Questions and Answers

What are Sunday services like?

The early service at 9 AM is an informal service with music led by the worship team (guitars, drums, keys, vocals).  While the tone is casual and friendly, the service includes Presbyterian elements of worship including confession, scripture reading and pastoral message. To find out more click on the link for Early Worship.

At the 11 AM service, we follow a standard Presbyterian order of worship with traditional hymns and a more formal liturgy. Music is played primarily on the organ and piano with the chancel choir singing.  To find out more click on the link for 11AM Worship.

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Who is your pastor at APC?

The Reverend Shannon Meacham is our Pastor and head of staff.  Pastor Shannon was called to Ashland in January 2012 after an extensive national search.   Her biography and statement of faith are available, along with information on our other staff, at ashlandpc.org/commitment/

Are there children at APC?

Yes!  We have active Sunday School and Youth programs with children of all ages.  The church leadership is family oriented – six of our staff and boardmembers have children or grandchildren under age two. Ashland has made a substantial commitment nurturing families in faith by providing staff to develop and manage programs for children, families and youth.

What do Presbyterians believe

Ashland is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Presbyterian tradition was born in the protestant reformation and follows a democratic style of church governance.

Here is the statement of faith embraced by the Presbyterian Church in 1983:

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in Jesus Christ, Fully human, fully God.

Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.

But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.

Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.

We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth.

Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage.

Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.

Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.

The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.

In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

You can explore Presbyterian theology at http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/101/ .

How can I participate in the Ashland community

Newcomers are welcome at Ashland activities.   You can:

  • Attend worship or our Christian education hour
  • Volunteer with one of our missions like Sarah’s Hope
  • Be a liturgist or usher during worship services
  • Because a helper with the youth group or children and families ministries
  • Sing or play an instrument with the choir or our worship team
  • Join a committee where your gifts and skills guide you like: worship, property, stewardship, fellowship
  • Become a Member! Membership classes are based on when people would like to join… etc.

Or fill in the blank! We recognize that everyone has gifts to share and we would love for you to share yours with us!

How can I support this ministry?

Pray without ceasing, most importantly. Consider how your time, talents or treasure may by used by God at Ashland.

If that prayer leads you to support APC monetarily or you would like to support one of our missions, please consider offering a one-time or ongoing financial gift.