Frequently Asked Questions
We would love for you to join us for worship, service, and fellowship at Kirkwood. Here are a few frequently asked questions that we hope will make you feel more at home on your first visit.
What time is worship?
Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19, we ask that everyone (vaccinated or not) to wear a mask while indoors with the exception for the Liturgist and Pastor while speaking, children 2 and under, and for those with special medical needs. Sunday Worship is also livestreamed via Facebook. The service lasts around an hour.
What is worship like at Kirkwood?
We have a traditional worship service that includes praise, confession, Scripture, proclamation, offering, and thanksgiving. Our chancel choir provides at anthem at each worship service, and the congregation participates in singing hymns from the Presbyterian Hymnal and other sources.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code at Kirkwood. In our service, you will see everything from suits, shirts and ties, and dresses to jeans and shorts. Our sanctuary is air-conditioned.
Is there a formal recognition of visitors during the service?
We do not single-out visitors during the service. We simply ask everyone to sign the Friendship Pad on their pew so they will know the names of people they’re worshiping with. Please leave your name and contact information so our pastor can send you a note of welcome.
Where should I park?
There are a few visitor spots marked at the top of the main parking lot, just off Acworth-Due West Road. If those are full, park anywhere in the main lot, on the wooded side of the church, or on the parking pad behind the church. And if those are full, you can park at Due West Elementary School across the street.
Is there handicapped accessibility?
There are two marked parking spots near the sanctuary entrance, and there is a ramp to the sanctuary. Although we don’t have an elevator (yet!), there is wheelchair access at the entrance of each floor.
Is there nursery care?
Nursery care is provided during Sunday School and morning worship for infants age 3 months through age 3 years. The nursery is located on the middle level of the building. Come in the door at the back of the building, and the nursery will be just off the first hall on the left. Our experienced nursery supervisor, “Miss Becky,” is there every Sunday to provide a loving and safe environment for your infants and toddlers. Please personally take your children to the nursery and pick them up after worship.
Do you have a separate children’s service?
Children who are ages 3 through 1st grade attend the beginning of the worship service and participate in a children’s sermon led by our pastor. Then our children’s worship director will take them downstairs for a lesson that ties in with the adults’ sermon for the day.
Am I allowed to take communion?
We invite any baptized believer in Christ to share in communion with us. You don’t have to a member of Kirkwood – or even a Presbyterian – to receive communion. Our elders serve communion by passing the trays of grape juice and bread at each pew, and everyone partakes of the elements at the time they are served.
Do I have to give an offering?
Absolutely not. The offering provides a way for our members to support the ministries of the church. If you feel called to contribute, you certainly may, but please don’t feel like you must.
What if I decide I want to join?
We hold New Member Classes several times a year so just tell the pastor or a member of your interest, and we will be sure to include you. The class gives new members a chance to learn more about the Presbyterian Church (USA) and about Kirkwood in particular. It also helps the newest members to get to know each other better.
Our Session will meet with you and the class to approve your membership by one of three methods: (1) transfer of membership from another church, (2) reaffirmation of faith by those who have been baptized but do not have active membership elsewhere, and (3) baptism and affirmation of faith.
What about baptism?
As Presbyterians, we baptize people of all ages, from infants to adults. If you have never been baptized, or if you would like your child baptized, talk to our pastor. She will discuss the meaning of baptism with you and talk about why you desire baptism. If you have already been baptized, we will not baptize you again. Scripture says that there is only “one baptism.” We believe that God’s grace is good once and for all. We can, however, help you reaffirm the promises made in your baptism to mark a spiritual awakening in your life. Again, just talk to our pastor, and she can help you through this process.