Frequently Asked Questions

If you come on a Sunday Morning you can expect to see people of every age.  People will be dressed in everything from jeans to suits!  There is a Welcome Center Desk in the front lobby beside the Sanctuary.  Infant and toddler nurseries (under 2 years) begin at 8:30am and continue until 12:30pm.  Worship begins at 9:00am and again at 11:00am.  Sunday School classes for children, youth and adults begins at 10:00am.  You can expect high energy, traditional worship and a warm welcome!

It is more important that you come, than when you come!  Parking is convenient with handicapped spaces clearly marked on both sides of the Sanctuary.  If you arrive in our parking lot 10 minutes before the services begin (at 9:00am and 11:00am), you will have plenty of time.  If you have small children and would like to take advantage of our well-staffed and nicely appointed nurseries, then come a few minutes earlier.  Nursery staff will give you a beeper so that they can contact you if necessary, should your child need you during worship.

We are a place that values your presence more than we judge what you are wearing!  It is more important that you come, than how you are dressed!  However, the majority of First Presbyterian worshippers are dressed in their Sunday best, putting their best foot forward to worship God.  Men come in everything from suits to jeans.  Women wear slacks or skirts/dresses.

During worship there are nurseries for infants through 3 year old children. Four and five year olds stay in the service until after the children's message. At that time they are taken to child care until the service is over. All other children are encouraged to remain in the worship service with their parents. We believe that children learn to worship by participating in worship.

If you arrive for Sunday School at 10:00am on Sunday mornings offering a Christian learning experience for everyone from 3 year olds all the way to our oldest members!

If you come during the School Year on Wednesday Nights for LEGOZ OR LOGOS  -  Everyone is invited to come and to eat dinner together (see the newsletter and Calendar for schedule of events).  

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  • SUNDAY MORNING – Youth are invited both to worship (at 9am and 11am),  and to attend Sunday School Classes (at 10:00am).  Link to Youth Education Page
  • SUNDAY EVENING – Our Youth programming on Sunday night is commonly referred to as SNY:  Sunday Night Youth.  During the school year, SNY normally meets at church from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  See Calendar for a schedule of events or for more information
  • WEDNESDAY EVENING – WAY meets in the youth room at 5pm each Wednesday night. Please bring $3/week for dinner and activity supplies. WAY ends at 6:15pm. Pick up is outside back youth room door at that time or go straight to VIP choir until 7 p.m. This is a Middle School get-together to have some fun, fellowship, food and faith!.

If you are looking for a family of faith with whom you can worship God, study Scripture, laugh and have fun, ask your questions, and serve God and the world, then we want you to know that you are welcome at First Presbyterian Church.  We are most interested in helping people grow in their Christian Discipleship.  Being a member is not required for you to participate in the activities of our congregation.  But, once you know the authentic love and support of this church family, and have decided to make First Presbyterian your faith home, then there are three ways to become a member:

1.  Baptism – If you have never publically professed Jesus Christ as God’s Son and your Lord and Savior or been baptized into the Christian faith, then we welcome you to make your profession of faith here.  If you have been baptized in any other Christian Church then you do not need to be re-baptized to join Forest Lake (see Re-Affirmation and Transfer of Membership).  Before being baptized, you will be given the opportunity to meet with one of the pastors to talk about the meaning of becoming a Disciple of Jesus Christ and the process of Baptism.

2. Re-Affirmation of Faith – If you were baptized into any Christian community, but have not been an active part of any congregation for some time, you may wish to join First Presbyterian Church by re-affirming your faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and your Lord and Savior.  After conversations with one of the pastors, you will be given the opportunity to re-affirm your faith by answering three simple questions before a small group of the Ruling Elders of our congregation.  There is no test and no requirements for knowledge!  There is only an opportunity to say that you believe in Jesus Christ and that you want to learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, want to be a member of Forest Lake, and want to become involved and supportive of First Presbyterian’s Community.

3. Transfer of Membership – If you have recently been active in another Christian Congregation, but now wish to have Forest Lake be your primary faith home, then you may do so by requesting to move your membership to Forest Lake.  You can do this by contacting one of the pastors, or by indicating your wish to join on the Friendship Registers that are passed among the worshippers every Sunday morning.

If you are not yet certain that you want to become a member of First Presbyterian, or would like to talk more about what it means to profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, then know that we welcome your presence among us!  At any time, feel free to contact one of the pastors to talk through any questions and discuss the simple process of becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church.

There are two Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church (USA):  Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.  We understand that sacraments are acts that Christ commanded his followers to observe.  Our participation in Baptism and The Lord’s Supper is both an act of obedience and a means of Grace for us.  In Baptism we believe that God justifies us, cleanses us of our Sin and makes us part of the Body of Christ – The Church.  In The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, we remember the last meal that Christ celebrated with his disciples and remember his life, death and resurrection:  the sacrifice of love that enables us to live a new life in Christ.  The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper strengthens us for daily life in Christ.  All who have been baptized with water in the name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome at the Sacrament of Communion in the Presbyterian Church.

Christian Marriage is a covenant made between a man and a woman in the context of worship. In this way it is different from a civil ceremony.   Normally, one of the couple to be married is a member of First Presbyterian Church, although it is possible for non-members to be married.  In either case, pre-marital counseling is required before the marriage may be performed and one or more of the First Presbyterian pastors must participate in the service.

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family.  Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man.  For Christians marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship.  In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.   From The Book of Order W-4.9000

All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are welcome to take Communion.

Some people bring a Bible but not everyone.

All of the services typically last about an hour.