The Worship Service
We gather in worship to glorify God for what he has done through Jesus, and to remind ourselves of what it means to be Jesus' disciples. Christian worship has always included singing, prayers, and reading from God's Word. Since the Reformation, preaching has had a prominent place in Protestant worship services. The morning worship service at Providence includes doctrinally-rich hymns (both ancient and modern), readings from the Old and New Testament, confession of sin, prayer, and a sermon. Once a month we gather to celebrate the Lord's Supper.
Our afternoon worship service is somewhat less formal; we usually have a time of hymn requests and a time of congregational prayer in addition to the sermon.
Children and Worship
Children of all ages are welcome to join in the worship of God at Providence. Because we know that worship can sometimes be a challenge for little ones (and their parents), a nursery is provided for infants and toddlers (up to 3 years old) for the duration of the worship service. Children from ages 3 to 5 join in the first part of the worship service with their families; a children's church program is offered for them during the second part of the service.
What to Wear?
Our congregation comes from several different kinds of church backgrounds; others didn't grow up going to church at all. Some prefer to dress up a bit on Sunday and others come more casually dressed. We strive to keep first things first and encourage reverence for God and consideration for others, while remembering that ``people look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.``
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!
-- 2 Peter 3:18
We are committed to the cross of Jesus Christ as the only remedy for human sin, the need for all people to experience a spiritual rebirth, the inspiration and authority of the Bible, and the necessity for Christians to express their faith in Jesus Christ through obedience to his teachings.
Our beliefs are in accord with the ancient creeds of the church (the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed) as well as the historic Reformed statements of faith (the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Three Forms of Unity).
Our church is governed by a group of elders, elected in accordance with the teaching of Scripture (e.g., in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9), and connected to other congregations in a regional association known as a presbytery.
Providence Community Church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America, an association of evangelical and Reformed churches primarily located in the United States (but with a growing presence in Canada).
Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
-- Romans 15:4