“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)
ARE YOU A FIRST TIME VISITOR?
We know that it can be a little intimidating to go into any setting for the first time, especially if you don’t know anyone else there. Churches can be even more intimidating. Sometimes it can feel like you’ve barged in on a private gathering. Or, It can seem like there’s some sort of secret, unwritten code that everyone but you is in on.
We hope that the few tips here will help you feel comfortable joining us and navigating your first visit. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, we hope you’ll call or email the church and ask us (contact information is on the home page). We love to talk to people – and we love to talk about Royster Presbyterian Church!
Really, it’s that simple. So come in, relax, and worship God with us!
When’s a good time to drop by?
Office: 9:00–1:00p.m., Mon.–Thu.
Sunday School: 9:30–10:30a.m.
Sunday Worship: 11:00a.m.
What Should I Wear?
Our setting is comfortable. We do not have a dress code and there are no designated pews. We invite you to come as you are and sit where you like.
Is Childcare Available?
Our congregation is blessed with young children. We are a community that loves the presence of youth in our church. We welcome infants and toddlers – and the joyful noises they make to the Lord. Nursery care is available during the service. Please bring your infant/toddler to the Nursery before the service.
Are Your Facilities Accessible to the Physically Disabled?
Yes, the facility is accessible for those with disabilities. There are ramps that provide access the sanctuary in both the front and rear of the building. Accessible parking is located near the accessible entrance in the rear of the building. There are accessible restrooms.
How Will I Know What to Do during the Service?
Don’t worry at all. When you come into the sanctuary, an Usher will greet you and give you a bulletin, which contains the service order for the day.
Most of the time, if you’re supposed to stand up, or sit back down, the pastor or worship leader will say so (additionally, if there’s an asterisk * next to something in the bulletin, it means to stand if you’re able). Our services might include some call-and-response portions, too. In all of those circumstances, the part said by the pastor or the liturgist (reader) is printed in normal text, and the congregational response is in bold type.
At the end of the Prayers of the People, the pastor leads us into the Lord’s Prayer. If you haven’t memorized it, no worries, you can find it in bulletin. The printed version is the one we like, but, if you grew up saying “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” or “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,” say either one. Pray as you are comfortable.
Is There Anything I’m Not Supposed To Do During The Service Because I’m Not A Member?
We do all of the things we do on Sunday morning because we have been blessed by God, through Jesus Christ, and he has called us, through the Holy Spirit, to this community. If you come to visit, we know God has called you as well. And so, we welcome you as we would welcome God.
There is nothing that happens during a worship service that visitors are not welcome to do with us. In fact, we hope you will join us in every aspect. We hope you’ll sing with us, pray with us, laugh with us – and after the service – eat with us.
A lot of times, this question comes up because some churches limit participation in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion or The Eucharist). At Royster Memorial we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month. We truly believe this supper belongs to the Lord. The opportunity to eat and drink with Christ is not a right bestowed upon the worthy, but a privilege given to all who come in faith and love. All who come to the table set at Royster Memorial are offered the bread and cup.
What if I have other questions?
Please feel free to call the church office (757-423-8536), or email the church secretary (email@example.com). You can also email Pastor Brian Harroff (firstname.lastname@example.org)!