What are the services like?
During most of the year, we have a traditional service as well as a contemporary service. The traditional service is held in the sanctuary and starts at 11:00 am on Sundays. We sing traditional hymns from our pew hymnal accompanied by our pipe organ and choir. We make our confessions in a unison prayer followed by a silent prayer. There is a short children’s sermon where all the younger members meet at the steps of the chancel. The younger ones may then leave the sanctuary and go to the nursery or children’s care or they may stay with their family. We have readings from the Old and New Testaments, a sermon offered by our minister, and a collection of tithes and offerings. The weekly bulletin reminds our congregation when to stand (denoted by *). A friendship pad is signed each week by our members. If you are a visitor, please sign your name and note that you are a visitor. It helps our members to reach out to you and help you get to know our church home.
The contemporary service is held is Ellis Fellowship Hall and starts at 8:30am on Sundays. Our praise team consists of guitarists, piano and singers who lead us in contemporary songs of worship. Our minister also offers a sermon with Old and New Testament Bible readings.
What do I wear?
In the traditional service, 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 plans and leads worship one Sunday in the spring. Other youth activities include 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. We took mission teams to Panajachel, Guatemala in 2017 and Bani, Dominican Republic in 2014.
*New for 2017-2018*–We are pleased to welcome Sydney Davis, part-time Youth Director, who will work with the youth and their volunteer leaders. We look forward to seeing how God will use Sydney in our youth ministry!
What is your minister like?
Our pastor, Dr. Luke Harkey, preaches regularly at both morning worship services. Luke also leads new member orientation in the fall and spring, and a weekly Tuesday morning Bible study. He is actively involved in working with children, youth, and adults, as well as working with our church staff and church officers. He welcomes your questions or suggestions, and covets your prayers as we seek to serve Christ together. Luke 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! We practice on Wednesday nights at 7:10pm in the choir room located in the basement.
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.
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.