If you're new to Woodside you probably have plenty of questions. Here are the ones we hear most frequently:
1. What types of worship services do you offer?
We offer 5 distinct Sunday services at 2 different campuses. Each has its own personality but they all feature scripture, prayer, music and a sermon based on the same scripture. Communion is served on the first Sunday of the month.
Celebration Services at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.– Held in our worship center, the Vineyard, this informal and energetic service features worship music led by our praise band X-Changed. At 10:30 the music is live and the message is shown as a video taped from the 9 a.m. service. In the summer the 10:30 a.m. video service does NOT meet.
Classic Service at 10:30 a.m. – This traditional service, held in the sanctuary, features our organist, choir, brass quartet, bells and a classic order of worship.
At the Parkland Campus, 10:30 a.m. - Causual, contemporary worship led by the Peace Jam Band and a message from Campus Pastor, Greg Penza.
Higher Ground at 6:00 p.m. – Led by 40 Dayz, our senior high youth band, Higher Ground is a café-style service. It features contemporary Christian music in a relaxed, interactive environment. It's led by youth but welcomes all ages.
2. Do I need to be a member to attend worship, participate in a growth group or join a mission?
We invite everyone to worship, grow and serve alongside us. You may participate in all our ministries without being a member.
3. What should I wear?
Anything you want. Casual dress is the norm. Our focus is faith not fashion. We want to help you connect with God and others.
4. What should I expect at a Sunday service?
Don’t worry, we don’t single out visitors or guests…but we will greet you warmly! If you have a question, just ask someone at the Welcome Center right inside the main entrance, or one of our helpful greeters. Before or after the service, enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack in our café, and get to know some of the Woodside community.
We serve communion on the first Sunday of every month. Woodside practices an open communion and invites all baptized believers from all Christian churches to participate.
5. What about my kids?
Baptism: Woodside loves to welcome children into God’s family through baptism. We view it as a partnership. During the baptism ceremony the parents and the congregation promise to teach the child to love and follow Jesus. This partnership is so essential for the spiritual growth of the child that we ask parents to first commit to becoming part of the Woodside community. After taking the Putting Down Roots Class and joining Woodside, the family can contact the church office (215-493-4145) and select a service on a specific Sunday for the baptism. One of the pastors will visit with you the week before that Sunday to go over the details of the baptism ceremony. Presbyterians view the whole church as the godparent but it’s fine if you wish to select godparents for your child. We encourage you to invite them to the service and have them stand with you.
Confirmation: At baptism, parents promise to raise their child to love and follow Jesus. Confirmation is the time when that young person confirms the promise made by the parents, publically declares belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and takes responsibility for loving and following Him in the future. Woodside invites students to join Confirmation class in the fall of ninth grade. Classes meet weekly for 12 weeks.
Woodside is the place for families with children of all ages! During the Sunday morning services at the Yardley Campus we offer: nursery and toddler care for little ones up to age three and Sunday School for preschool to 5th grades.
During the rest of the week, check out:
Adventure Club, a mid-week youth program for preschoolers through 5th grade.
Junior High Youth Group for youth in 6th to 8th grades. This active and energetic group meets on Wednesday evenings, 6 - 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for Bible study, games and fellowship.
Senior High Youth Group for teens in 9th to 12th grades.
The senior high group meets on Thursdays at 5:30 for basketball,band practice, dinner and Bible study, and on Sundays after Higher Ground for fun and fellowship.
6. How do I get involved?
7. How do I become a member of Woodside?
Learn how Woodside can help you follow Jesus and receive spiritual strength. By attending the Putting Down Roots class you can take the step and join the Woodside community. Classes are offered about every 6 weeks throughout the year. Email Karen Houser at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
8. I’m considering having my Wedding at Woodside. How do I set this up?
A good marriage begins on the foundation of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:24-25). As a husband and a wife each grow closer to Jesus, they also grow closer to one another. For this reason, we feel it is crucial for a couple to receive the love, support and encouragement of a church family that will help them grow closer to the Lord. That’s why we ask couples to first commit to being part of the Woodside community. After taking the Putting Down Roots Class and joining Woodside, the bride and groom can select the day for the wedding by calling the church office (215-493-4145). The pastor performing the wedding will contact you directly.
9. Can I meet the pastor?
Absolutely! Our pastors love to visit with anyone exploring their faith. If you’d like to set up a meeting call the church office, 215-493-4145 or email Pastor Doug, Pastor Gloria or Pastor Greg directly.
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