Your First Visit

Visiting a new congregation can be daunting. We try to strike a balance between communicating clearly our sense of welcome, and giving you space to decide for yourself whether the church is a good fit for you.

Our Program Year Schedule

9:45 a.m.       Meditation Circle
9:45 a.m.       Education Hour for All Ages
11:00 a.m.    Worship

Our Summer Schedule

   (Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend)

9:00 a.m.       Meditation Circle
10:00 a.m.    Worship

The Education Hour resumes the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Read more about our Sunday morning activities, including the Meditation Circle, and education class locations.

Your Arrival

Brown Memorial does not have a parking lot but ample street parking is available surrounding the church and parking/shuttle service is provided to and from nearby Mt. Royal Elementary School. Get directions and more information about parking/shuttle service.

Greeters will hand those arriving for worship a bulletin that contains an order for worship with prayers, hymns and other ways to participate. Directions are also given by the worship leaders at the front.

For those in need of hearing assistance, we provide devices to amplify the spoken word. Inform a greeter, and they can easily hand you a device.

Restrooms are located just off the Assembly Room, accessible by the door to the left of the pulpit.

Our Worship Service

We typically celebrate the Lord’s Supper (also called the Eucharist, or communion) once per month. Communion is an open invitation to anyone who wishes to follow Christ, but participation is not required. Ordinarily, communion is by intinction, a fancy way to indicate participants come forward to dip a piece of bread in the cup. To make communion as inclusive as possible, we use grape juice and offer a gluten-free station.

A few things characterize a typical worship service at Brown:

  • Passing the Peace – Many churches do this, but we take time to come out of our pews and extend the peace.
  • Silence – Our lives are busy and we try to slow it down for this one time a week to rest in God’s grace. But please know that we welcome infants and children in worship, which means that we expect them to make noise.
  • Candle Lighting – We know it’s not typically Presbyterian, but once a month we light candles as a way of lifting up the prayers of the people to God.
  • Organ Postlude – It is odd to see so many people seated for an organ postlude, but it’s a pretty special organ and some like to sit for it. That doesn’t mean you have to. You will notice others who move about during this transition time.

Following worship, we hold a community potluck lunch in our Assembly Room on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. In the summers we do not hold the lunches, but we do congregate on the front steps after worship each Sunday to enjoy lemonade and cookies.

We look forward to welcoming you in worship.