What TO expect
Our sanctuary was built in the 1800's. It is a beautiful, historic, tall, brick structure, so it can look imposing and formal from the outside but, on the inside, you can expect to find a vibrant, welcoming church for persons of all ages.
Expect to be welcomed as you enter the sanctuary
and greeted as you leave.
Expect to find people dressed in a variety of styles:
dresses, coats and ties, business casual and jeans.
Expect to find quality nursery care for your child, engaging faith formation opportunities for all ages and a vibrant youth group.
Expect to find worship that is engaging and participatory,
preaching that is relevant, and music that blends old and new.
Expect to be welcomed as a child of God.
Especially for Children
All children are welcome in worship. We provide activity bags for those who need to keep busy. Children are invited participate in our services by processing the Bible, lighting the Christ candle and helping to set the communion table.
For those who need nursery care, our nursery is available for children birth through 5 years old and is staffed by wonderful childcare professionals, as well as church members. Parents sign their child(ren) in and provide a cell phone number that can be used if they are needed during the service.
10:00 AM Summer Schedule
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we worship as a single congregation. This service is based on the Lord's Day Service from the Book of Common Worship, which includes prayer, scripture, music and sermon. We receive communion on the first and third Sundays of the month, by intinction. Music is led on the organ and piano and often by guest musicians.
On the First Sunday of each month, we worship outside in the memorial garden on the west
side of the sanctuary.
8:30 AM September to May
This service is more intimate and quiet. Music is typically led on the piano and there are fewer sung responses and hymns than 11:00am. We receive communion each Sunday and worshipers come forward to form a semi-circle in front of the communion table to receive communion by intinction.
Worship with Communion: This is a more intimate and quiet service which includes scripture readings, a sermon, prayer, and weekly communion. Music is typically led on the piano and congregational singing is limited to two hymns. Participants come forward to form a semi-circle in front of the communion table to receive communion.
11:00 AM September to May
This service is generally a larger and more lively service. We receive communion on the first Sunday of each month, generally by intinction and occasionally by passing trays in the pews. Music is led primarily by the organ and the Sanctuary Choir, and occasionally by the Handbell Choir, as well as various instrumentalists and vocalists. This service includes more congregational singing.
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The Sanctuary Choir rehearses weekly during the academic year from 7:00-8:00pm on Wednesday nights. They help lead worship every week at the 11:00 am service. All are welcome.
Our bell choir rehearses weekly during the academic year, and they offer music during worship 3-4 times throughout the year. We are fortunate to have a 4-octave set of handbells and
2 octaves of handchimes that enhance our worship life.
There are many opportunities for instrumentalists to contribute to the worship life and musical leadership of the congregation. Please contact the Director of Music if you would like to find a place of service.
A gift from Dr. Robert Weaver, 1999, this 42 rank tracker organ was designed especially for our sanctuary by Taylor and Boody Organ Buildings of Staunton, Va. It has a mechanical playing action (called a 'tracker' organ), with air supplied either by a bellows or electrically. The organ took more than a year to build, and is one of the finest in the country. Note the hand-carved casing and the Presbyterian symbol at the top.
Each year, we host music concerts, free of charge, that are open to the greater Danville community. We enjoy welcoming our neighbors into our acoustically rich sanctuary, sharing God’s gift of music with the community, and having time to fellowship with one another following the performances.