What to Expect

What to Expect

What time are services on Sunday morning?

We have both a traditional and contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings. Our Sunday schedule:
8:30 a.m. Contemporary Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Traditional Service

What is the contemporary service like?

Our early service is a contemporary worship service held in the sanctuary, about an hour in length. In this service, musicians play guitar, keyboards and sing. Music ranges from age old hymns to new tunes, or even psalms. There often is no “order of service” printed for you in the early service, but it follows a similar path of the regular service.

What is the traditional service like?

The 10:30 a.m. worship service is traditional. We have great music led by our choirs, the piano and the organ, often accompanied with brass ensembles or soloists. Services will be around one hour in length. Children are welcome and encouraged in worship, especially during our Children’s Sermon. We also have a nursery available for those who need it.

Do you allow children in the main Sanctuary during worship services?

Absolutely! Bring your children — all ages are welcome — and join us for worship. If you prefer, you may entrust your young children (birth to 4 years) to our nursery caregivers who have undergone child protection training and background checks. We also have children’s church for 5 years up to 2nd grade.

I see your Sunday service times, but how far in advance should I arrive to get my children where they need to be etc.?

If it is your first time visiting Palmetto, you should try to come approximately 20 minutes before the actual service starts. This will give you plenty of time to join us for fellowship, coffee and breakfast food in the Great Hall. One of our greeters will help you become acquainted with our service.

I am not Presbyterian, do I need to be to visit the church?

Absolutely not. In fact many of our current church members were not Presbyterian when they first visited. We welcome everyone to come enjoy our church.

I have never been to Palmetto, how should I dress?

As a traditional church, you will find that our congregants and visitors wear business casual as opposed to jeans in the Sanctuary. However, please don’t feel like you must dress like this for worship. At our contemporary early worship service you might find yourself in an environment with more casual attire. We are a relaxed environment that is made up of jeans and a dress shirt to dress jackets and suits.

Can I have communion at your church?

The second Sunday of each month, and on special occasions, we observe the Lord’s Supper as we remember the sacrifice of Christ and feed ourselves for the journey of faith. As Presbyterians, we invite all those who trust in God to eat at the Lord’s Table. It is neither a Presbyterian table or Palmetto’s table. We observe communion by intinction, where our Elders offer the “Body of Christ broken for you” and the “Blood of Christ shed for you”.