Allow us to introduce ourselves
East Gate Presbyterian Church is a body of people who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation. We’re not perfect, but He is, and we trust that His Holy Spirit is at work within and among us to make us more holy.
We’re a family that, in His strength, loves one another because Christ has loved us. And so we seek to serve one another, encourage one another, and pray with and for one another. We are involved in one another’s lives. We enjoy each other, laugh together, poke fun at one another, eat together and work together. We carry one another’s burdens.
What should i expect?
You should expect to be warmly greeted. You should expect to be seen. You should expect people to introduce themselves and to ask lots of questions – not because we’re nosy, but because we really want to get to know you.
You should expect to enter into worship and have a true encounter with the living God.
What happens on a typical sunday?
Aside from the Beach Service, Sundays begin at 9:30am with corporate prayer. We meet in the Fellowship Hall and pray for 20-30 minutes.
Following that time of prayer, we have Sunday School for both adults and children. Adults meet in the Fellowship Hall. Children meet in the Sunday School room, to the right of the sanctuary. Sunday School occurs from 10:00am until 10:45am.
At 11:00am, we have our main worship service, which ends between 12:00 and 12:15.
What do we think about worship?
Because Christ is King and Head of His church, worship is at the center of who we are and what we do each Lord’s Day. We are committed to worshiping the Lord in Spirit and truth (John 4:23), in the way that He has prescribed in His Word (Deut. 12:32; Mt. 15:9; WCF 21.1). We are humbled, grateful, joyful, and reverent at the prospect of coming before the living God (Hebrews 12:18-29).
You can read more about our “Philosophy of Worship” here.
What’s the Music like?
Our goal is to honor God with our singing. Therefore, the songs we sing must be doctrinally sound, theologically rich, and spiritually edifying. In addition, they must be singable by the congregation.
On any given Sunday, you’ll join us in singing Psalms and hymns, as well as some more contemporary music. Simply put, we desire to sing what is true, whether it’s old, or new.
How should i dress?
As with all other aspects of our worship, our dress isn’t about formality, but about honoring our great and living God. We know that Scripture commands modesty (1 Peter 3:3-4), that we should do things in a manner that does not give offense (1 Cor. 10:32), and that we should do everything to His glory (1 Cor. 10:31). If you follow those biblical principles, you’ll fit right in.
Because we’re in a beach community, many people dress more “casually,” especially in the summer months. Longer pants and shirts come out in the colder months.
Do you have nursery or children’s church?
We offer a nursery for children under the age of 5. Our nursery workers have up-to-date background checks.
We do not offer children’s church because we want families to worship together. Part of training up “a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6) is to involve him/her in corporate worship. The Word of God expects children to be present in the worshiping community (Neh. 8:2; Eph. 6:1) – Paul expects that children will be there to hear this read), and so do we. If you need help, we’ll provide what we can. Don’t be embarrassed by the noise. We understand, and it’s all part of the training!
Do You have a beach service?
We do! Well, technically it’s a water-side service. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, we hold a Sunday morning service at 8:30am at the pavilion in Pot-Nets Seaside.
You can bring a chair, or sit on one of the benches under the pavilion. Sometimes, weather forces us to cancel, but we’ll post cancellations on our facebook page. And you’ll probably know ahead of time, just by looking out your window.