What does “Presbyterian” mean?

Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbyteros which means elder. It refers to our style of church governance which is by elders elected by the congregation for three year terms. In Presbyterian Churches, most decisions are made by elders and not by the congregation or the pastor.

What should I call your Pastor and/or associate Pastor?

Their official title is Teaching Elders, (used to be Ministers of the Word and Sacraments) but some people call them by their first name, or Pastor Craig or Pastor Mario, occasionally even Father. Whatever you are comfortable with is fine by them; most people just call him friends.

Can I take communion?

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) invites all baptized persons to come to the table regardless of their age or church of membership. Children taking communion should receive instruction from their parents on the meaning of the sacrament. Our pastors would be delighted to help you talk to your child about communion.

Can I be baptized/have my child baptized?

Our pastors will be delighted to talk to you about baptism for you or your children. All baptisms take place in public worship so that the whole congregation can celebrate with you.

How do I become a member of the church?

Contact the church office or schedule a meeting with one of our pastors.. The elders of the church will meet with new members before they join to get to know them better and welcome them to the church. New members will be asked to come forward during the service to reaffirm their faith and be introduced to the congregation. Presbyterians recognize all baptisms done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and do not re-baptize anyone who has been baptized before.

Do I need to be a member of the church to participate in choir or the handbell choir?

You too, can join in the fun! You do not need to be a member of our church to sing in the Choir or play in the Handbell Choir, just time and dedication to participate and give the Glory to God in what the group does. Choir meets on Thursdays at 7:30pm - 9pm unless other arrangements are made and Fellowship Bells meet on Thursdays at 5PM, Chancel Bells meet on Thursdays at 6:15, EmBellishment  meets on Tuesdays at 6PM.
Brian Ackles, Choir Director brianoackles@skanpresby.org
Sue Grady, Bell Director fam4408@aol.com

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The First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles is the oldest congregation in the village. It was organized July 20, 1801, by the Rev. Aaron Bascom, who ...

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Presbyterian Church (USA)97 East Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152 / Directions
Phone: (315) 685-5048 / Email Us
Worship @ 9:30am every Sunday