The Smithfield Church

The Smithfield Church

  [The Presbyterian Church USA]

656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia, New York, 12501 

Services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. 

Coming up and News:

Music in the Parlor with tenor Eric Carey and pianist Bethany Pietroniro, both graduates of Bard College Graduate School. Eric Carey sings both opera and drawing room engagements. Eric was recently on the stage with Igor Stravinsky’s Pucinella and lead singer in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Pietronio has a CD that features Songs of Strauss and Ravel, as well as American composers Argento and Read.

The musicians will stay for a reception after the concert when refreshments will be served: cookies, tea, coffee, and cheese.

There is a suggested donation of $20. May 12th at 4 p.m.


The Ham and Strawberry Supper is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th.

The Millbrook Community Festival Chorus will present a Spring Concert of music by American composers, directed by Dan Koch, on May 6th at Lyall Memorial Federated Church. Rehearsals for this concert begin on Sunday, February 25th, 6:30-7:00 p.m. for the Children’s Choir (Grades 2-8), and 7:00-9:00 p.m. for High School and Adult singers. Singers may join this Community Chorus by attending the first rehearsal on February 25th at Lyall Church. Rehearsals will be held every Sunday evening (except Easter Sunday) until May 6th. For more information, please contact Dan Koch, or Helen Lomangino,

The Community Chorus has members from twelve or thirteen area churches, and perhaps some are from your congregation! Thank you for your help with recruiting singers from your church!

Smithfield Cook Book

Smithfield Presbyterian Church is pulling together a cookbook in celebration of our 275th anniversary. It will be a sequel to the previous cookbooks— the first published in 1915, and the second in 1976. We want to celebrate the recipes of yore while updating them for today’s home cook. We hope to have the new cookbook ready for holiday gift giving!

We hope you might have some favorite recipes to offer us. We are particularly interested if you have any recipes for the dishes below, which appeared in both cookbooks. That way we can show how food - and life - have changed during the past 100+ years. And if you have any family history with the church or remembrances and photos, we would love you to share them with us as well. 


Frenchified chicken (Chicken Bourgoise in 1915; Chicken Marengo in 1976)

Baked fish

Salmon pie

Macaroni (Macaroni with Cheese in 1915; Garden Macaroni, with tomatoes, green bell peppers, and Velveeta, in 1976)

Potato casserole

Corn pudding

Orange salad

Tomato aspic

Fruit cake

Sponge cake

Apple sauce cake

Drop sugar cookies

Ginger snaps

Sweet potato pudding

Rice pudding

Bread pudding

Rhubarb pie

Lemon meringue pie

Vassar fudge



Graham bread

Cream of tomato soup

Pickled beets

Chili sauce 

Tomato chutney/tomato marmalade 

It’s OK to scan and email me your recipe cards. If you are writing down the recipe, here are some tips:

  • List the ingredients in the order of use
  • Use exact measurements in cups, not ounces
  • Including any family background information/connection to the area and to Smithfield Presbyterian 

Recipes will be published as space permits. 

Thank you in advance for sharing your recipes and memories! Deadline for recipes is Nov. 17th.

Susan Bang



There is handicapped access to the sanctuary through the basement/meeting area and via the chairlift.

If weather or or other event necessitates the cancellation of a service the information will be posted here.

Experience an 18th-century church (1742), a 19th-century building, a 20th-century liturgy, and a 21st-century theology.

Please send items for posting on this site to James G. Marshall at (or to Cherry at 845-677-4039). Thank you.


The Smithfield Church occupies a Greek revival edifice, typical of its period and an especially good example of this architectural style.  The building has changed little since it was completed in 1843.  Electricity was added early in the 20th century, but otherwise it stands exactly as it was built--a Greek temple on a hill overlooking Smithfield Valley. We have an 1866 Steinway piano, 1866 being the first year that "Steinweg" called itself "Steinway", and we have an 1897 Tracker organ which you can read about by clicking on the Music Program icon.  In addition to worshiping God on every Sunday morning, we are also a center for music and the arts.  We nestle in one of the most beautiful parts of the Harlem Valley, and indeed that valley is among the most beautiful in the world. 

With our historic piano and extraordinary Tracker organ, we are a center of great music.  We invite artists from many persuasions, instrumentalists of wide-ranging talents, and superb vocalists to augment our worship of God.

Recent and Upcoming events

Our congregation is small, but growing, and we offer radical hospitality to all who might be interested in worshipping with us or joining our church family.  Under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge the church is experiencing a revival.

The Smithfield Church was founded in 1742.  The church is a member in good standing of the Presbytery of Hudson River, the Synod of the Northeast, and the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

Strictly Calvinist when it was founded, the church is now modern in its outlook and theology, while remaining faithful to the contemporary perspective of the founder of presbyterianism.  At Smithfield Church, you will find sermons of cutting-edge modernity, while emphasizing continuity with the Christian Church of antiquity.

We are, and understand ourselves to be, a unique Christian community in a setting of unparalleled beauty.




Freely you have received, freely give.  Matthew 10: 8

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