Worship during COVID-19 pandemic
BPC is now a Matthew 25 church
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. Bedford Presbyterian Church voted to adopt this initiative in March 2020. In the coming weeks, months, and years we'll be on a journey of service and ministry as we recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.
About Sunday Worship
Worship is at the heart of who we are and what we do for the glory of God. We hope everyone feels welcomed as they pass through our "big green doors" into the household of faith known as Bedford Presbyterian Church.
Inspiring services are crafted to connect us with the timeless Word of God in creative ways. Through scripture and sermon, sacrament and prayer, anthem and song, we open ourselves to experience the presence of the God whose love revealed in Jesus Christ embraces us all.
We delight in multigenerational ministry, joyfully welcoming all ages in our worship. Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers during the service.
Baptisms are celebrated with joy and thanksgiving here at BPC as we welcome children and adults into God's family. Baptisms are arranged through one of the pastors.
We celebrate The Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of each month and at special seasonal services. Our communion table is open to all who profess their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Our worship services welcomes and includes all children, with a Children's Message that presents the morning lesson in terms that young children can grasp.
To help keep children quietly occupied we provide worship folders which contain worksheets and storybooks that highlight the message for that Sunday service. These folders are found in bins in the narthex outside the sanctuary.
If your child becomes fidgety or noisy, you are welcome to go to our living room located directly beneath the sanctuary. Restrooms are located down the hall from the living room. For safety, we require parents or older siblings to accompany children in a "buddy system" around the church. Please use the doors at the back of the sanctuary to leave and return during worship.
We invite everyone to Fellowship Hall after worship for coffee, snacks and socializing.
Celebrating Children at Bedford Presbyterian Church
To the parents of young children, may we suggest...
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don't feel you have to suppress it in God's house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what's going on. They tire of seeing the backs of other's heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the Service and actions of the pastor, ushers, choir, etc. Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn to worship by being in worship with others.
If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, "Let the children come to me."
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.