What's involved in joining Woodlawn Chapel?
Persons may enter into active church membership in the following ways: by profession of faith, reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ, or transfer of membership from some other church. Those who wish to join participate in a membership orientation meeting with the pastor and are received by the Session (governing board). The Session encourages everyone to be welcomed publicly as a visible sign of our shared covenant of faith. Those who are interested in joining should contact the pastor.
Youth desiring to join may also may participate in confirmation class, often held during the 8th grade year, or by participating in conversations with the pastor or youth minister.
May I take communion?
Absolutely! Presbyterians welcome all to the Lord's Table--regardless of your denomination.
We often say this as part of our invitation to the communion table: "This is not a Presbyterian table; it is the Lord's Table. Our Savior invites those who trust in him to share the feast which he has prepared."
I'm new to your denomination. Tell me a bit about you!
Woodlawn Chapel is a congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States. For more than 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of call by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. We are guided by our scripture and the constitution of the church which includes the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order.
Presbyterians trace their heritage from the 16th century reformer John Calvin. In faith and hope, we believe that the chief purpose of humanity is to enjoy God, and to celebrate God's care forever. In gratitude to God, we offer our gifts, and receive the sacraments of the Lord's Supper (communion) and baptism. Click on this link to learn more about the PCUSA.
Presbyterian congregations seek to live the Christian faith by embodying what has become known as the "six great ends of the church:
- The proclamation of the Gospel for the salvation of humankind;
- The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
- The maintenance of divine worship;
- The preservation of the truth;
- The promotion of social righteousness;
- The exhibition of the kingdom of heaven to the world.
Are women and men both allowed to serve as leaders?
Yes! Members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) elect both men and women to serve as ministers of the Word and Sacrament, ruling elders, and deacons. Pastors are ministers who have been called by the congregation and Presbytery. Ruling elders are elected by the congregation to serve on the Session (the governing board) for three year terms. Deacons are also elected by the congregation for three years, and help coordinate caring ministries.
What's your worship like?
Our worship is scripture centered and abounds with music, prayer, and participation. Our pastor often preaches from the lectionary, which is an ecumenical schedule of scripture readings. Children are always welcomed. You'll find our music includes traditional hymns, contemporary songs, and gospel music.
Why do you say "debts" and "debtors" instead of "trespasses" and "those who trespass against us"?
That's a great question! At one time, the word "debts" and "trespasses" meant essentially the same thing. Presbyterians and some other Protestant groups retain the language of the Lord's Prayer found in the King James Version of the Bible. Other churches, such as Catholics, use a different version. Modern translations often use "sins" and "those who sin against us" which makes the prayer a bit more understandable.
Can I schedule at wedding at Woodlawn?
Yes. Members and non-members are invited to use Woodlawn Chapel for their wedding. Please contact the church for more information regarding fees, scheduling, and policies at (636) 458-3009, ext. 221. Please note: our sanctuary seats approximately 150 persons comfortably. Church policies require the use of our musician and pastor at all weddings conducted in the church building. The pastor is also willing to conduct your wedding service outside of the church.
How do I schedule a baptism?
Please contact the pastor at the church office (636-458-3009) to schedule a baptism. Baptisms of either children or adults occur as part of our regular worship. Celebrations of the sacrament of baptism are authorized by the Session, and are normally scheduled at the mutual convenience of the church and parents or individual. As part of the preparation for baptism, the pastor will contact you to arrange a time to talk about the meaning of the sacrament and its importance in your journey of faith.