Frequently Asked Questions


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We're glad you're here!  We hope you will find our congregation warm and inviting and we look forward to making you feel at home.  

Our church is fully compliant with the 1990 American Disability Act.  Here you will find a handicap lift by the front entrance, large print hymnals, and handicap-accessible rest rooms.  Accommodations for wheelchairs are near the pipe organ and a wheelchair is on site for anyone who has a need once inside the building.  An Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) is located on the second floor for use by those who are trained.  Many in our congregation are certified in both CPR and the use of the AED.


What are worship services like at Alexandria Church?

Worship at Alexandria Church touches the heart, engages the mind, and inspires the hand to act in service.  Our Sunday morning service begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 11.  It is a tradtional service led by Pastor Nick and lay leaders that connects us with our past and yet remains relevant to the present.  Preaching is rooted in the Bible and provides meaning and guidance to our lives today.  


Can I participate in communion?

All those who are baptized are welcomed and invited to receive the sacrament of communion which is offered on the first Sunday of the month as well as during other times in the year. Parents determine when their child is old enough to participate; children who are baptized are wholeheartedly included.  Grape juice is offered along with gluten-free bread and water for those with allergies or sensitivities.


What kind of music will I hear in worship services?

Alexandria Church officers spirited and artful music in a variety of styles ranging from traditional hymns to selections by contemporary composers.  The Chancel Choir is the musical centerpiece of our services while the Junior and Youth choirs lend an intergenerational touch.  We frequently enjoy guest soloists and instrumentalists from the New York City area.  The highlights of the musical program include the annual Christmas concert,The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, special Easter selections, and occasional guest soloists and performers. 


Is childcare provided?

Our Nursery is duel-staffed by at least one adult and a teen helper at all times.  The Nursery provides a safe and nurturing enviornment for children from infancy through 24 months.  Childcare is available Sunday mornings during the worship service and at various church-sponsored events.


What is the confirmation program?

All 8th graders are invited to attend our annual confirmation program. Some of the topics include Bible basics, God at work, the Holy Spirit, worship, the sacraments, the Presbyterian seal, Christian mission, and Presbyterian polity. At the conclusion of the program, students are given the opportunity to consider joining the church as active and participating members.

  

Can you tell me a little about Sunday School?

Sunday school classes are offered for students from 2 years old through high school. The Bible-based curriculum is designed with a scope and sequence that follows the church calendar so conversations can continue at home with children and their parents. Read more about our programs for our youth and children; visit the "Committees/Christian Ed" tab above.


How do I become a member of Alexandria Church?

The Exploring Membership class is held once a year over a period of 3 Sunday mornings for those who are considering membership.  The class is led by the pastor and accompainied by contributions from the lay leadership of the church.  We explore the history and polity of the Presbyterian Church USA, the programs of AFPC, the faith and theology of the church, the meaning of church membership, and available opportunities to serve the church, our community, and beyond.

 

How many  . . . ?

. . .  members do you have?

       Presently there are over 250 active members of Alexandria Church.

. . .  attend worship each week?

       Our average worship attendance is 120 each week.

 . . . children are enrolled in Sunday school?

       We offer classes from Pre-K through high school on Sunday morning as well as classes for adults throughout the week.  At present there are 123 children registered for Sunday school. 


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