Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you have Sunday School for children? Yes, we have Sunday School for all ages from 2 to adult.  Sunday School meets after the morning worship service from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.  See the Sunday School page or ask a greeter on Sunday morning for more information.
  2. What should I wear? Our folks dress in a variety of attire.  Whether you like to dress up in a suit or just be casual, you will fit right in.
  3. Should I arrive early, on time, or a little late? We usually start nearly on time, but if you want your choice of seating then arrive 5-10 minutes early.  But don’t worry if you’re late.  There will be ushers prepared to find you seating.
  4. Why did you name the church Heritage? The name “Heritage” recognizes that we are covenantly connected to all the saints that have gone before us.  Not just the famous ones from the Reformation era of church history, but all the saints from ancient times–from the Old Testament, to the New Testament, to the present.  The church is God’s family throughout the ages.  The name “Heritage” reminds us of our inheritance in Christ and our connection to his body: the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
  5. What are the demographics of your church? We are a multi-generational congregation.  Members and regular attenders view Heritage as their spiritual family.  There are usually about 160 people worshiping together on any given Sunday.  Ages range from baby to great-grandparent.  Ethnically we are majority Anglo, but we rejoice that the ethnic minorities in our congregation reflect the multi-ethnic nature of Christ’s church.
  6. What is your worship style? We lean in the traditional direction, although we sing a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary hymns/praise songs.  Our singing is accompanied by musical instrumentation (piano, guitar, string and wind instruments, and sometimes percussion).  Our aim is to use a blend of music styles that aid in congregational singing.  It’s not a show to be passively watched, it’s a corporate gathering of active engaging worship.
  7. What about the preaching style? Sermon are expositional and exegetically prepared.  We try to balance the sermons by preaching through entire books of the Bible and occasional topical series.  Every sermon is an exposition of a particular Scriptural passage (narrative unit) that includes explanation, illustration and application for today’s hearer.
  8. Are there sister congregations in the area? Our sister congregation is Gainesville Presbyterian Church.  For other congregations in our local family of churches, see the Potomac Presbytery Church Directory.
  9. How will I know the service is canceled due to inclement weather? The HPC homepage will likely be updated with an inclement weather message.  You may also call the church office at 540-347-4627 for a recorded message on inclement weather announcements.
  10. What do children do during the worship service? Do you offer children’s church? We encourage parents to fully include their children in the worship service.  Children 3 and younger are eligible for nursery check-in any time during the service.
  11. What do I need to know about the nursery? A young child nursery is available for kids 0-3 years old.  There is also a quiet separate room for nursing mothers with a crib for babies.  For information on the nursery policy, visit the Nursery page.
  12. How often do you serve communion? We offer communion (bread and grape juice) nearly every week .  Because the communion table is the table of the Lord and not exclusive to HPC, all who are presently in good standing at any evangelical church are welcome to participate.
  13. Why do you baptize babies?  As an evangelical church that stands in the Reformed tradition, many visitors are often surprised that we practice what is commonly called “infant baptism” (paedobaptism).  This is a practice that we believe is rooted in the covenantal relationship that God establishes with his people in both the Old and New Testaments.  We do not believe the water conferred on infants (or adults) in baptism effectually saves anyone.  Rather the sacrament of baptism is a holy sign and seal of the grace of God given through Christ to his people who confess faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation from sin and death.  We believe the Bible clearly teaches the promises symbolized in baptism are for believing families.  In short, baptism is the mark of entrance into God’s covenant family, and this mark is properly given to believers and their children.

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