WHEN WE WORSHIP
Our family of faith gathers on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m for worship in the sanctuary, with the 8:30 being contemporay and 11:00 traditional. Find a detailed map and directions to our church on the CONTACT page of our website.
SNAPSHOT OF THE 8:30 CONTEMPORARY SERVICE
As you walk into the sanctuary catch up on ministry moments on the screen up front and share conversations with your church family. Enjoy breakfast items in the kitchenette prior to the service. The music may be more like that you hear on local Christian radio, the service may not have all the pieces many people are accustomed to, but the message shares the steadfast love of God as found in Scripture. You will enjoy singing songs with our worship team, hearing prayers led by lay leaders and pastors, and growing in your faith through the reading of Scripture and sharing of the Message.
SNAPSHOT OF THE 11:00 TRADITIONAL SERVICE
As you walk into the sanctuary, feel embraced by a smile, handshake, or hug from our family of faith. The service is led by pastors, music director, Christian educator, and lay leaders. The service opens with a welcome and annoucements followed by a meet and greet. The service continues with a Call to Worship, Opening Hymn, Prayer of Confession, Children's Time, Prayers for the People, Middle Hymn, Scripture, Sermon, Affirmation of Faith, Offertory, Closing Hymn, and Blessing. The music selections are led by our chancel choir and other groups such as the Grace Bells, Children & Youth Music Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble, the and Men's Chorus. Both the organ and piano are used throughout the service for congregational singing. Join us for worship!
Sunday School for all ages is provided from 9:45 -10:40 a.m. in various locations. Throughout the year, we have various small group options to help our people with their faith journeys. Visit our ministry pages to find out more about opportunities in CHRISTIAN EDUCATION and in the programming for CHILDREN, YOUTH, and ADULTS.
As children walk into worship, they will find white stands that hold worship bags to facilitate their worship with their families. Each bag contains bookmarks to mark hymns and scripture readings, a notepad, crayons, a story book, and a worship guide for families. Each service also includes a children's time when children share a Bible story with one of our pastors, our Christian educator, or a lay leader. A WORSHIP EXPLORATION CLASS is also offered twice a month to children 5 years through first grade.
Crib and toddler nurseries are available during both worship services. The Tinkling Spring nursery ministry is our opportunity to love and care for our little ones and their parents during worship and other times.
Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church was established in 1740 by early Scot-Irish settlers who settled in the Shenandoah Valley. The church has been located on the present site since then. The present church sanctuary was built in 1849. The church is located on forty-one acres of land, and includes the sanctuary, education rooms, offices, Spring Hall with a full kitchen and gym, a smaller assembly building, Fellowship Hall with a full kitchen, a playground area, an outdoor pavilion, three cemetery areas, and a natural spring named "The Tinkling Spring." LEARN more about our heritage.
The Presbyterian Church is a church in the REFORMED TRADITION. The Reformed tradition includes churches that trace their theological heritage from Scripture through their historic confessions and church leaders who have sought to interpret the Bible for the world. Reformed churches are characterized by a commitment to vigorous engagement between the church and the world.
In the reformed tradition, two sacraments are celebrated during worship: communion and baptism. Throughout a calendar year, communion is celebrated both at the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services at least once per quarter. Baptism is a sign and seal of God's grace upon our lives. Infant and adult baptisms occur during worship services to allow the church family to voice its commitment to support baptized individuals and their families in their faith journeys.