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:

Sunday, October 29th, will be a special day here at Smithfield. 2017 is the 275th anniversary of the founding of the Smithfield Church, and we will celebrate with special music, and a luncheon following the service. As it  happens, it is also the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which we will also celebrate. 500 years ago today, Martin  Luther was busy writing his 95 theses which he sent, enclosed with a letter, to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop  of Mainz, on 31st October 1517, a date now considered the start of the Reformation and commemorated annually as Reformation Day. Luther may have also posted the theses on the door of All Saints ' Church  and other churches  in Wittenberg in accordance with a custom of the University of Wittenberg. He would have chosen October 31st as the day before the churches would be filled on November 1st - All  Saints'  Day, Europe' s Memorial Day. Poet Laureate, Kevin  McEneaney, will read a commemorative poem he has written for the occasion at the luncheon.

Dear Friends,

Here is an update on my Mom: she will be in Wagner, room 24, for at least another week due to her inability to use her left arm to stand and walk. She is doing well with daily therapy for walking. 

She would love visitors, if you are in the neighborhood, to help her pass the time. She misses raw fruit & vegetables in her diet--some favorite food gifts are cherry tomatoes and cut up melon. Feel free to wheel her outside for a "walk". 

I will not be coming up again until next Friday so visits or phone calls are encouraged--

Dad is doing OK on his own and tries to walk to her room every day.

Many thanks for thinking of us!



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.

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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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