"Church is God's action which establishes the conditions in which we grow up in Christ."
(from Eugene Peterson's, Practice Resurrection)
Presbyterians believe God calls members and their unique gifts into the membership of a particular congregation. Each congregation is charged to serve for the good of the entire church of Jesus Christ. (Sometimes we manage this better than other times!)
Much negative press exists about "going to church" or "belonging to church." Much of it is valid. Much is not.
Living and serving together in a congregation helps us practice the Christian life...forgiving and being forgiven, serving and being served, learning and teaching, praying and being prayed for...you get the picture. We call this "Christian Formation." In participating together in this group of people known as a "congregation," we are shaped by God into God's people. We don't know exactly how this happens, and we are not in control of the process or the timing, but we do know participating together transforms us.
Growing spiritually, nurturing children and youth, supporting young adults, worshipping and leading through music, and sharing fellowship are opportunities for this formation. We invite you into the full life and ministry of our congregation as we take seriously our call to equip each other as disciples of Jesus. Through these practices, we find ourselves encountering God again and again, encounters that transform us in ways we can explain, and ways that take our breath away. This enables us to live and serve as God's people as we walk outside the "church doors" into a culture and world much in need of God's transforming work.