Ages 0‐4 : Nursery School with lots of TLC (tender love of Christ!)
Ages 3‐5 : Worship Center — a mini‐sanctuary that’s just the right size for our pre‐Ks
Grades K‐4 : WaterWorks! Using a workshop rotation model, kids focus on one particular Bible story or character on three successive Sundays.
Each Sunday allows different learning styles to experience the lesson in ways that are most meaningful to them (kinesthetic, auditory, visual, tactile, etc.)
Grades 5‐8 : Mid‐High Church School picks up on the WaterWorks focus each month using multi‐sensory experiences geared to a mid‐high mindset.
Grades 9‐12 : Gathering after the sermon each week, Sr. High Church School is a time to “debrief” after the message. What questions were raised? What were the key take‐aways?
After worship, what else is there for me at FPC‐Holt?
We express our faith in different ways almost every day of the week through programs and service opportunities for all ages and interest levels for youth and adults. Check out our info pages under Faith and Living Hope.
WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME
As we gather together to worship God, the music helps us to leave the world outside and be fully present, ready to receive the gifts that God has prepared for this time. Take a moment to look at your Order of Worship (a folded “brochure” that the ushers will give you). Look around the sanctuary to see what is special about today’s service and enjoy the feeling of warmth
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! To open our worship, the pastor will welcome everyone and announce special events and activities that are coming up in the life of the church (which can always be found in our News and Calendar sections).
Call to Worship
The liturgist is a person who assists the pastors by leading parts of the worship service. The liturgist will start by calling us to worship by reading a sentence or two; the congregation then responds in unison with the words shown on the monitors and printed in your Order of Worship.
We stand and sing a joyful song of praise to our God.
Prayer of Confession
We have a God who knows our every weakness yet loves us more than we can comprehend. Our confession helps us to see the weaknesses from God’s perspective and acknowledge our need for God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Declaration of Pardon
After our confession, we receive the assurance of the good news: in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Passing of the Peace of Christ
Our peace with God comes from knowing Christ died for our sins; our peace from God is a gift that defies explanation. A third aspect of peace is our calling to share the peace of Christ with our brothers and sisters. So when we pass the peace, someone will say to you: “The peace of Christ be with you,” and you can simply respond, “And also with you.”
We read from the Bible to remember God’s mighty acts in history, to discover what God is doing in our world, and to look forward to the future God has promised. There are different kinds of writing in the Bible — stories, songs, laws, letters, wisdom, dreams. All of it is God’s Word for us today. That is why when the reader says, “This is the Word of the Lord,” we respond, “Thanks be to God.”
The Offering of Our Gifts and Tithes
Every good thing is a gift from God — the food we eat, things we have, people we love, time we spend, our whole lives. We give our lives back to God as a way of saying thank you — sharing the gifts God gives us with those who are in need and working to establish peace and justice throughout the world.
Prayers of the People
As we get ready to go and serve God in the world, we sing a song to praise and celebrate God’s goodness, and to affirm that we are called to live in Jesus’ name.
RESPONSE TO THE BENEDICTION
We respond to the benediction as we leave, inspired and challenged by our time together and ready to take the light of Christ into the other 167 hours in our week!
HOLY COMMUNION AND BAPTISM
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is presented on the first Sunday of each month and certain special days throughout the year.
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
At FPC-Holt, all who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are welcomed and encouraged to share in the sacrament. To that end, gluten-free wafers are available at his table.
COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE
At the Lord’s Table, Jesus invites all who seek the grace and love of God to come and enjoy the feast. In that spirit of invitation, offer the elements to your neighbor with the words, “The Body of Christ,” (to be taken individually signifying our individual relationship to Christ) and “The Cup of the New Covenant” (to be held and taken together signifying our unity in Christ). A faith-filled “Amen” is an appropriate response to both. (Gluten-free wafers will be passed with the cups.)
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
When everyone has shared the bread and cup, we thank God for feeding us in this holy meal. We pray that this meal with Jesus will help us to grow in faith and make us strong to love and serve God and neighbors.
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Baptism is the way we become members of the church, the body of Christ or family of God. It is a sign of everything God has promised us — new life in Jesus, forgiveness of sin, and the coming of a new creation. When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit rested on him like a bird from heaven, and God said: “You are my beloved child.” God says the same thing to us when we are baptized. Click here to learn more about Baptisms
Everyone who is baptized is a kind of minister — called to live like Jesus, to love others, and to serve God. Each one of us is given special gifts from the Holy Spirit to help us do these things. When we remember our baptism, we give thanks for these gifts and this calling, and we promise again to follow Jesus in everything we do.