What can you expect when you walk into the Salisbury Presbyterian Church on a Sunday morning?
It all depends on when you arrive!
The morning usually begins a little before 8 a.m. when musicians, ushers, greeters, worship leaders, educators and the pastors arrive to begin the day. There are quick rehearsals and setups to be completed, coffee starts brewing and prayers are offered before the first service begins at 8:30 a.m. Following the early service, there is a short time of fellowship in the F&E Hall, usually with coffee and occasionally with something sweet to wash down the caffeine, as well as the gathering of the International Class in the gymnasium around another pot of coffee and another table covered with food. Presbyterians are as notorious as the next person in their Christian fellowship and eating habits!
As the early worshipers either move on to attend Sunday Discipleship or to depart for other activities, there are many more people of all ages who begin to arrive for their classes, arranged by age for the children and by subject matter for adults. Usually, more than 300 participate in the Sunday classes.
Somewhere around 10:45 a.m., the motion begins again, with people arriving for the 11:00 a.m. worship service joining those who have attended Sunday Discipleship and making their way to the sanctuary. There is often a good bit of conversation that accompanies the migration from parking lot and classroom to the church pews, but with the words “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to the Salisbury Presbyterian Church!” the air quiets and the call to worship is extended.
How would one describe worship at Salisbury Presbyterian Church? The service follows the pattern of most Presbyterian congregations and is meant to maintain the heritage we have as a part of what is called the “Reformed Tradition”. We try not to be so formal as to stifle expression and at the same time there are moments when we can laugh together, shed a tear or simply exalt in the presence of God. The presence of God is in our midst!
But the day is only starting because as the afternoon unfolds, children arrive to take part in choir rehearsals and the youth of the church return for youth group, dinner and conversation about their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.
And so, what can you expect when you walk into the Salisbury Presbyterian Church on a Sunday morning? The answer that goes beyond your arrival time is the good news that you will find a dynamic community of faith, striving to learn and to live and to serve as Jesus Christ. Come join us and share our excitement!