The Smithfield Church

The Smithfield Church

  [The Presbyterian Church USA]

656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia, New York, 12501 

Services on Sundays at 10:00 am 


Coming up and News:

Please note that we have a new page on the website. It is entitled "Our Missionaries" and gives information about the work of  Luis & Julie AƱil  


The Ham and Strawberry Supper

The Ham and Strawberry Supper scheduled for 
June 18th, 2016, has been cancelled due to the extensive ongoing construction work in the Community Room.  We look forward to having our annual Turkey Supper in November, and resuming our regular annual Ham and Strawberry supper in June, 2017.

Poughkeepsie Journal Article on the Church:

Poughkeepsie Journal 5182016.pdf


Open house Smithfield Church Poster.jpg

Please click on the above link to see information concerning the upcoming Open House.

Jerry Kemmerer, who has been one of the organists at Smithfield for a number of years, has announced that he will be retiring from the post in May. He submitted his resignation to Denise and part of his letter is excerpted below:

"It has been an honor to serve you as organist over the past several years. I have developed many friendships which have truly been a blessing. My relationship to the congregants of Smithfield Presbyterian Church has meant the world to me. It has been exciting to watch God grow this church as well as witness the growth in excellence of the choir and the caliber of the music program over the past few years.

About 6 months ago, I began to feel the tug in my heart that it was time to leave my position as organist. This past week, on Wed, April 20th, this tugging was confirmed as I was elected to the board of my home church "Faith Assembly" in Poughkeepsie. I have been a member of this church for the past 32 years. This is a truly unique and special opportunity for me to serve on the board of a large, multi-ethnic congregation."

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 jamesggmarshall@gmail.com (845.516.4318). 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.



Upcoming events

22 May 2016 (EDT) • The Smithfield Church

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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