Lakewood First FAQs

  1. How do I get there?

  2. What time is the worship service?

  3. How long is the worship service?

  4. Where do I park?

  5. Am I allowed to receive communion?

  6. Is there a dress code?

  7. Will I be singled out if I’m new?

  8. Does your church pass the peace?

  9. What about my kids?

  10. What is a Presbyterian, anyway?

  11. Where can I go to ask further questions?


  1. How do I get there?


    Our address is: 313 Third Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701.  We are located at the corner of Clifton Ave. and Third Street in the heart of downtown Lakewood.  Google directions and map are available elsewhere on this site.



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  2. What time is the worship service?


    We come together for worship every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  The Sanctuary is open by 9:30 a.m. for those who wish to meditate and pray before service.



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  3. How long is the worship service?


    The worship service generally lasts about one hour and features music and Bible readings that apply directly to your life.  Following the worship, you are invited to join us in Fellowship Hall where we share coffee, light refreshment, and an opportunity to get to know us better in a casual atmosphere.



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  4. Where do I park?


    There is plenty of free parking on streets around the church and there are two municipal lots available…one across the street on Clifton Avenue, and the other just past the church on Third Street.



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  5. Am I allowed to receive communion?


    We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month.  Baptized Christian believers are welcome to partake of the communion, no matter what religion you followed in the past.  We use plain white bread and unsweetened grape juice.  Normally, communion is served to worshipers as they are seated in the pews. 



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  6. Is there a dress code?


    God is interested in your heart and soul, not your wardrobe.  Feel free to dress in clothes that are comfortable for you.  Some worshipers wear jackets and ties, some wear dresses, and some dress more casually.



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  7. Will I be singled out if I’m new?


    You are our guest, and as such, we want you to have the best experience possible.  You will not be singled out.  Should you desire to speak with someone from the church, the usher can point you in the right direction.  We welcome guests and look forward to repeat visits…and possibly, to new members.



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  8. Does your church pass the peace?


    Yes, we shake hands and greet each other immediately following the Gloria Patri during the first part of the worship service.



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  9. What about my kids?


    Children are most welcome at the worship service.  At the present time, we do not have a children’s program, but we are flexible and can put one in place should the need arise.



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  10. What is a Presbyterian, anyway?


    The word “Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbuteros, or elder.  It refers to the way our church is governed: by elders elected by the people.  Elders may or may not be old in years, but they are considered to be people of spiritual maturity.  The board of elders in a local church is known as “the Session.”  That’s an old Scottish term.  The first Presbyterians in America were mostly of Scottish or Scots-Irish ancestry, although that is no longer true today.

     

    Presbyterian churches are not Episcopal, in that we are not accountable to a single individual, a bishop.  Nor are we congregational; our churches don’t stand completely on their own, either.  We occupy the middle ground between these two extremes.  Presbyterians are connectional, in that our churches are accountable to one another in covenant relationship.

     

    The specific place where that connection takes hold is in the presbytery, a regional gathering of elders and ministers from a given geographic area.  Lakewood First is a member congregation of Monmouth Presbytery, a family of 47 churches in central New Jersey.

     

    What do Presbyterians believe, you may be wondering?  The only confession of faith we require of those becoming members is that they acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.  Beyond that simple confession, we have a whole Book of Confessions to guide us – a collection of historic confessions of faith that have informed and inspired the people of God over the centuries. 

     

    Want to learn more about the Presbyterian Church – USA as a denomination?  A good place to start is with the “Presbyterian 101” pages on our denominational website.  The Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia also has some very helpful web pages about Presbyterian history in America.



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  11. Where can I go to ask further questions?


    If there’s a question you have that we didn’t cover, feel free to email us: info@lakewoodfirst.com.  We’ll get back to you…and we may even add your question to the website



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