Worship

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Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving!     ~Psalm 95
  Preach the Gospel always
and when  necessary, use words.  
Saint Francis of Assisi

Worship begins at 11:00 am with Christian Education at 9:30. Childcare is available throughout the morning. Our new informational cover pages on the attendance registers (white binders in each pew) will walk you through the service and help you feel at home.

Worship services follow a traditional and familiar format, but you'll find that the experience is refreshingly new. Expect thought-provoking sermons, a joyous "passing of the peace," time for prayer and contemplation, and vibrant music (including robust singing of hymns). Stay through the organ postlude and join us for fellowship at the front of the sanctuary. And if you come early, adults, children, and youths can join us in Christian formation.

Children & Youth are welcome during worship. If you or your young child needs a break, professional child care staff are available for ages 0-5 years in the nursery from 9:15 am-12:15 pm. From the sanctuary, use the door on the left (by the pulpit) and head to the nursery at the end of the hall.

 

Parking is available on Sunday morning in the Wilmington Club lot located on Orange Street between 11th and12th Streets. Park as others park, but not along the guardrail on the side nearest the church. Overflow parking is in the "DuPont B" lot on Orange St. 

 

Enter through one of four doors. The Market Street doors give you the grand entrance to the sanctuary. From 11th Street you may use the main side entrance or walk through our little garden past the Chapel entrance to the accessible side door. Or use our new covered entrance (at the church's back corner) adjacent to the parking lot above; the sanctuary will be down the hallway on your left.  Handicap access is available on 11th Street either using the main side entrance (elevator) or ramp outdoors.  

Wear what is comfortable to you! You will find everything from flip flops and jeans to suits and dresses. All are welcome as we gather to worship God.

 

Communion, which is served once a month and on special occasions, is open to all who love God. We take Communion by intinction. Row by row, worshippers come forward to receive a piece of bread. You may then dip the bread in the cup of grape juice (symbolizing wine) before eating it. Those unable to come forward may be served while seated in pews by taking a piece of bread and a small cup of juice. Gluten-free crackers are available.

 

Coffee Fellowship takes place immediately following the service. You are encouraged to come to the front of the sanctuary for a cookie, a cup of coffee and conversation with others in the church. This is just one of many fellowship opportunities at First & Central.

At least once a year (often for the annual church picnic), we gather for worship at the original First Presbyterian Church building, now located on the banks of the Brandywine River.