Frequently Asked Questions
What is your worship service like?
CPC is a community of believers who seek to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Our worship style would be considered “contemporary”, but we are known to throw in a good hymn from time to time as well. We utilize many different elements in our service to promote God’s glory and praise including but not limited to: call to worship, prayer, confession of sin, confession of faith, testimonies, prayers over our congregation and community, singing, the Lord’s Supper, and preaching. We do not seek to entertain people with our service, but rather invite everyone to participate and commune with our God through an offering of heartfelt worship. (To learn more about our philosophy on Worship, please click HERE.)
What other details should I know about your worship service?
We begin worship at 9:30am and we are usually finished by 10:45 or so. There is no dress code – so, come as you are! We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month. CPC is a very friendly and fellowship-oriented church, so expect someone to introduce themselves to you.
What is your congregation like?
CPC is a congregation of around 150 people. We are a family of believers who come from all walks of life. We are cashiers and CEOs, farmers and physicians, computer analysts and care givers…wherever the Lord has placed us, that is where we are. As Paul would say, God has assembled this church as a “body made up of many different parts”. We also span multiple generations as we have infants and great-grandparents and everything in between. We love God, we love people and we are passionate about expanding Christ’s Kingdom in Richmond!
Does your church offer something for my kids?
CPC has traditionally offered Sunday School for all ages following the morning worship service, but things have paused due to COVID-19. Stay tuned as we consider how to ramp that back up!
Grades 7-12 meet weekly for youth group from 3-5pm every Sunday at rotating families’ homes.
What is a “Presbyterian” church?
CPC is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America, which is a theologically conservative denomination that seeks to be “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission.” Three aspects used to describe a PCA church are: Evangelical, Reformed, and Presbyterian
The PCA is an evangelical denomination in that we proclaim the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The word “evangelical” comes from the Greek word meaning “good news.” We desire all people to trust in the saving work of Jesus and enjoy eternal life in him.
The PCA is a reformed denomination in that we believe in the biblical truth proclaimed during the Protestant Reformation. The Word of God, rather than tradition, is the only guide for the Church. God alone saves through his immeasurable mercy and according to his sovereign plan. We believe the system of doctrine taught in the Bible is summarized well in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
The PCA is a Presbyterian denomination in that we have a representative form of church government. A local church is governed by a “Session” comprised of elders (i.e., “presbyters”) elected by the members of the congregation. Pastors and representatives of local churches in a region form a “Presbytery.” Representatives of Presbyteries and local churches meet annually at a “General Assembly.”