Worship is an act of freedom and gratefulness, not an obligation! The 10am Sunday weekly corporate worship service is relaxed and traditional. All are welcome, and welcome to come as they are. Some choose to dress more formally, and some informally.
We gather to connect with and care for one another, and to pray for God's goodness in the lives of each other and the world around us. We gather with grateful hearts to sing of God's goodness and to be inspired by the gifts of our Music Director, our Senior Choir and our Junior Choir known as the Grace Notes. The Senior Choir sings weekly during the school year and rehearses on Sundays at 9am, with an extra rehearsal 2nd Sundays at 11:30. The Grace Notes sing on the fourth Sunday each month and rehearse Sundays at 11:15.
We gather to hear the Scriptures, to learn about their original context and meaning, and to reflect with the help of a sermon on how they shape us in our context. We gather to celebrate God's love on display in Baptism and Communion. We gather to freely give as we are compelled in support of our congregational life and the efforts of our mission partners, and to consider how we might offer of our time and kindness in the midst of daily life to participate in God’s work in and through us.
Our Sanctuary is a Sanctuary for children, not from them. Children are welcome in our Children's Corner at the front of the Sanctuary, and some choose to sit with their parents in our pews. As our children are with us in worship, they learn of God's love and goodness, learn worship vocabulary and actions, learn the safety and inclusion of the community, and are nurtured to be grateful, caring, and generous neighbors.
Nursery care is offered during the entire worship service in Room 4:16, which is adjacent to the Sanctuary through the side door near the piano. Children (PreK - Middle School) are ordinarily excused from the worship service after the children’s time and are escorted to Sunday School in Room 4:16 and the Pastor's Office. There is no Sunday School during the Summer months, but the Nursery is open and younger children (PreK - age 7) are escorted to Kid's Club in the Chapel following the children's time.
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Fellowship is gathering together with shared faith, and with a loving spirit of belonging, inclusion and mutual concern. It is more than just a simple social time! Gathering in fellowship is the intentional celebration of God’s welcome extended to all, and is a great chance to build relationships and friendships.
A time of intentional fellowship follows each Sunday morning worship service. We’ve recently renovated our Narthex spaces to be more warm, light, open, coffee-filled and more conducive to fellowship. Come see!
In addition to weekly fellowship, all are welcome to monthly intergenerational fellowship luncheons after Sunday worship. Main dishes and drinks will be provided and all are invited to bring a side-dish or dessert.
09/10/17 Bounceback Sunday Picnic: Bounce House for the kids!
10/29/17 Halloween Luncheon: Costumes, pumpkin decorating.
11/26/17 Advent Celebration Luncheon: Crafts, activities and decorating.
01/28/18 Mission Partner Luncheon: Cooperative mission project.
02/25/18 Talent Show Luncheon: Participate or Encourage.
03/25/18 Lenten Celebration Luncheon: Decorating and Packing Eggs
04/22/18 Village Children’s Shower: Prepping gifts for this Ministry
05/27/18 Welcome Summer Picnic: Food, Games and Prayers
Other Fellowship Opportunites Include:
Monthly Ladies’ Nights Out (2nd Tuesdays 5:30pm)
Lenten Intergenerational Events
Seasonal Work Days
Knitting Group (2nd and 4th Mondays 7pm)
All are welcome to gather in the spirit of fellowship in any of our other circles or meetings. Check the website calendar for the most up-to-date schedule!
VFPC is currently developing a vision for another way of gathering to celebrate, learn, and do God's good.
We envision set groups of 12-16 who meet monthly around a large table and in conversational circles. This regular gathering of a smaller group is often called a "House Church." They are less formal and discussion-based rather than including all traditional congregational elements and liturgies.
We were awarded a grant by the Philadelphia Presbytery to launch this initiative and to transform our Chapel space so that it feels like gathering at home. Check back to this website for details to come or ask the office to keep you posted!