Elkton Presbyterian Church conducts worship in accordance with the Book of Order and has two Sunday worship services, a praise service at 8:45 a.m. and a traditional service at 11:00 a.m. During the summer months, from the second Sunday of June through the Sunday before Labor Day, we hold one combined worship service at 10:00 a.m.
The praise service features a Praise Band that performs and starts at 845 a.m. The words to the songs that can be heard on Christian radio stations, and are agreed upon by the band and pastor, are projected on a screen at the front of the sanctuary along with the Call to Worship, and Prayer of Confession. This service is casual. Many of the members come in blue jeans and T-shirts.
The traditional service, at 11:00 a.m., is a more formal worship service with hymns from the Presbyterian Hymnal and occasionally special music from either the choir or members of the congregation. The pastor and choir director agree upon the music for this service.
Both services include a sermon devoted to the children called “Word to the Children.” The congregation contributes to our worship services by singing in the choir, playing hand bells, being lay readers, and greeters. Both services have a dedicated “prayer” who prays silently for the pastor, the message, and everyone in the sanctuary during the hour.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated regularly on the first Sunday of the month, or on certain special occasions such as Maundy Thursday. Participants come forward to receive the elements by intinction at the praise service and are served in the pews at the traditional service.
Coffee is served after both services from September through June and lemonade is served during the summer months, along with light refreshments.
Elkton Presbyterian Church holds a church service at Laurelwood Care Center on the third Sunday every month. House-bound members of the congregation receive Sunday bulletins in the mail and receive communion by extended serving.