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General

When are your services?

We meet every weekend on Sundays at 10am for worship and at 6pm for Evensong.

What are your services like?

Our services are a little more structured than what the average churchgoer is probably used to. This is due to our high view of ancient liturgy when we approach the Lord, for a more complete breakdown of what our services look like please visit our What to Expect page.

What should I wear?

Most of our congregants tend to dress up as we approach the Lord. That said, come as you are and expect to feel welcomed as a guest.

Who's allowed to take communion?

We welcome all baptized members of Christ's Church to participate in communion. We only ask that you wait until all congregants are served to partake of the elements.

How long are your services?

Our services typically last between 1 hour to an hour and 30 minutes.

What about my children?

We believe that children are a heritage and blessing from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) and should get to participate in the service just as much as adults. And while we don't have “kid's church” we do have childcare offered for infants and toddlers.

How can I receive care or prayer?

Our bishops would be more than happy to talk to you after service about either of these things. We also pray congregationally every Sunday morning, for Evensong, and every Wednesday morning.

What kind of outreach is the church involved in?

As per one of the roles of the Church we equip our congregants to preach to gospel in their day to day lives as well as support various missionary activities.

Getting Involved

I'm new to Providence, how can I get more involved?

We're always excited to have new people join our community! We have several times we meet throughout the week for church as well as a potluck the first Sunday of the month. If you're looking to help out in some additional way feel free to speak to any of our elders or bishops for any current needs.

How can I become a member at Providence?

To become a member at Providence please speak to one of our bishops after service. If you haven't been baptized yet then we will set a date to perform that sacrement first.

How can I join a Bible study?

We have Bible studies for all ages on Sunday morning at 9:00 am. We have more information about our Bible studies on our weekly announcement bulletin that is updated every Sunday.

How can I give/tithe?

We should have offering plates available every Sunday.

How do I get baptized?

We're glad to hear you want to get baptized! After service please talk to one of our bishops.

How can my child get baptized?

Same as above, after service feel free to talk with our bishops!

Doctrine

What does Providence believe?

Providence is committed to the historic Christian Faith as confessed in the Apostles, Nicene, and Chalcedonian Creeds. For a more full explanation of what we believe we suggest reading the Westminster Confession of Faith (though be warned as it's a long read, you can also check out our Creeds page for a shorter explanation).

What does it mean to be Catholic?

Providence identifies itself with 3 labels: Catholic, Reformed, and Presbyterian. When we use the label Catholic we identify ourselves with the saints throughout the ages. The term found in the very earliest of Christian creeds affirms our unity with Christ's church reguardless of time and space. It connects us not to some modern movement but rather to the very Church that the Lord Jesus established.

What does it mean to be Reformed?

As a reformed church we are largely affected by the events of the Reformation. Names like Martin Luther, John Calvin, or John Knox may come to mind, but at a basic level this means that the Scriptures are our final and primary authority for faith and practice; bringing to mind Reformation phrases such as “Ad fontes” (To the sources). Other phrases such as “Semper Reformanda” (Always Reforming) mean that we're always going back to the old paths, never innovating, always going back to that which has been established by the Lord.

What does it mean to be Presbyterian?

The term “Presbyter” comes from the Greek word “presbyteros” which is where we also get the term “Elder”. With that in mind Presbyterianism simply describes our form of church government. Though this also affects other areas of our theology as well: things like covenant theology, postmillennialism, and the regulative principle were largely held to by the Westminster Divines which outlined our confession of faith.

What denomination is Providence a part of?

Providence is a part of the Presbyterian Church of America.

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