What To Expect


We invite you to come and worship with us at Upper Octorara. Here is some information to help you know what to expect.

Our worship services usually last between an hour and an hour and ten minutes. The 9:30 a.m. service is more contemporary, with a worship team (keyboards, guitars, drums, worship songs) and the sermon given from a lectern on floor level. The 11:00 a.m. service is more traditional (hymns, organ and piano, and the Adult Choir, which sings September through May), and the sermon is given from the pulpit. Members and friends of the church present special music throughout the year. A children’s message is given at both services. Activity boxes are available for children who will be in the sanctuary during the worship services.

Communion is usually served on the first Sunday of each month. We use gluten-free bread and grape juice. During both of our services, people come forward to receive communion. If you are unable to come forward, you can be served by one of our Elders at your pew.

Sunday School classes for all ages meet September through May at 9:45 a.m. After a time of worship and a message for the children, students are dismissed from the 9:30 service to go to class. A class for adults is also offered during the 11:00 a.m. service.

During the summer months, we have a time of fellowship and refreshments in the narthex between the two worship services.

We do not have a dress code. Some people come in suits, while others prefer more casual attire. All are welcome.

When you come to Upper Octorara, please enter through one of the doors at the main entrance (where the columns are). A ramp and automatic door are available. Greeters inside will welcome you and be glad to help you find where you need to go. If they are occupied, please ask anyone. We are a friendly church family and will be happy to meet you and be of assistance.

Note: Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church is a peanut-free environment.