We gather in the name of Jesus Christ to worship God and by the power of the Holy Spirit do God’s work in the world.
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Learn more about our theology, our worship structure, and stance on social issues below.
Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin are still at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What these tenets mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
Our worship services are guided by the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, which lays out a four-stage order of worship: Gathering, The Word, The Eucharist, and Sending. This book is periodically updated by PC(USA), with the most recent edition published in 2018. Learn more about the elements of worship and modern interpretations of the order in this Presbyterian Mission Agency article.