WELCOME!We worship every Sunday at 10:00 am and we'd love for you to join us!
Whether you're a first time visitor or a long-time member, we are always happy to see you at worship or at any of the programs and services at Orange Beach Presbyterian Church.
If you're thinking of visiting, you might have questions about what to expect. That's normal, so here are a few things which might make your first visit more comfortable.
SUNDAY WORSHIP Sunday worship is at 10:00am. As Presbyterians, we are part of the Reformed Tradition, with a traditional service. If you'd like to know what the sermon will be about, please go to our Facebook page - our pastor goes live every Sunday around 8:15 to say good morning and tell us what the topic is.
You'll be greeted by ushers when you arrive. They'll give you a bulletin and can answer any questions you might have. Sit where you like and make yourself comfortable - no reserved pews here! The Order of Worship is contained in the bulletin, which spells out every part of the service, including the words of responses and communal prayers. It even tells you when to sit and stand. No surprises.
We believe that the sound of children is the sound of a living church - children are always welcome in worship!
Dress is casual. You'll find some men in jackets and ties and women in dresses or skirts, and some in comfortable slacks and shirts. Jeans are fine too. The important thing is your presence, not your appearance.
We celebrate communion the first Sunday of each month, also on Christmas Eve and on Maundy Thursday. The sacrament is open to all. We serve one of two ways - by intinction, which is when you come to the front of the church, tear off a piece of bread, dip it in the juice, and eat immediately, or by passing the plates, when everyone stays seated and the bread is passed, followed by the small cups of juice. Everyone waits and eats/drinks together. The pastor will always give instructions so you'll know the procedure. When you take the bread and dip it in the juice the elder will say, "this is the Body of Christ" and "this is the blood of Christ." You can say "Amen," or "Alleluia," or "Praise God," or nothing at all - whatever you are led to say or not say.
Please stay for coffee and cookies after worship in the fellowship. We'd love to get to know you better!
WHO WE ARE Orange Beach Presbyterian Church is a member of the denomination called the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), often called PC(USA). Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.
Presbyterian churches are connectional, meaning they work together with other churches and bodies to do Christ's work in ministry, mission, service, education, and government. Churches are clustered in geographical areas called presbyteries and synods. OBPC is a member of the Presbytery of South Alabama. Presbyteries are grouped in larger clusters to form synods. We are a part of the Synod of Living Waters. Every other year, the denomination holds a General Assembly, where commissioners gather to worship, study, debate, and conduct business. Clergy and laity are represented in equal numbers.