The Presbyterian Church in Grenada
The Presbyterian Church in Grenada like the Church of Scotland from which it originated, is a Protestant part of the Universal Church. It possesses the styles, traditions and beliefs referred to as “Reformed.” A key feature of the Reformed tradition is the church’s presbyterial form of government. The word “Presbyterian” (from the Greek for elder) means simply that the church is governed or regulated not by a hierarchy of individuals but by a system of “courts” or councils: session at the local congregational level, Presbytery at the denominational level, and General Assembly, the highest court of the church.
The Presbyterian Church has neither pope nor bishops but adheres to the faith of the Christian creeds and to the idea of a universal church based on them. If the church were to have a bishop, it would be the Presbytery rather than its moderator for the Church generally places authority of this nature in groups of people rather than in individuals. The church believes that the Bible is authoritative in matters of faith and practice and that the Bible must be read and understood with all our God-given rational faculties.
The Presbyterian Church in Grenada is a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches which is an ecumenical body of Reformed Christians with approximately 80 million members world-wide. It is also a member of the Caribbean and North American Council for Missions, a regional body with 14-member churches in the Caribbean and North America which collaborates with members churches and facilitates their doing of mission.
What is Important to Us
As Presbyterians, we believe in the triune God. In other words, God is one God, yet revealed in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is the written revelation of who God is. It is important to gather weekly for worship and to also regularly experience the sacraments of communion. Baptism is seen as a visible sign of God's promise to God's people.
The Presbyterian Church in Grenada has adopted the 1984 statement of Faith of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, referred to as "The Living Faith: A Statement of Christian Belief" as reflecting its own beliefs.
Who is a Presbyterian?
A Presbyterian could be a colleague at work. She could be the volunteer who teaches English. He could be the smiling face handing out blankets, or the quiet widower down the street. They could be that group sharing faith stories together and offering support. A Presbyterian could be anyone. What unites Presbyterians is their common faith in God, the way in which they worship and their ability to achieve extraordinary goals for the sake of others.
The word Presbyterian means elder. Elders are church members elected for Christian service by their congregations to represent them and to serve God and the church. There are two kinds of elders who participate in the government of the church: ruling elders are laypeople and teaching elders are ordained ministers.
Our churches use various styles of worship, but we are all focused on the authority of scripture and on being Christ-centred. Living Faith is a statement of Christian belief arising from the Grenadian Presbyterian experience.