Welcome to Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church! If this is your first time at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church (SMPC), we want to give you a warm welcome. We hope that this can be a community where you experience the love of God. Sometimes when people visit a new church, it can feel a little overwhelming. In order to help you feel more comfortable about what to expect, here are a few frequently asked questions.
What is the worship service like?
We worship every Sunday at 10:00 am. The service usually ends around 11:00 to 11:15 am. When you arrive our greeters and ushers will welcome you, give you a worship bulletin and answer any questions you may have. We have a single worship service that incorporates many traditional elements with a blend of classic hymns and modern songs. A variety of music from piano, organ, choir, soloists, praise team, handbells, flute, guitar, and children are often a part of our worship experience. Words of scripture and song are displayed on a screen and sometimes images and videos are shown from the projector. The sermon is Christ-centered and connects the Bible with modern life. Communion is observed on the first Sunday of the month. (Communion is open to everyone who loves Jesus – no matter their age or background.)
What about children in worship?
We believe that the family of God consists of both children and adults. We understand that children can be squirmy and noisy and that is okay with us. The energy of children is a joy and we delight in their presence. Children’s bulletins and a clipboard with crayons of appropriate activities is available for children who remain in the service. If you prefer, there is a nursery available for infants to preschool. We also have a children’s sermon halfway through the service in which children are invited to come forward for a message at their level. After the children’s message, children K-4th grade are invited to go downstairs for Children’s Chapel.
What is Children’s Chapel?
Children’s Chapel combines elements of children’s worship and children’s Sunday school into one. It encourages the spiritual development of our children beyond just knowing about the stories of the Bible but also to encounter and give thanks to the God who loves them. Children’s Chapel begins immediately after the children’s sermon. However, on Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of the month) there will be no Children’s chapel, so that the whole family of God can be together for communion. Children’s Chapel is led by at least two volunteers who have passed background checks and have been trained to provide a loving and safe environment for the children in their care.
What do people wear to worship?
We welcome you just as you are. There is no dress code. Many people are dressed in business casual. But some dress up a little more and some go for the more casual look. What you wear really doesn’t matter. We want you to feel comfortable worshiping, so feel free to dress comfortably.
What happens after worship?
Everyone is invited into the fellowship hall for coffee and cookies. If you wish, this is a good opportunity to meet other people. Feel free to stay as long or as short as you want.