A Typical Sunday Morning
Our congregation ranges from young to old. Our Sunday attendance is about 120 so there is a good chance you will be noticed. Dress tends toward business-casual, though you can find anything from shorts to gray suits, flip flops to heels. People are friendly, although we would encourage you to be bold and introduce yourself.
On Sunday morning at 9:00 AM, we come together for an hour for our Sunday School programs, in which we learn about God’s Word and its application to all areas of life. This Education hour has applicable teaching for every age group including adults.
After our morning discipleship class, we spend about 30 minutes enjoying coffee and snacks together before worship.
Wed, Prayer meeting 7:00 pm
Sun, Bible Ed 9:00-10:00 am
Coffee & Fellowship 10:00-10:25am
Sun, Worship 10:30 am
Sunday Youth Group 4:00 pm
Sun Growth Groups 6:00 pm
We begin our Sunday morning service at 10:30 AM. As we filter in, we sing songs to prepare our hearts for the service.
The music we sing at Poolesville seeks to be a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally-rich hymns dating back to the sixteenth century, and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first century. Most of us who are comfortable with one particular style have discovered, while at Poolesville, that we have come to enjoy other genres of music we had not previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging passivity in the rest.
BODY OF SERVICE
Our service is led most often by an elder or pastoral staff member. During this time, we sing several songs, offer prayers of praise, petition and confession to God, hear Scripture read and a sermon preached and give our offerings and tithes.
Preaching at PBC seeks to be relevant to today's issues, but still remains fully expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons are usually 40 minutes (although they have been known to go longer and once or twice shorter) and are packed with material for reflection. On a regular basis, our sermon series alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is gospel-driven.
We sing a hymn encapsulating the theme of the sermon as a response to the preached Word and then receive a benediction. A typical service is finished by Noon.