What are the services like?
Currently, services are at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary in person and available online through Facebook live and YouTube. For in person attendance, we ask that you wear your mask in consideration of your neighbor as a simple step we can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you do not have a mask, one can be provided for you.
In every service, you are invited to participate in the liturgy using the weekly bulletin. This includes the Call to Worship and a corporate confession of sin, followed by assurance of our pardon before God. Hymns and worship music are typically drawn from the pew hymnal and accompanied by pipe organ or piano, and often the choir. in a confession of sin and assurance of pardon.
Services typically include a short children’s sermon where all the children meet at the steps of the chancel. The younger ones may then leave the sanctuary and go to the nursery, children’s care or they may stay with their family.
You can expect readings drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary‘s suggested Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament Letters, and Gospels. The sermon is based on these scriptures. In addition, you will have the opportunity to profess the historic faith of the church, commit your resources to the ministry of the church through tithes and offerings, and periodically share in the Sacrament of Communion.
In every pew is a friendship pad, which we ask all in attendance to sign. If you are a first time guest, you have a gift waiting for you in the back of the church. Be sure also to sign your name in the pad and let us know how we can reach out to you and get to know you so you know you are welcome.
Prior to the pandemic and ideally again soon, the church has had two services from September to June, moving the traditional service back to 11 am and hosting a contemporary service in the Ellis Fellowship Hall at 8:30am. In this service you will find more contemporary music performed with guitars, piano and singers, along with scripture, a sermon and key elements of worship.
What do I wear?
Come as you are. In the traditional service, you may find that office casual is appropriate. The contemporary service is casual attire.
Do you have youth activities?
Our Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) youth groups meet most weekends, typically on Sunday evenings for a meal and program. Adult volunteers strive to plan activities which correlate with our congregation’s mission statement (Growing -Praising – Serving) while allowing the teens to build healthy relationships with others in the group. Each group has in the past planned and led worship one Sunday in the spring.
Other youth activities have included hosting a fall festival and an Easter egg hunt for SPC’s little ones, movie night, scavenger hunts, riding the Virginia Creeper Trail, lock-ins, Super Bowl and Christmas parties, stuffing and mailing exam care packs to our college students, and hosting our annual cookout and dessert auction fundraiser to benefit the Youth Mission Fund. Mission teams from Shelby Presbyterian went to Panajachel, Guatemala in 2017 and Bani, Dominican Republic in 2014.
*New for 2021*–We are pleased to welcome Carol Ann Hoard, Director of Christian Education and Youth Programs, who leads the youth, facilitates adult programs, coordinates volunteers and assists in pastoral duties, including preaching on Sundays.
What is your minister like?
Pastor Drew Mangione discerned his call to be a pastor after a successful career in communication, working in journalism, government, and nonprofit development, all in New York State. His journey to the pulpit of a Presbyterian pulpit has included lay ministry in several other traditions, including in Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal and Nazarene churches. His wife Claire is a Western North Carolina native with a background in journalism, education and civic engagement. They have two young children.
You can expect Drew’s sermons to be grounded in scripture with a love for Greek, Hebrew and the historic faith of the church. He works to communicate scripture as the story of creation and redemption through the person and work of Jesus Christ, God’s Word made flesh, who reveals the full identity of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Drew loves to proclaim the Good News or Gospel that ‘God is with us,’ having shared in our humanity in Jesus to redeem us by the cross for the Spirit to live in and among us as we share in God’s ministry of reconciliation through our life now and eternally when heaven and earth are renewed as one.
Drew is the church’s lead pastor and teacher, overseeing pastoral care for individuals and equipping members to be knowledgeable, faithful, and active in the church. He leads new member classes and is active in all ministries for children, youth, and adults, as well as working with our church staff and church officers. He welcomes your questions or suggestions, and desires your prayers as we seek to serve Christ together. Drew may be contacted by calling the church office at 704-487-8503 or by email.
Can I join the choir?
If you have a love for music, and like to sing, the Shelby Presbyterian Church Cancel Choir would love for you to join us!
SPC choir sings a variety of scripture based anthems, from classical to contemporary to gospel – we work hard, but have fun at the same time. This choir is very dedicated and loves to sing!
If you are interested, please call Amy Allen, SPC’s Director of Music, at (704) 472-2915 for more details.
Can I sleep during the sermon?
Only if you are over 99 years old and don’t snore. All kidding aside, if you are tired and fall asleep in your seat at church or while watching live online at home, at least you are seeking God’s presence among your fellow believers.
It’s better to try than miss out entirely. You never know what you will hear in the service or from your peers to remind you of God’s love for you that will help you share that love in the week ahead. If you skip altogether, you’ll miss that. Besides, you can always re-watch the sermon on Facebook or YouTube.
Where do I park?
There is parking available in the city lot at the corner of East Graham St. and Harris St. just to the right of our church. If you are attending the contemporary service, please use the side entrance of the church on Harris St. to reach Ellis Hall. If you are attending the traditional service you may use the side entrance or proceed along the sidewalk at the front of the church to our main entrance on Graham St.
There is also street parking on Graham Street, and DeKalb Street.
Additional parking is available across DeKalb Street at the El Acapulco Mexican Restaurant for those who plan to remain for lunch after services. Check out their Sopa de Pollo (Chicken Soup).
Do you have childcare on Sunday?
We provide nursery care for children < 5 years of age during both services. We encourage school age children to sit with their family. We have age appropriate books in the narthex for them to read or look at during the service and children’s bulletins for them to draw in and color.