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Our worship service: Worship at Hidenwood Presbyterian is build around the scripture lesson for the day. We use liturgy to serve the scriptural theme, so there is some variety in what we do at each service. Some pusical pieces are accompanied by the organ or piano, and others by guitars and drums. Sometimes all instruments play together. Most of the service is printed into the bulletin although some of the music and liturgy can be found on our rear-projection screen as well. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. The goal is for our people to leave feeling that they have truly worshiped God today.
We’re easy to find. We’re located in midtown Newport News, convenient to all areas of the Virginia Peninsula and beyond. Christopher Newport University is right up the street, and the Mariner’s Museum is about a mile away. You can get directions on any device by going HERE.
Parking. We occupy a whole block! That means there is plenty of parking on our site. Handicapped spaces are clearly marked and located at the most accessible of our entrances.
What you can expect inside. We promise we won’t ask you to stand up during a service to be recognized! But you won’t be invisible either. Our greeters will introduce themselves and welcome you to the service. They may suggest you check out our Visitor’s Center where you will find more information about the church and our many programs. You may sit wherever you like–seats are not reserved. Friendship pads will be passed down the pews during the service to members and visitors alike. If you choose to give us your contact information, we’ll follow up with a card thanking you for your visit. You will not receive a phone call unless you specifically indicate that you would like our pastor to contact you.
What should you wear? You will find a wide variety of dress at our services. Most people wear business casual, but you will find many other worshipers in jeans and suits and ties.
When and how do we serve communion? Hidenwood observes the sacrament of communion the first Sunday of each month, and during special services such as Maundy Thursday. Everyone is welcome to participate. Our church officers serve the congregation in their seats, but occasionally we serve communion by intinction, in which you dip a shred of bread into a goblet of juice.
What about children? All children, regardless of age, are welcome in worship. In fact, we encourage children to attend services as a way to learn about worship through participation and observation. For younger children our nursery is open every Sunday from 9:15 a.m. – 11:45 p.m., where vetted and trained attendants care for newborns to children aged 4.
How can you join? If you would like information about joining Hidenwood, click here to contact Barbara Adams
If you have any questions about the basics of worship at Hidenwood Presbyterian, click here to contact us
What We Believe:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland and Ireland.
A little Presbyterian history. Portions of the Presbyterian church in the United States have separated from the main body, and some parts have reunited, several times. The greatest division occurred in 1861 during the American Civil War. The two branches created by that division were reunited in 1983 to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), currently the largest Presbyterian group in this country.
Presbyterian theological beliefs. Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
Our position on social issues. The PC(USA):
- Affirms its conviction that neither the Church as the body of Christ, nor Christians as individuals, can be neutral or indifferent toward evil in the world;
- Affirms its responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the encouragement and instruction of the Church and its members, seeking earnestly both to know the mind of Christ and to speak always in humility and love;
- Reminds the churches that their duty is not only to encourage and train their members in daily obedience to God’s will, but corporately to reveal God’s grace in places of suffering and need, to resist the forces that tyrannize, and to support the forces that restore the dignity of all men as the children of God, for only so is the gospel most fully proclaimed.
What is distinctive about Presbyterian Church? Presbyterians adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.