White Rock Presbyterian Church welcomes you to visit us for Sunday Worship Service, Sunday School, bible studies, breakfasts, and a host of other worship services, activities, and fellowship:
It is our intent to provide the best opportunities to enjoy and serve God (each Sunday and on special occasions), in singing, praying, hearing God's Word, and offering ourselves to His glory.
Sunday Worship at White Rock Presbyterian
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What time is worship?
9:15 AM every Sunday.
How do I get there?
White Rock Presbyterian Church is situated at 310 Rover Boulevard in White Rock, right next to Rover Park. You can find a map of our location HERE.
Is there a dress code?
No. Dress at White Rock Presbyterian Church varies from shorts and jeans to suits and dresses. Wear whatever is comfortable for you.What do I do when I get there? Park in the church parking lot. Enter through the double doors to the right of the bell tower. Friendly people will greet you when you enter. They are also available to answer your questions - just ask!
What is the Sunday morning schedule?Worship happens at 9:15 AM. Coffee fellowship follows from about 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Bible Study for adults normally follows (except on a few special Sundays) from about 11:00 AM to 12:15 AM.
Is there a worship bulletin?
Yes. Please ask any of our members, and they will provide you with a printed schedule of the events in worship for that Sunday. You can find a copy of the most recent worship bulletin HERE.
What is your worship like?
We follow a standard but not rigid order of worship that typically includes these elements: a time for announcements, a time for passing the peace of Christ to neighbors, songs and hymns, a prayer of confession of sins, an assurance of pardon for those sins, several readings from Scripture, sometimes a children's message, a sermon by the pastor based on one of the scripture readings (about 15 minutes), an affirmation of faith taken from one of the creeds and confessions of the Presbyterian Church, a time for sharing prayer requests with the congregation, a pastoral prayer and the Lord's Prayer, a time for giving offerings to God (an offering plate is passed among the worshipers), celebration of the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of each month, and a prayer of thanksgiving.
What is "passing the peace of Christ?"
At the beginning of worship we invite everyone to stand (if they are able) and to greet those around them like this: "The peace of Christ (or the Lord) be with you," with a handshake. A usual response is, "And also with you." But there is no real formula; the idea is to share the love of Jesus with one another, in whatever way seems appropriate.
I have never seen a Prayer of Confession before. What is that about?
The prayer of confession is an acknowledgment that all of us fail to live fully as God calls us to live, loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. We pray the prayer not as a personal confession, but as a corporate confession of our failing. Then we receive the good news of God's forgiveness in Jesus: the assurance of pardon.
What are the creeds and confessions of the Presbyterian Church?
There are eleven of them, including the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. You can find all of them in our Book of Confessions. A PDF file of the book can be found HERE.
What kind of music can I expect?
We sing some contemporary songs and a larger number of traditional hymns from one of two hymnals you will find on the chairs in our Sanctuary. We also project the words to some songs on the big screen at the front of the Sanctuary. Our instruments are piano and organ.
Our members and occasional guests provide other music in the form of solos, ensemble presentations, instrumental pieces, and so on.
May I participate in Communion (the Lord's Supper)?
We celebrate the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of every month. All baptized believers, including baptized children, are welcome at the Lord's Table, regardless of which Christian denomination provided the baptism, and regardless of which church they attend now.
For Communion we serve regular and gluten-free bread. The cup contains grape juice. Participants are invited to come forward to the Lord's Table, where two servers hold the bread and cup. Tear off a piece of bread (a BIG piece: our God is a generous God!), dip the bread in the cup, and eat the bread right there at the table.
What about my kids?
Childcare is provided for worship, coffee fellowship, and Bible Study following. You may leave infants and very young children with care providers in the Nursery. Older children are welcome to stay with their parents for the first part of worship, or they may also be left with care providers in the Elementary Room. If you choose to keep your older children with you for a while, you may shuttle them to the Elementary Room right before the sermon (about 20 minutes into the worship service) or sooner. You are also very welcome to keep your children with you throughout the worship service. We are very glad to have children in worship!
On some Sundays there is a brief children's message right before the sermon, and all children are invited to come to the front for the message. Parents may come forward with their children. We know some children are very shy, so there is no obligation! Younger children generally proceed to the Elementary Room after the children's message.
Activity sheets, crayons, and pencils are provided for children to enjoy during their time in worship, regardless of how long or short that may be. Ask any of our members, and they will show you where the sheets and supplies are.
I have never worshiped in a church before. Will I be comfortable with you?
We will do everything we can to diffuse any strangeness in our service of worship. It's OK if you don't know any of the songs or prayers. We print everything that the congregation says or sings. There is no obligation to put anything in the offering plate.
You will find us to be a very warm and welcoming congregation. We will be very glad to have you with us. Come and see!