Ministries within the Church Body
Prayer is a primary means of grace and an essential element of worship, and Providence has established a distinct culture of prayer. We convene a midweek prayer service, publish a weekly prayer sheet, and maintain an active telephone/text Prayer Chain. Intercession is voiced at all services, and congregants are encouraged in private and family prayer times. Unspoken requests may be confided to the pastor and/or Session.
Providence expresses the awe and wonder of praising God by vibrant congregational singing. Texts and music are selected from the Trinity Hymnal and Cantus Christi, providing both ecclesiastical hymnody and a wide repertoire of psalmody. Additionally, our volunteer choir sings anthems at monthly communion as well as undertaking cantatas for Christmas and Easter. Practices take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. during the fall, winter, and spring under the leadership of professionally trained musicians. On Sunday evenings, a children’s choir (ages 5 – 8) class meets, in which covenant children learn both the rudiments of music and classic church hymnody.
Providence always provides adult-staffed nursery care during Sunday services. Members and regular visitors volunteer to rotate serving in this capacity. We have just completed the renovation of our nursery suite, which consists of two large rooms dedicated to infants and toddlers (up to age four), with an additional sink/changing room and a crib/nursing room.
Rather than conducting “Sunday School” classes before or after morning worship, Providence enlists trusted members of the congregation to teach Discipleship Classes on Sunday evenings. Adults receive instruction from our pastor or from profitable video series, while young ladies and young men separately study selected books under the guidance of committed adult leaders. Preschool children through 6th graders benefit from a sequence of three classes taught by veteran teachers covering basic Bible stories, music and hymnody, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism. In addition, Pastor Coleman regularly conducts Communicants’ Classes for young people together with their fathers, preparing them for examination by the elders to join the church as communing members.
All ladies at Providence, from young adults up, are privileged to enjoy fellowship in monthly gatherings and to serve the church in multiple official capacities. Our Ladies’ Fellowship, led by a Steering Committee that reports to the Session, is responsible for many aspects of serving the body and encouraging one another as women.
Our Providence ladies always provide meals for families experiencing particular difficulties, including moves, births, hospitalizations, and deaths. Additionally, whenever our church hosts a funeral, we offer the option of a generous post-funeral meal or reception served at the church for all extended family and friends in attendance.