State College Presbyterian Church is a member of The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Synod the Trinity, and The Presbytery . It is part of the strand of Christianity commonly known as the Reformed Tradition.
Our denomination has an online guide to the facts about the Presbyterian Church (USA) including a discussion of what we believe. It’s called Presbyterian 101
Sacraments ~ The early Church, following Jesus, took three primary material elements of life — water, bread, and wine — to become basic symbols for us to offer our lives to God as Jesus had offered his life. Being washed with the water of Baptism, Christians received new life in Christ and presented their bodies to be living sacrifices to God. Eating bread and drinking wine they received the sustaining presence of Christ, remembered God’s covenant promise, and pledged their obedience anew.
Baptism ~ is the sign and seal of becoming part of the body of Christ/family of God for mission to world through the Holy Spirit. We baptize both children and adults through the sprinkling of water. In baptizing children we believe that even before we can love God, God is loving us. We, as a community promise to help a child both know and love God. We pray that the children we grow up and become a full participant in the life of the congregation, often through confirmation.
The Lord’s Supper or Communion ~ The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. In his last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples the bread and wine, speaking of them as his body and blood, signs of the new covenant. In breaking bread and sharing a cup we remember his death and look forward to the time when Christ will reign.
Confirmation ~ When you were little, someone answered for you, confirmation is the time to answer for yourself about what you believe, how you will treat others, and how you think the church should be speaking to the world. Confirmation calls young people (in our church the Confirmation Class is open to those youth in grades 9-12 ) to make public their personal profession of faith and their acceptance of responsibility in the life of the church. The act of confirmation in our church is more about being well informed enough in our faith to make your own decision about what you believe and how you will minister within the church.