Worship is the focal point of Christian life in community. It is the starting point for education, fellowship, and service for people of all ages. Worship is the beginning and end of our communal Christian lives. In a service of baptism we are brought into the fellowship of the Church, and the finality of our lives is recognized in a service of thanksgiving and remembrance in a Christian funeral. Worship is the centerpiece of our corporate experience in faith. It is where we learn and proclaim our faith, where we sing, pray, and share our gifts from God with others. It is both the construction site and the launching area of our individual and corporate ships of faith.
Whether at 9 or 11 AM on Sundays (or 10 AM in the summer), as we gather to praise God we are strengthened in our lives together and nurtured in our love for God and service to one another in Christ.
- September through May: Services at 9 AM and 11 AM (see details on each service below.)
On a few select Sundays, we hold a single service for the entire congregation at 10 AM.
- Summer Worship (Memorial Day through Labor Day): Single service at 10 AM in the chapel.
Second Church welcomes you to a vigorous and family-focused worship service at 9 AM on Sundays. The music, featuring our Second@9 Band, is varied in style and high in energy. Even the youngest members of your family will be comfortable at this service as they learn about worshiping God along with all of us. The Second@9 Band helps the congregation worship with a more contemporary theme, using piano, guitar, and drums, along with beautifully blended voices. Our Bells@Second handbell choir and Children’s Choir also occasionally contribute to the service. Even with this condensed (about 45 minutes), all-ages, family service, all of the elements of worship are practiced.
This more traditional Christian worship service is held at 11 AM on Sundays. Whether a lifelong Presbyterian or a newcomer to church life, you will find this hour-long service to be both familiar and invigorating. Singing of hymns, reading of scripture, the pastor’s sermon, a time with the children, and anthems from the Chancel Choir, and on occasion our Handbell Choir and Children’s Choir all will help you worship God in a meaningful way.
Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month at both services.
Holy holidays and feast days (such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) are announced beforehand and usually offer an evening service at or around 7 PM.
Second Church has many entrances, which often confuses visitors. Feel free to enter our church through the Westcott door entrance on Charlcote Road (Charles street) (wheelchair accessible–look for the white-columned colonnade), the Smith Hall door near Saint Paul Street, the sanctuary doors at the front of the church, or the glass doors on Stratford Road (wheelchair accessible) near the Chapel (best for 9 AM service).
Second Presbyterian Church is wheelchair accessible. A ramp is located on Charlcote Road (Charles Street) leading to the Westcott entrance (look for the white-columned colonnade). The elevator to the Sanctuary and Smith Hall, our fellowship hall, is located down the hall on the left. The glass door entrance on Stratford Road, nearest the Chapel where the Second@9 service is held, is also accessible.
The Second Presbyterian Church childcare staff provide a loving, safe, and clean environment for infants (8 weeks) through five-year-olds in the nursery on the main level during both worship services.
The care of your children is an important part of the ministry of our church. The Christian Education Council supervises this ministry. All rooms are nearby and are well supervised and staffed.
Christian Education Between Worship Services
Christian Education for preschoolers through 12th grade and adults is held from September through May at 10 AM during the hour between the two services. The weekly adult seminar features thought provoking discussions on the week’s Bible lesson or special series such as “Mark for Everyone,” “Personal Encounters with Jesus,” “Coming Alive through Worship” and “Faith in the Workplace”. Coffee and refreshments are also served there and available to all.