For Visitors to Tappahannock Presbyterian Church
When you enter Tappahannock Presbyterian Church, you will be welcomed, handed a bulletin, and introduced to others. The congregation is small; usually 25-30 are present. Your name will not be called out during the service, nor will you be asked to stand as a visitor, but you can be sure that you will feel a part of the group as soon as worship is over and it is refreshment time!
What about kids?
We love them! We have a Sunday school teacher/nursery attendant available every Sunday for infants through youth. Our older children often help with the younger ones, as part of our church family. Tappahannock Presbyterian Church has a strong commitment to quality education, professionalism and the safety of our children. There is a special time in the service just for our young people, taught by the pastor. The children then move into their own classroom with their teacher. All of our children and youth are known by name and loved as God’s children.
Who Are We?
Our congregation celebrates diversity. Everyone is welcome; you will be welcomed and included. There are people from all walks of life, differing ages and backgrounds, and a wide economic range. Always a common interest is found through conversations. Some of us are long-time Presbyterians but many of us found Tappahannock Presbyterian in our search for a faith community that is authentic, inclusive, and mission-minded.
Hearing the Word
You will hear a sermon that is Bible-based and connects with our lives today. Our pastor, Rev. Dr. Vicki Murdock, leads a traditional service that is familiar to Presbyterians and easy to follow for guests. Our bulletin leads us through the service.
Interested in learning more? Considering membership?
The pastor is happy to talk with you at any time about transfer of membership or profession of faith to become a member of TPC. Those joining will learn as they attend a class with the pastor. Joining is an event, and occurs during morning worship. he sacrament of baptism is performed during the worship service. There is a preparation class for children being confirmed for the first time.
What does “Presbyterian” mean, and what do Presbyterians believe?
Presbyterians are characterized most readily by their representative form of government: Presbyterian means rule by elders elected by the congregation. Governance is accomplished largely through decisions made jointly by presbyters (ruling elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament). This principle applies to each level of the church, from the local congregation, to the regional bodies called presbyteries and synods, to the national body called the General Assembly.
Doctrinally, Presbyterians in the Presbyterian Church USA share the basic views of traditional Christianity. We believe in the triune God, the authority of Scripture, and that salvation comes through faith alone. We are particularly strengthened by the idea of God's sovereignty. Our beliefs are most fully expressed in a document entitled The Book of Confessions. This is a collection of theological statements that have been adopted at various times by churches of the Protestant Reformed tradition from the sixteenth century to the present.