Crestview and Laurel Hill Presbyterian Churches
How do we Worship and Serve God?
Gathering on Sunday mornings and at other special times and holy days we gather to give honor and praise to God. We sing our praises, hear God's word read and proclaimed, participate in prayers, and lift God's name on high. We do this not to our glory, but to give glory to God for the saving grace given through Jesus Christ. The choir provides a variety of musical anthems as they give praise to God.
Christmas food baskets are provided for families in the community who might otherwise go hungry at one of the most sacred times of the year.
We also support Sharing and Caring, Presbyterian University Center (FSU), Crestview Area Ministerial Association, 2-cents-a-meal program, Jail Ministry, Thornwell Home and School for Children, and much more.
What should I expect when I arrive at First Presbyterian Church?
When you walk through the front doors and into the lobby area, you will be greeted by folks we call "ushers." They will hand you a program and offer you words of greeting. There will be others mingling around who will introduce themselves to you, welcome you, guide and direct you, and want to get to know you.
There will be anywhere from 55-75 people attending (depending on football schedules).
You will find worship to be in a "traditional" style, but not stiff or formal. We like to laugh and share concerns.
We have a fantastic pianist. And, except for the summer months, we have a very good choir that weekly sings a song.
We receive an offering each week, and four times a year, receive special offerings to aid our denomination in meeting the needs of people locally and around the world.
Where can I park?
At First Presbyterian Church there is a parking lot behind the sanctuary - which is not readily seen from N. Ferdon Boulevard. The side streets on either side of the church have entrances to the lot. If the lot should be filled, there is plenty of street parking, and in the parking lot at the County Court House across the street.
Are there any "secret handshakes?"
No. There is nothing secret about our worship or about our faith. On the first Sunday of the even-numbered months, we celebrate the Lord's Supper, also known as Communion or Eucharist. As Presbyterians, we have an "open table." This means anyone who has been baptized - whether as an infant or later in life, or as part of a different Christian denomination - all are welcome. Communion is served to everyone in their seats using bread and grape juice. (We have chosen to not use wine so no one - including baptized children - is excluded from the table.) Be sure to see the link for The Lord's Supper for more information.
How long do services typically last?
Worship last about 60 minutes, oftentimes less, rarely more.
Where do I take my children?
Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 in the Education Building. The children's class is on the first floor of the Education Building. The nursery is in the main church building. Our care giver has been with us for well over 10 years and is very loving, capable, and knowledgeable.
At the beginning of 11:00 worship, all children sit in the sanctuary with family and friends. There are activity packets in colorful bags (with crayons and a children's bulletin) at the front of the sanctuary for children to pick up and utilize if they so desire. Part way through the service, the pastor invites all children (who desire) to come to the front row to hear a talk geared for them. After that time, the children typically leave the sanctuary for Junior Church, which is held in the same building as the sanctuary.
How should I dress?
Frankly, what is worn is not important to God or to us. You will find a variety of clothing people wear. Most of the men wear a shirt and tie, with slacks. Some will wear a sports coat. A few wear shorts. Most women wear dresses, skirts, or slacks. Some people wear "business casual." Some wear jeans and T-shirts. It is the same with the children... a wide variety of styles: shorts, sneakers, T-shirts, slacks, jeans, dresses.