Welcome to Providence Presbyterian Church!
It is our pleasure to greet you on-line. This website serves as an extension of the ministries of Providence Presbyterian Church. You will find information on our denomination, session, all church programs and our church preschool.
We meet every Sunday morning for worship at 11AM. Our services are traditional but our atmosphere is casual. In all that we do, we strive “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” As you get acquainted with us though this website, it is the hope that we can soon meet in person. Stop by the church one of these days!
Thank you for your interest in our church!
In our internet age, we know you probably want to know a bit about our church before you visit. We hope this page is helpful in providing some information as you learn about our faith community. If you have further questions after reading this page please feel free to email us at ProvidenceGumSpring@gmail.com
- Will I have to stand up and introduce myself at your church?
NO. NO. NO. NO! Did we say no? No, you will not be asked to stand up to introduce yourself during the service. At no point during your visit will you be singled out. You will be greeted multiple times by members of the church. People will introduce themselves to you personally, but you will never be asked to stand up and introduce yourself in front of everyone.
- What’s your church all about?
Providence is an historic church seeking to live out a Christian witness in the modern world. Our church family extends across generations, socio-economic backgrounds, and religious upbringings, united together in our love of God, faith in Christ and commitment to His teaching, one another and our community. Our ministries of learning include Providence Preschool, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, adult Sunday School, small study groups and home fellowship groups. Our ministries of service include local service projects in Louisa and Goochland Counties, funding the work of Goochland Fellowship & Family Services, regular medical mission trips by church members to LaGonave, Haiti, mission trips to support Gulf Coast families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, supporting a missionary family, the Dettweilers, who serve in Nigeria, and working to end modern day slavery.
- What do you believe?
We believe, along with Christians throughout history, in the centrality of the Bible in all matters of faith and practice. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Providence Presbyterian Church belongs to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and adheres to the Confessions of the church as printed in the Book of Confessions, which we believe are faithful expositions of what God calls us to believe and do.
- What does Sunday morning look like?
The nursery is available for children 3 years and younger, and caretakers are there usually 15 minutes before worship begins. Our worship is traditional but the atmosphere is casual. Attire ranges from suits to jeans, and from flip-flops to pumps. You will see very few men wearing ties and even fewer women in formal dresses. Worship service start at 11am with a greeting from the pastor and the announcements for the week. There is a call to worship and a hymn. The children are dismissed to children’s Church after the first hymn. Children’s Church is divided in 3 classes: preschool, lower elementary and upper elementary. There is then a prayer of confession, offering and pastoral prayer. The sermon usually lasts about 20 minutes. After the sermon there is a hymn, except on the first Sunday of every month when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper after the sermon. After the closing hymn the pastor will give the benediction and most church members go to the fellowship hall for coffee and snacks. Children are released to their parents during the fellowship time.
- How can I connect with other people in the church?
Because we believe that the church is the people and not the building, fellowship is very important to us. Providence is a welcoming and friendly church where newcomers can very quickly become part of the family. The size of our church lends itself to friendship and intimacy. We enjoy life together and we are excited to help others experience the joy of Christian community. Therefore, we try to offer regular opportunities for everyone to connect and catch up, whether that is after worship over coffee and cookies, around the Wednesday night bible study table, during a church picnic, at a summer playdate for the kids, or on the couch at the home of one of our church members.
- How are you serving the community, and how can I get involved?
As disciples of Jesus Christ, the members of Gum Spring’s “little church in the woods” serve our local community in several ways, the most important of which is being a “beacon of hope by sharing God’s love.” The Providence Preschool is a ministry of our church that seeks to provide an outstanding, educational Christian environment, guided by our faith and commitment to God, and to equip children to successfully enter a primary educational program. We encourage the children’s parents and grandparents, as well as church members, to support and become involved in the work of the Preschool. In addition, we perform local service projects, including building a handicap ramp for a military veteran’s home and putting in new floors in the home of a single mother. In addition, we sponsor foster children in the Louisa county system during Christmas. Church members also participate in charitable events such as the Goochland Relay-for-Life. Individual members serve in a variety of ways, through their work with local organizations, financial support of non-profits, participation in feeding and other programs, and prayers.
- I have children, how will they fit in at Providence Presbyterian Church?
At Providence Church, we do not believe that children are the “church of the future.” We believe that children are the church of the present. For that reason we take childhood spiritual development very seriously. We do not approach children with the hope that they will meet Christ when they grow up. The pastor and church elders work actively to help children understand their faith in a deeper and relevant way while encountering Jesus in a powerful way at every stage of their development.
Children’s Worship time is a casual, child friendly version of the Providence worship service. Families worship together in the sanctuary until the first hymn begins (the first 5 minutes of the service); during the first hymn children ages 3 and above are dismissed to Children’s Church in the Fellowship Hall. The children sing songs of praise, pray and present their offering as a large group before breaking into smaller, age centered groups where dedicated teachers share the curriculum.
- How do I become a member?
Ask! Just ask the pastor or one of the elders.
The only requirements for membership at Providence Presbyterian Church are:
- Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and the desire to follow him as ruler of your life
- Baptism in a Christian church (does not have to be at Providence or a Presbyterian church)
- Willingness to participate in the life of the church and to follow church teachings, discipline, and governance.
Once you have asked the session for membership, the session will arrange for you to meet with them. This is simply a time for us to get better acquainted and to “formalize” the covenant between you and the church. You may share your reasons for joining Providence and your faith experience with the session. You must be able to answer the following four questions:
- Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he died for our sins, that he was buried, and that he rose again on the third day?
- Have you received Jesus as your Savior, and do you desire to follow him as your Lord?
- Will you serve the Church of Jesus Christ with love, intelligence, gifts, and dedication?
- Have you been baptized?
When you have answered yes to all four, the session will happily vote to receive you into full membership of the congregation. If your answer to the first three questions is yes, but you have not already been baptized, the session will vote to receive you into membership after your baptism. They will then arrange for you to be baptized during our worship service. Once you have been baptized, you will then be a full member of the congregation.
Following acceptance into membership by the session, you will be presented to the congregation during worship. This is simply a time for the congregation to promise to support you and for you to promise to support the congregation.
At that time you will be asked to answer the following questions before the congregation:
- Do you desire to be a member of Providence Presbyterian Church?
- Then, trusting in the gracious mercy of God, Do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?
- Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love?
- Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?”
- Then, will you be a faithful member of this congregation, will you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer?
After you answer these questions you will be officially welcomed by the leaders of the church.
- Where is your church located?
Our street address is 3388 Three Chopt Rd. Gum Spring, VA 23065. Tel. 804-556-6327. Our Mailing address is P. O. Box 13. Gum Spring, VA 23065