What does the term 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 the pastor?

Their official title is Ministers of the Word and Sacraments (Teaching Elders) but some people call them by their first name, occasionally even Reverend or simply Pastor.

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 pastor would be delighted to help you talk to your child about communion.

Can I be baptized/have my child baptized?

Our pastor 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 I do become a member of the church?

Contact the church office or schedule a meeting with our pastor. 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 hand-bells?

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, 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

Can I book your facilities for my family reunion/staff training/support group/recital/etc?

First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles welcomes members and nonmembers to use their facilities for purposes that are consistent with the teachings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Depending on the nature of your event, we may request a fee to use the facilities. Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis and church events will take priority. All reservations are subject to the approval of the session. Please contact Business Administrator to schedule your event office@skanpresby.org

Can I have my wedding in your sanctuary?

Our pastors will be delighted to speak to you about having you wedding at First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles. Being a member of the congregation is not required, but we will expect the service to be consistent with teachings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In order to officiate the service, our pastors will require the couple to attend pre-marital counseling. The scheduling of all weddings, including requests for a pastor or musician from outside the church to participate in the wedding, are subject to the approval of the session.

Even though my family member did not attend this church, can I have the funeral there?

We will be glad to assist you in your time of mourning. Please contact the church office to discuss the details.