Sunday School @ 9:00 A.M.
Morning Worship @ 10:00 A.M.
Evening Worship @ 6:00 P.M.

FAQ

Questions

GENERAL

Where is your church?

We’re on the west side of Orlando near Ocoee at 8200 Balboa Drive, Orlando FL 32818, just east of the West Oaks Mall. See Map/Contact page for specific directions from various areas.

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When are your Worship Services and Sunday School?

Sunday School classes are at 9 a.m. for two year olds up through adults, with nursery provided. Morning Worship for the whole family is at 10, Evening Worship at 6, both with nursery provided for infants through three year olds.

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What is your church like?

We are a medium-sized gathering of Christians of all ages and various cultural backgrounds. We see ourselves as a family with the privilege and responsibility to love and care for each other. We also eagerly welcome people who are not from Christian backgrounds. Visitors frequently tell us how very welcome they feel at Lake Sherwood . Come visit!

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What are your requirements for membership?

Membership classes are offered periodically to inform and prepare those interested in joining the church. To become a member at Lake Sherwood, a person must believe the Bible is the Word of God, make a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation, seek to live a godly life, and be willing to submit to the elders of the church. Members are not required to agree with every theological position held by Lake Sherwood , but they are expected to maintain a teachable spirit.

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Are you part of a denomination?

Yes, Lake Sherwood Church is part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), a growing conservative, Reformed, and evangelical denomination of over 300 churches. Click on the OPC Website for more info.

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Why is your church called “Orthodox” Presbyterian?

Orthodox means “straight teaching.” As orthodontists straighten teeth and orthopedists help straighten bones, so Orthodox Presbyterian Churches seek to teach the straight truth of Scripture. Historically, the OPC was formed when mainline Presbyterian churches were shifting away from Scripture in some of their doctrines. The OPC was formed to help us get back on track with Scripture. The summary of our beliefs is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Westminster Catechisms .

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WORSHIP SERVICES

What is your music like?

While incorporating some of the newer Christian music, Lake Sherwood’s style is best characterized as traditional. The majority of the songs we sing are hymns, but we also praise God with Psalms and spiritual songs from various generations. We like to expand our repertoire of new and old music. Occasionally, we have instrumental or vocal solos or ensembles. Our singing is accompanied by piano.

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What is your preaching like?

Our pastors faithfully seek to explain God’s Word so that together we might be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Some sermons are topical or theological, while most are expository. Our theology is Reformed, and our preaching is Christ-centered with a balanced biblical-historical perspective and a definite interest in application.

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How long are your services?

Generally our services last about an hour and fifteen minutes.

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Do you provide childcare during the service?

Yes, childcare is provided for infants through age three at all services. There is also a large viewing window in the rear of the Sanctuary where parents can sit with restless children.

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How often do you celebrate Communion?

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper usually on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Morning and Evening Worship.

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What is your view on baptism?

We believe that baptism is a sign of God’s covenant made with us. Those who are baptized receive the sign that they belong to God. Since God’s promises extend to families of believers, children of believers should also be baptized. See the OPC Website for further study on the subject.

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What translation of the Bible do you use?

Members of our congregation use a variety of translations, including the NIV, ESV, KJV, NKJV, and NASB. The translation from which our pastors preach is the English Standard Version (ESV).

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MINISTRIES

What programs do you have for children?

We have Sunday School classes for all ages.  During the Easter and Christmas seasons we sometimes have a Children’s Choir.

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What programs do you have for teenagers?

Twice a month on Wednesdays, 7 -9 pm, Lake Sherwood Youth Group meets for study, fellowship, prayer, singing, and encouragement in the faith. They also participate in service projects for various church families. Special events include retreats, Messy Game Night, beach trips, movie nights. Highlighting the year is our summer camp RYC .

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What programs do you have for adults?

Besides Morning and Evening Worship, there is an Adult Sunday School Class which covers a variety of theological topics and books of the Bible. During the week various Small Groups meet in homes at different times to encourage each other in faith through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.

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TEACHING

What does it mean that you are a “Reformed” church?

In saying that we are “Reformed,” we identify ourselves with the doctrines of the Protestant Reformation:

  • God authoritatively speaks to us only in the Bible
  • Salvation comes only through the grace of God in Jesus Christ
  • This salvation is received solely by faith
  • Everything that we do in life should be to the glory of God

The Westminster Confession of Faith is the classic doctrinal statement which summarizes the beliefs of our denomination.

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What is your view of the Bible?

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, completely authoritative and trustworthy in all it says:

  • It is sufficient—it contains all we need to know to be saved and live according to God’s will
  • It is relevant—providing all necessary direction for our lives
  • It is powerful—as we hear God’s Word, the Holy Spirit uses it to transform our lives

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What is your position on the ordination of women?

We believe that men and women are equal—equally loved by God and equally important to the Church. In addition, the Bible teaches that in marriage and in the Church, the leaders are to be men who provide loving oversight under God’s authority. (Genesis 1, Ephesians 5, I Corinthians 11, I Timothy 2:11-15) For this reason, only men should be ordained as pastors, elders, and deacons.

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