What to Expect / FAQ

We put this together to help give you an idea of what to expect at our Worship Service and Bible Studies. It’s set up as a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for ease of finding information.

When and Where Does Manhattan Presbyterian Church Meet? 
Is there something for Children during Worship?
Do You Have Adult or Children’s Sunday School?
What Should I Wear to Worship?
What Is The Worship Like?
Why Do Y’all Wear Robes?
What Is The Lord’s Supper Like?
What Is The Passing of Peace?
What do we believe?
What other times does Manhattan Pres meet during the week?
Where Does MPC Meet For Parish Groups (Small Groups)?
What is a Parish Group Like?
Is there something for Children During Parish Groups (Small Groups)?
Is There Something For Children During Men’s Book Study?
What are the long term plans for MPC?
What is a Presbyterian?
What denomination are you a part of?
How do I become a member?
How do I sign up for the Weekly Email list?
Other Questions

 

When and Where Does Manhattan Presbyterian Church Meet? 

We gather every Sunday for Worship at 9am at 115 Courthouse Plaza in Manhattan, Kansas. (First Christian Church Building at 5th & Humboldt).

It is the First Christian Church Building, but you’ll see our signs out front so you know you found the right place. Christians have been gathering for worship here since late 1800s. We are very grateful to be allowed to meet here for worship.

The restrooms and nursery are located in the main hall you walk in at and basement.

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Is there something for Children during Worship?

There is nursery provided at our Worship services. It is off the hall to the right when you first walk in the building with toys and leaders who will care for your children. Children 4 and under are welcome in the nursery, but also always welcome in the service as well. For older children, we provide a children’s bulletin, crayons and a pen to help them learn to listen and take notes during the sermon.

 

Do You Have Adult or Children’s Sunday School?

We do not. We value Christian Education and while Sunday School in the future is not entirely ruled out, we believe education can be better accomplished with studies on various books of the Bible and topics of interest in other settings during the week.

This allows us to have more flexibility in teaching, not being limited by a set time length or weeks needed to study any given topic. Our goal is that these times will serve to increase knowledge and also application to our actual lives as we discuss together. We envision studying books of the Bible and also topics (such as parenting, families, worship, etc).

Right now we have separate Men’s and Women’s studies during the week, but we will keep this site updated as they change.

Our Sundays are reserved for corporate worship and sabbath rest. This is also a great day to share meals together.

We do have children’s Sunday School. It runs 8 weeks in the Fall and 8 weeks in the Spring.

 

What Should I Wear to Worship?

I think you’ll be comfortable in just about anything. However, if you’re really asking “what do most people wear?” the answer is jeans and a nice shirt. But you’ll also see skirts, dresses, khakis, bow ties, polos, t-shirts, tank tops, flip flops, etc…it’s all great with us!

 

 

What Is The Worship Like? 

Our desire is that our worship shows “reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28) while avoiding rote formalism. We wish to be casual enough that we can explain aspects of the service as we go, yet always showing proper honor to God who is worthy of the worship we bring. Below are a few more details about our service.

Liturgy – Liturgy is just a big word referring to the order of what we do in worship. When I visit a church I tend to be a nervous that I’m going to be lost and not know what to do. Really, don’t worry about that. We will give you a bulletin that walks you through the entire worship service telling you not only what we do, but why we do it as well. The words are provided for anything we recite as a congregation.

On paper it looks more formal than it is in reality. Yes we value reverence, but like I said before we are not about stuffy formality. We are a community of sinners who are gathering to Worship our God who has graciously loved us. You can see an example of a past bulletin/liturgy here. (Or look at the most recent sermon page for a more recent one)

Our pastor preaches expositional sermons from the Bible (that means verse-by-verse through a book), so if you have a Bible bring it, but we also have bible you can use in the pews.

We sing hymns and other spiritual songs using a variety of instruments including piano, acoustic guitar, viola and violin. We wish to incorporate whatever musical gifts God provides our congregation as people serve to accompany this covenant community in worship to God. If you are interested in using your musical gifts please let us know.

 

 

Why Do Y’all Wear Robes?

Our pastors and elders wear robes during the service. This has been a tradition of the church for many centuries. It helps connect us to our past heritage.

If you’re not used to robes, they will seem weird at first, it might even be distracting to you. However, if you give it a chance, after a few times you’ll find it serves to keep you from being distracted by our terrible fashion sense and helps you stay focused on worshipping God.

The robe also helps emphasize the office of the pastor and de-emphasize the personality of the men in the pulpit.

 

 

What Is The Lord’s Supper Like?

We practice the Lord’s Supper weekly because it is an important sacrament Jesus gave for the church. If you would like to learn more about it you can listen to an MPC sermon on the Lord’s Supper here.

All who trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sin are welcome to partake in the Lord’s Supper, regardless of whether you are a member or not.

We come to the front to as a group around the table, but you can stay in your seat and no will even notice.  We’ll walk you through every step though so no fear that you’ll be doing the wrong thing.

The bread is homemade and fresh. It is by far the best tasting bread I’ve ever had at the Lord’s Supper so grab a big piece or you’ll regret it. 🙂

We have both grape juice and wine, feel free to participate with either.  We offer wine because that is what the Scriptures tell us Jesus used, and we offer grape juice because many today abstain from alcohol as an issue of conscience, we want to respect that.

We offer both because one aspect of the meal is unity and we do not wish for the element of wine or grape juice to be cause for divisions among the people of God. Whatever the choice, may we drink by faith in the One who poured out His blood so that we can stand holy and pure before God

Here is a photo of it.

 

 

What Is The Passing of Peace?

The first time I visited a church that had “the passing of the peace” I was nervous, because I had no idea what it meant. It is nothing scary, just basically it’s like a greeting time. After having confessed our sin to God and having listened to a text of Scripture that assures us that our sins are forgiven in Jesus we now are now also at peace with one another. So we “pass the peace.” You can greet your neighbor with the traditional greeting of, “Peace of Christ to you” or you can just say good morning and introduce yourself, you won’t be “doing it wrong” either way so don’t fret.

 

 

What do we believe?

Simply put, we believe that forgiveness of sin is found through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Our beliefs are laid out much better in our Doctrinal Statement which is the Westminster Confession of Faith. The Westminster Shorter Catechism is also helpful for learning what we believe in short question and answer form.

You can also learn more about Manhattan Pres specifically by reading about our Distinctives and our Core Values.

 

 

What other times does Manhattan Pres meet during the week?

We have two small groups that meet in homes during the week.

We also have studies going on during the week.

Men: Meets Saturday mornings, but check out the schedule on our Men’s Book Study page to know which ones.

Women: Fall 2016 plans will be announced soon!

Please look at the Calendar page to be sure of when things are happening.

 

Where Does MPC Meet For Parish Groups (Small Groups)? 

We currently have two Parish Groups that meet during the school year and take breaks from formal meetings in the summers, you can attend either one or ask us and we’ll help you decide.

1. The North Manhattan Parish (Noma) is lead by Elder Travis Shanahan and meets two Sundays a month in their home at 4407 Harbour Hill Dr., Manhattan, KS 66503.

2. The South Manhattan Parish (Soma) is lead by Elder Brian Hough and Tim Durrett and meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the Durrett’s home at 2505 Sumac Dr. Manhattan, KS 66502.

 

Check the calendar page to double check the location and meeting plans.

 

 

What is a Parish Group Like? 

The group is very welcoming and there is a potluck meal before or after the Bible Study. Coming to something like this would have made me nervous in the past, but it really is less scary than it sounds.

All ages are invited and welcome. Both groups have children of various ages and someone takes care of them during the study. However, your children are always welcome to stay with you as well.

We socialize a little as people arrive, but we strive to begin semi-promptly. At that time, the children head downstairs and the adults gather in the living room to read through Scripture and discuss it. You are welcome to participate, but you won’t be called on so you can just listen if you wish. We pray afterwards, but again, you won’t be called upon to pray. Afterwards we grab food in the kitchen, eat and talk. No need for you to bring anything, just show up.

 

 

 

Is there something for Children During Parish Groups (Small Groups)?

Sometimes. In the past children of all ages are taught just down the stairs from where we meet. We’ve been working through a curriculum that works through the Jesus Storybook Bible. Right now each Parish Groups determines what their plan will be.

 

 

Is There Something For Children During Men’s Book Study? 

We meet at coffee shops so we don’t have any children at this. However, part of the reason we meet so early (8:30am) is so fathers can be back with their families before the day has starting moving too much.

 

What are the long term plans for MPC?

We were sent out by our Presbytery (which is all of the Kansas churches in our denomination, the PCA) in the fall of 2013. So we are still very early in the process and don’t know what God has for our future yet.

God-willing we will particularize soon (drop the “plant” from “church plant”). Our major plan though is to faithfully worship God and be active in the great commission in this city he has gathered us in.

 

 

What is a Presbyterian?

Simply put, the title Presbyterian refers to the way in which we do church government. In the book of Acts Paul would train “elders” to lead the new churches that were formed.  The Greek word for elder is “presbuteros.” These men were to be responsible for the spiritual growth of those involved in their churches. We simply seek to do the same.

Our pastor is part of a Session (group of elders), this diversifies leadership across all equally and keeps leadership in proper accountability. We currently have a Session made up of elders from other congregations who have given their time and pray for us regularly. At some point, God willing, we will have a local session that replaces the temporary session.

 

What denomination are you a part of?

We are a part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA is a relatively young denomination formed in 1973 in response to growing liberalism in the PCUSA (mainline). The PCA is committed to the infallibility and authority of the Bible and the primacy of the Great Commission, with our roots in the truths of the Reformation.

 

 

How do I become a member?

To become a member, fill out this Membership Form and turn it into Brian or Travis. After that we’ll arrange a time to  meet with you to explain the vision of  MPC and expectations. If you have any questions about it before hand please contact Brian (info at bottom of page) or read more on our membership page.

 

 

How do I sign up for the Weekly Email list?

Great question and I’m glad I asked it for you. If you’d like to stay up to date on what’s going on you can sign up for the MPC Weekly Update here. You can always unsubscribe later if you change your mind. 

 

 

Other Questions

If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to call or email or text or come over to my house. I’d love to answer anything at all and nothing is going to offend me. I didn’t grow up a Christian and was not a Presbyterian when I first became a Christian so I’ve asked my massive share of questions to others along the way who were more than gracious with me; I’d love the opportunity to do the same for you.

Pastor Brian Hough
2300 Chris Dr.
Manhattan, KS 66502
913-439-9319
brian@manhattanpres.com