allocating the financial offerings of the church. Our expenses are distributed in ways that are fairly typical for our a church our size: salaries, program costs, utilities and maintenance, and support for local and global missions.

Is there a social time/coffee time on Sundays?
During the school year, everyone is welcome to gather for Coffee Connections at 9:30 in Clark Hall immediately following Early Light worship and immediately prior to Sunday School for all ages. Unless something else preempts this opportunity to gather, we serve up fellowship and refreshments every Sunday.  Each 5th Sunday (4 times each year) we gather for a covered dish breakfast together called appropriately enough – 5th Sunday Breakfasts!  Special receptions follow Traditional Worship from time to time throughout the year.  During the summer, lemonade is served in the Memorial Garden after 10am worship.

What type of worship do you have and what is the music like?
We have two distinctive worship services.  Our 8:45 Early Light worship combines praise songs and hymns and feels like catching up with a large family.  Our 11am Traditional Worship is enhanced by our organ and choirs.  In both services, we follow an Order of Worship each week, read from Scripture, and enjoy thought-provoking, timely sermons.

How do I join the choir? Handbells?
If you or your children are interested in participating in one of our vocal or handbell choirs, just tug on the sleeve of Joan Gibbs, our Director of Music Ministry. She’ll be joyful and ready with all information needed.  CHOIRS LINK

What if I want to talk to a pastor?
Let a pastor know in person following worship, but then be sure to call the  office at 243.3115 for an appointment or email Claire (claire@firstpreswilson.com) or Tom (tomwatkins@firstpreswilson.com).  Don’t count on their Sunday-after-worship memory – it’s terrible!  MEET WITH A PASTOR

I’m from a (fill in the blank) denominational background. Is that OK?
Of course! FPC’s congregation has members who have come from Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, non-denominational, and a host of other backgrounds. While we are proud of our rich Reformed heritage, we believe that there is only one name that God identifies us by, and that is the name of Christ. We are Christians first!

Do I have to join the church in order to participate in things?
Nearly all aspects of church life are open to anyone who desires to participate. We welcome your participation, regardless of membership status. We also recognize that joining a church is usually a sign of a deepening identification with a congregation and that, too, is most welcome. Presbyterian polity requires membership only of those who wish to vote, hold office, or present children for baptism.

How do I join the church?
Let a pastor know of your interest in joining.  Finding Out About First, a 2-week class for guests and members who desire to learn more about faith, our church, denomination, or how to better connect or become more involved, is offered several times throughout the year.  Attendance at Finding Out About First does not assume you’ll join the church.  If you decide to join, you’ll also be asked to make a commitment to participate in the life and ministry of the church and your own faith development.
You don’t have to be Presbyterian in order to join. Many of our members come from a variety of faith backgrounds. Membership at FPC is a commitment to following the ways of Jesus by participating in a church family that cares for one another and reaches out into the community, works for peace, strives for justice, and seeks to worship God in love. Membership is not a proclamation of a particular dogma, but a willingness to join our community on a journey of faith.
People join in one of three ways:
1) Profession of faith and baptism (for those who have never joined a church),
2) Reaffirmation of faith (for those who have been baptized but have either not been active in a church in recent years or have been active in a church that does not either send or receive certificates of membership),
3) Transfer of church membership from another congregation (our church secretary handles all the correspondence if those who join supply a church name and address).
4) Please open “New Member Form” , print, fill out and bring to the church.
New Member Form

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Service Times & Directions

Our Worship Schedule

Sunday Early Light: 8:45 am

Sunday School: 9:45 am

Sunday Service:11:00 am

Weekday Services

Wednesday Night: 6:00pm

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414 Sunset Road
Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 243-3115