FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We know visiting a church for the first time can be a little stressful. We hope this will help answer a few of your questions. If you don't find the answers here, please contact us and it will be our pleasure to help you.

What does the word “Presbyterian” mean?

The word is taken straight from the New Testament word for elder. Since the New Testament was originally written primarily in Greek, the word for elder was “presbuteros.” The elders in the newly formed Church were responsible for preaching, teaching and leading the people in the way of Christ.

How does the Presbyterian Church work?

The Presbyterian Church has a democratic form of government; in fact, our form of government was used as a guide by the writers of the United States Constitution! Each congregation annually elects church members to serve as Ruling Elders in partnership with the pastor, also called a Teaching Elder. Together, they make up the Session, the board that oversees the worship, education, stewardship, mission and other activities of the church.

What do you mean when you say the Presbyterian Church (USA) is a "connectional church"?

Every Presbyterian congregation is connected to a larger network of churches and all PC(USA) congregations are governed by one Constitution. Westminster Presbyterian Church is a member of the Indian Nations Presbytery, which is part of the Synod of the Sun, which is part of the General Assembly, our national organization. We make changes to our constitution through a national voting process, we support one another financially across the denomination and every congregation is truly connected through our system.

What is a typical worship service like?

The heart of the Presbyterian worship service is having the Scripture read and a sermon delivered. Along with that, the fundamentals of worship are prayer, praise, music, response to the grace of God and a sending into the world. Our particular worship service combines all of these elements in a format that gathers us in, seeks God’s words to us, gives us a chance to respond and sends us out in love.

Most come to Westminster in business to business casual attire. We welcome you to come in whatever makes you comfortable.

What do Presbyterians believe? 

Presbyterians are Christians, and believe in the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God became fully human in Jesus Christ, died on a cross because of our sins and rose from the dead to call the Church into being. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are able to read and understand God’s Word to us. We believe that God calls all people to worship and work within God’s kingdom and within the Church. We celebrate two sacraments, both celebrated by Jesus during his ministry: the Lord’s Supper and baptism.

Tell me more about Communion in the Presbyterian Church.

Communion, also called Eucharist and the Lord’s Supper, is celebrated as part of a service of worship in the Presbyterian Church. This congregation celebrates communion in conjunction with holy-days in the Church calendar, such as Christmas Eve and World-Wide Communion Sunday. Our table is open, and any baptized person is welcome to join us as we celebrate the Body of Christ in this way. We believe that Christ is present with us as we gather around the table, and blesses the bread and cup for our spiritual and physical nourishment.