About Woods Worship

 

We're excited that you’re here. At Woods Church you will discover a warm group of real people dedicated to following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Join us on Sundays for our current ONLINE ONLY worship at 9:30AM!
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Register for In-Person worship HERE!

 

 Stay connected with updates from our "Re-opening Task Force". Find out about our plans to resume in-person worship, HERE.

                During normal times, we have three services every Sunday.

  • Communion 8:00 a.m.  An early morning service with hymns, a sermon and time for silence and prayer. This service always includes the Lord's Supper (Eucharist) 
  • Traditional 9:30 a.m. Inter-generational and inspirational, this service is led by an outstanding choir with music on organ and piano with varying instruments and messages relevant to today's world.  Includes hymns and a children's moment. 
  • Contemporary 11:00 a.m. This casual service is lively, family-friendly and features our worship band leading us in contemporary songs of praise.
 

Our Pastors

Rev. Dr. Susan DeWyngaert

Senior Pastor / Head of Staff

 

Rev. Nancy Lincoln Reynolds

Associate Pastor
for Pastoral Care & Evangelism

Rev. Jacob Snowden

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation

Worship & Theology

Worship that realizes strength of preaching, variety of worship styles, inspiring music, weekly offering of communion, and extension beyond our sanctuary.
We are engaged by the Word of God proclaimed in worship through thought-provoking and illuminating sermons which address discipleship in the context of Scripture and the modern world, as well as by inspiring music, communal celebration of the sacraments, and creative use of liturgy. Our three distinct weekly worship services (Communion, Traditional, and Contemporary) recognize that we can worship the same God in a variety of meaningful ways, while our Home Communion ministry and Retirement Community Communion services proclaim that neither our worship nor our community is bound within the walls of our sanctuary.

Vision of Woods’ Ideal Future:
Members of the community are drawn to Woods because of their desire to experience meaningful worship and true fellowship. Worship is Christ-focused, from the music to the sermons to the sacraments. Members experience sermons that are powerful, inspirational, compelling, encouraging, and relevant. Members grow in their faith and deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and are better prepared to serve as his disciples in their local communities and the world at large. Members understand the value of a collective Christian worship experience and say that there is no substitute for regular worship experiences in their lives.

A welcoming spirit that affirms diversity of perspective and religious backgrounds in a “big tent” of engaged disciples.
We are engaged by people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives. Woods has consistently affirmed the value of being a “Big Tent”, that is a welcoming community inclusive of people from a variety of faith traditions and experiences. We are a Presbyterian Church (USA) church, and recognize that even within that denominational affiliation the theological spectrum is broad, and that embracing that breadth benefits the Body of Christ which is the Church. Participants in the life of the church are committed to showing respect for their brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of differing theological points of view. We know we can and need to learn from one another.

Vision of Woods’ Ideal Future: Woods is led by the Holy Spirit and each believer is indwelled by the Holy Spirit and grounded in Scripture. At Woods, people experience the joy and peace of the kingdom of God now. Woods is a community of diverse believers in Jesus Christ that values the variety of gifts given to different parts of the body in equipping members to contend for the faith and the works of God’s kingdom. The faith community at Woods attracts and welcomes both experienced seekers and the unchurched, wherever they are on their faith journey.

 

Q&A

Woods worshipers are engaged by the Word of God through powerful biblically based sermons that address the real-life issues of today’s complicated world. Three distinct worship services (8:00 am Communion, 9:30 am Traditional and 11:00 am Contemporary) offer a choice of worship styles, ranging from quiet prayer time, to exceptional choir and organ offerings with frequent instrumental and vocal soloists. Our talented praise team leads the third worship service, marked by today’s spirited and lively musical selections. 

Does Woods offer opportunities for personal growth?

A strong education and small-group ministry nurtures Woods members and friends in our understanding of twenty-first century faith issues, the Scriptures and the call to serve others. Guest speakers enhance our adult education program, and families of all ages can learn about God through musical productions based on biblical stories. Friendships grow through groups like Presbyterian Women of Woods, Men’s Bible Study and a variety of support groups at the Woods Counselling and Care Center.

How does Woods provide care for the church community and others?

A substantial number of Woods members contribute to the pastoral ministries of the church through deacons, Stephen Ministry, professional counselors and lay caregivers to ensure that people of all ages are supported in times of joy and challenge. We are committed to ensuring that people do not walk alone, but walk with Christ through the witness of our caring ministries.

Many Woods members are actively involved in mission and service to the local and world community. We work to offer immediate assistance, long-term development, love and encouragement to all, as well as to advocate for justice and peace. Our international mission work includes outreach to people living in Cuba, Guatemala and Malawi.

Is Woods a child/youth-friendly place?

Woods Church welcomes children into our church family in a variety of ways – including nursery care on Sunday mornings, fun-filled Sunday School programs, and a multi-faceted youth ministry that addresses the needs of our young people while engaging them in mission work on the local and global level.

What’s the backstory of Woods Church?

Originally known as the Severna Park Presbyterian Church, the congregation was organized in 1912 with eight original members and retired Baptist minister Frank C. Woods. After his death in 1943, the church was renamed in the first pastor’s honor. Currently there are more than 2,000 members and friends who are part of the Woods family.

What does it mean to be Presbyterian?

Presbyterian (taken from the New Testament biblical Greek word “presbuteros”) means governed by elders. Elders are men and women who are called by God, elected by the congregation and together with clergy govern the church and care for the congregation. Woods is part of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

What are some of the religious beliefs of Presbyterians?

Presbyterians believe in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and believe that through his saving acts, our sins are forgiven and we are granted the gift of life everlasting.