Sunday morning worship at First Presbyterian Church, Lowville, is at 10:00 a.m. We practice a simple worship style with an emphasis on involvement in worship. On an "average" Sunday, singing is led by our choir, and there is a children's sermon. We sing both traditional and contemporary hymns, although we still tend to the traditional. We provide a nursery for infants and toddlers, and Sunday school meets during worship after the children's sermon.
The pastor leads us in our service, lay people lead the Prayers of the Church, and the pastor and members of the church will give the "Time with God's Children" (Children's Sermon).
Special Worship Services
In addition to Sunday morning worship, we hold special services at various times of the year. We have been holding an evening mid-week (Wednesday) service during Lent that offers a time of prayer, scripture, silence and song. During Lent, we join with other Lowville churches to participate in Wednesday noon services followed by a fellowship meal, and we host one of these services each year. Some years, we join with other churches for Good Friday services. We hold an evening Good Friday service. On Christmas Eve, we hold services at 5:00 pm, which are designed for young families and at 10:00 pm, with the service being the traditional candlelight service.
As a Presbyterian church, we practice open communion. All of those who feel themselves to be disciples of Christ are invited to participate, and we encourage children who have been instructed in the meaning of communion by their parents to take the sacrament.
Communion is taken on the first Sunday of every month by intinction, where the congregation comes forward to dip bread into the cup. If individuals feel uncomfortable coming forward, those serving communion will come to you in your pew.
Our choir members present an anthem every Sunday, except in the summer. It is capably led by our Director of Music, Leon Austin. It also presents a blend of traditional and contemporary pieces. The choir is always looking for additional members to strengthen its music ministry.