Welcome to Parkway
Baptism

Baptism is a sign of being engrafted into Christ and enjoying new life with Christ.  Presbyterians baptize infants, children, teenagers, and adults.  We believe that a person needs to be baptized only once and we recognize the baptism of any Christian church.

Infant baptism affirms that God's love for us precedes our love for God.  The baptism of someone older recognizes the personal response to God's invitation.

Baptism has taken several different forms throughout the history of the church.  Parkway, like most Presbyterian churches, usually baptizes by "sprinkling" a small amount of water on the head of the candidate.  However, arrangements can be made for some other form of baptism in consultation with the minister.  Presbyterians believe that, since baptism brings someone into the Christian church, the presence of the congregation is a necessary part of the service.

When children are presented for baptism, it is required that at least one of the parents is actively engaged in the ministry of a particular church.

 Baptisms are scheduled with a minister and approved by the Session.

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is also called Holy Communion or The Eucharist.  This sacrament remembers the Last Supper that Jesus spent with his disciples as it is recorded in the Bible.

Parkway celebrates The Lord's Supper monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month.  The sacrament is open to anyone who has been baptized, regardless of whether or not the person is a member of Parkway.   We serve both elements, the bread and the wine, though we serve both red wine and white grape juice for those who wish to refrain from alcohol.

Presbyterians believe that Christ is spiritually present in the bread we eat and the wine we drink.  This differs from some other churches that believe that the bread and wine are transformed into Christ's body and blood, and from those churches who believe the sacrament simply remembers Jesus' ministry.

One common question is, "Who is worthy to participate in this meal?"  No one; it is by the amazing grace of God that we are invited to the table.

Marriage

Presbyterians do not lift Christian Marriage to the level of a sacrament, but we do believe that marriage is a Holy Covenant between a couple and God, as well as a civil contract with the state.

Wedding services are scheduled with the minister who coordinates the service with the Music Director and Chancel Guild.  For more detailed information about holding your wedding at Parkway, please call the church office.  A complete Wedding Policy can forwarded to you.