Worship style at Princeton is traditional with a twist. It is the usual Presbyterian style of worship, but often there is a contemporary hymn, a bit of drama, or congregational interaction thrown into the mix. Dress ranges from shirt and tie to shorts and flip-flops on the kids. Most people are somewhere in between - business casual. Wear what you are comfortable in. You will be welcome no matter what.
Children are welcome in worship. There are children's bulletins and worship folders available each week. Children through fifth grade usually stay for the first part of worship (through the Time with Children) and then leave for nursery or Sunday School. Loving and consistent nursery care is available every week for infants and toddlers. Ask an usher for directions to the nursery.
The Lord's Supper is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. All who trust in Jesus Christ are welcome at the table. It doesn't matter where you have been baptized or what your faith tradition has been. Christ welcomes you to share the sacrament. We alternate months between serving communion in the traditional Presbyterian style, where worshippers are served in the pews, and serving communion by intinction, where worshippers come forward to receive the bread and cup.
On the third Sunday of each month, we worship in the chapel, where the mood is more informal and intimate. We begin worship with a hymn sing on the third Sunday.
WHY IS IT CALLED PRINCETON?
Princeton Presbyterian Church was originally located in Philadelphia, in the area of 39th and Powellton. The congregation was founded in 1853. The land for the original building, which is no longer standing, was donated by Mrs. Samuel Miller. The Miller family was closely connected with Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. In fact, the chapel on the PTS campus is named after them. The session of the new church wanted to name it "Miller Memorial Presbyterian Church,"but Mrs. Miller demurred. Instead, they named the church Princeton in honor of the family's connection with the seminary.
In 1950, the congregation decided to sell their old building and build a new church in the suburbs. In 1953, the current building on Baltimore Pike in Springfield was dedicated. For the first several years, parishioners were bused from the city to the suburbs as the new church was started. Several pieces of furniture and some windows from the old church were installed in the new building. The old name was kept as well, so we remain Princeton Presbyterian Church.
In November, 2009, Princeton signed a Covenant for Shared Ministry with Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church in Rutledge. Practically speaking, this means that Princeton and Chambers share a pastor and a music director, as well as some shared programs and activities. They also have a joint choir. On a deeper level, it means the two congregations have made a commitment to be partners in faith and mission as they discover the mission to which Christ is calling them in the 21st century.