Information For First Time Visitors
Where do I go?
Greenwood Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is located at 1635 Cokesbury Road Greenwood, SC, near Greenwood High School where Northside Drive intersects 254. We have a horseshoe shaped driveway that curves around the back of our church building, where you can find convenient parking spots on either side of the building as well as behind it.
Our Sunday School classes (10 a.m.) are located in the main hallway. Classes for adults are labeled "United/Heaner" and "Elliot Class". The Children's classes are labeled by age group. There are signs posted outside of the classrooms to help you locate them.
There is a time of Fellowship (10:40 a.m.) between Sunday School and the Worship service where you can help yourself to a cup of coffee and a doughnut and enjoy getting to know people in our Fellowship hall.
For Sunday worship (11 a.m.), make your way to the front doors of the sanctuary. You'll find greeters waiting to help you. Tell them this is your first time worshipping at Greenwood ARP and they'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.
What about my children?
Children are a vital part of our church and welcome at any time. Our nursery is located at the corner of our building and is clearly marked by a sign. Look for the sign-in desk to your right as you enter the nursery. You'll find nursery classrooms for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. All caretakers are trusted church members, have submitted to a background check, and are gifted at working with children.
Children of all ages are welcome in the worship service. About halfway through the service, a children's message is offered that is designed to help young ones understand the day's sermon on a level appropriate to their comprehension. After the children's sermon, children in kindergarten and first grade will meet a teacher at the front of the sanctuary who will lead them to a special "Children's Church." And of course, if you prefer to stick together as a family for the entire service, you are more than welcome to do so.
What should I wear?
At Greenwood ARP, you’re welcome to attend wearing whatever clothes make you comfortable. Many church members wear traditional church attire, such as suits and ties or dresses. Others wear khakis and button down shirts or polos.
What is the worship service like?
Our worship service is a mixture of church traditions, old and new. Services begin after announcements with a musical call to worship and a time of congregational hymn singing. We generally sing traditional hymns and "Bible Songs" (Psalms set to music), but also welcome newer musical selections that are in harmony with our theological traditions. Our chancel choir also sings most Sundays.
During the service, the congregation is encouraged to be actively engaged in the meditative reading of scripture or an affirmation of faith from our Westminster Standards. These are generally printed in the bulletin or in songbooks and read responsively, led by one of our elders.
After singing and spending time in pastor-led prayers of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication, our deacons receive tithes and offerings. Please don't feel that you are either expected to give or under obligation to give - we simply appreciate your visiting us. Instead, please help us to get to know you by dropping the small white "Welcome" cards located on the back of each pew into the offering plate. If you have concerns you would like us to pray about, please indicate these on the reverse side of the same card. These completed cards are helpful to us in thanking you for worshipping with us.
Pastor Todd McCoy's sermons are always based on the Bible. If you don't own a Bible or forget to bring one, you are welcome to use one of the Bibles in the pew racks. These are copies of the New International Version of the Bible. And you can expect the pastor to teach on specific passages of Scripture while also explaining how to apply the lesson to our life in the 21st century.
After our worship service, the pastor or elders will be waiting to greet you at the exits. The last thing we want to do is embarrass you, so we'll never ask guests to stand up or raise their hand. We'll get to know you one-on-one, not by calling you out in front of a large group.
How do I learn more?
If you can't find the information you're looking for here, contact us by calling the church office (864) 223- 6235 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the church!