Frequently Asked Questions


What time is your Sunday School and worship service?

Our Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. in the Education Building (the big building that doesn’t have a steeple) and we have worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Please see the "Worship" tab for more information on our services.

How long is your worship service?

Our service is about an hour long (give or take a few minutes). Afterwards, everyone is invited to the Fellowship Hall in the Education Building across the way for punch and snacks. Every quarter, we enjoy Sunday Brunch following our 11:15 a.m. service, a great opportunity for food and fellowship.

What should I wear?

People dress in all different styles at Second Church, from formal to casual. We believe that God cares far more about your heart than your fashion, so we encourage you to dress in a way that honors God and is comfortable for you. 

Where can I park?

Fortunately, we’ve been blessed with a good bit of space for a downtown church. Parking lots can be found behind the church at the corner of John St. and Elizabeth St. and in front of the church on Ashmead Place, as well as on-street parking to the side of the church on Charlotte Street. Metered parking is free on Sundays in Charleston. 

Do you have childcare?

Childcare is available for both Sunday School and our worship services. Aside from the nursery, young children can enjoy listening to Bible stories and singing songs in our children’s worship. Parents are asked to bring their kids to the adult service, where at the indicated time children in first grade and younger are escorted to the Education Building for children’s worship and structured activities.

Is there a morning youth program?

There is a youth Sunday School program at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room located in the Education building. During our 11:15 a.m. worship service, youth and parents worship and learn together in the sanctuary.

What is the worship like?

Worship at Second Church is built upon a rich classical tradition and the services are filled with beautiful organ and choral music and congregational hymns. We also have a wonderful handbell choir who perform about twice a month. Approximately four times a year, we welcome the CSO Spiritual Ensemble to join our service and they provide sounds to behold and celebrate. 

Do you serve communion?

We joyfully serve communion during both of our worship services on the 1st Sunday of each month. 

I’m from a (fill in the blank) denominational background. Is that OK?

Of course! Second Church’s congregation has members from Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, non-denominational and a host of other religious backgrounds. While we adhere to the democratic organizational structure of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are proud of our rich Reformed heritage, we believe that there is only one name by which God identifies us, and that is the name of Christ. We are Christians first!

Where can I find out more about the Presbyterian Church (USA)?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Presbyterian Church (USA), we encourage you to visit the denominational website at www.pcusa.org for more information.