About Us

Located in the college town of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, a near suburb of Philadelphia, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (SPC) has been an integral part of the community since the town’s earliest days. Throughout the church’s 120 years, the congregation has been blessed with bold vision for mission and ministry, responsible leadership, and a quickness to serve the community. We all come from different backgrounds, bringing different gifts. We are called to be Christ’s body, here and now, ready to serve.

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Philadelphia Presbytery.

Called to be missional and relational in all that we do

We believe in being missional. Christ gave the church its mission: to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth and to work for the kingdom of God. This “missional” orientation makes a difference in everything we do, in our choices about how we spend our time, our money, our space, and our efforts.

We also believe in being relational. We deeply believe that building relationships is the way the Spirit works. Moving from heart to heart and hand to hand, the Spirit generates new ideas, abundant resources, and invaluable relationships. With our neighbors and mission partners, we can add to each other’s strengths for the good of God’s kingdom.

Our relationships are local and global. They are long established and newly formed. They are interreligious and ecumenical. They begin in conversation and take shape in cooperation.

Our relationships include:

  • Interfaith Council of Southern Delaware County: The Interfaith Council for Southern Delaware County provides a forum for interfaith dialogue on matters of mutual concern. Their mission is to cultivate relationships of trust and solidarity among religious leaders in order to enable a public witness that draws upon our deepest religious values.
  • Partners in Ministry: (http://www.swarthmore.edu/interfaith-center/campus-religious-groups) Partners in Ministry (PIM) is a local consortium of churches that supports the Protestant Ministry of Swarthmore College, which is right in SPC’s backyard. The Rev. Joyce Tompkins, who serves as Religious Advisor, provides spiritual counseling to students and coordinates a program of worship and activities.
  • Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia: (https://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/) The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia advances mutual trust, understanding, and cooperation among faith communities in order to work together for the common good of the region.
  • Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia: This council was formed in 2006 to unite religious leaders, to build relationships of mutual support, to offer a moral and spiritual voice, and to take action on issues of critical concern in our region.
  • Fellowship of Urban Suburban Exchange (FUSE): (http://www.fusedelco.com/) Intentionally interfaith and cross-cultural, FUSE has as its mission to enable building relationships across our neighboring communities.

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Week-at-a-Glance

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February 18, 2018
  • Early Worship (Loeffler Chapel)

    February 18, 2018 / 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    In this 45-minute service, those worshiping engage with scripture through faithful discussion in lieu of a sermon.

  • Child Care (Nursery - McCahan 224)

    February 18, 2018 / 8:45 am - 11:45 am

    Infants and toddlers are well cared for in this sunny corner room in the Children's Education wing. Parents should try to arrive early enough to let their child get comfortable and to complete a registration form if they have not already done so. They should also bring their own diaper bag, clearly labeled with the child's name and stocked with whatever might be needed. Thank you!

  • Bear Hugs Ministry (Fellowship Hall)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    New and gently used teddy bears and other small cuddly stuffed animals are collected for distribution by local authorities to children that have witnessed domestic trauma or violence.

  • Gather & Sing! (McCahan 220 & 225)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:00 am - 9:20 am

    Sunday mornings begin with music! Children age 4-5th grade are invited to “gather and sing” at 9:00 a.m.to talk about the lessons of the day and what’s happening in worship. They learn the musical responses sung in worship and various songs and hymns that reinforce the lessons of the day.

  • Sunday School for Toddlers (McCahan 222)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:00 am - 11:15 am

    Toddlers (ages 2 & 3) gather for "Frolic: Little Steps, Big Faith.” Children engage in this delightful early learning curriculum that teaches them about God and the world around them. Class meets in the Orange Room (222).

  • Pre-confirmation (Youth Room)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Middle schoolers (grades 6-8) meet every Sunday in the Youth Room, where an entertaining but thoughtful team of leaders serve up donuts along with honest conversation around Christian values and a faith that is lived 7 days a week.

  • Adult Class: Celtic Christianity (Study)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    How is Celtic Christianity defined and how is it related to the Iona Community in the north of Scotland? Learn the answers to these questions and more in our interactive first class. The ideas presented will be those of John Philip Newell (who goes by Philip). Philip, the author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality and 14 other books, was the warden of Iona Abbey (1988-1992) in the Northern Hebrides of Scotland.
    Led by Mary Reindorp, who studied with Philip last summer during her stay at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

  • Sunday School for Pre-schoolers (McCahan 220)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:20 am - 10:20 am

    Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners retell the morning's Bible stories through games, play, and crafts. Class meets in the Purple room (McCahan 220). Parents are expected to pick up their children by 10:10 to head to worship.

  • Sunday School for Grades 1-2 (McCahan 225)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:20 am - 10:20 am

    1st & 2nd graders retell the morning's Bible stories through reading, games, crafts, and story-telling. Class meets in the Green room (McCahan 225). Parents are expected to pick up their children by 10:10 to head to worship.

  • Sunday School for Grades 3-5 (McCahan 226)

    February 18, 2018 / 9:20 am - 10:20 am

    3rd - 5th graders learn the morning's Bible stories through reading, re-enacting, games, crafts, and story-telling. Class meets in the Pink room (McCahan 226). Parents are expected to pick up their children by 10:10 to head to worship.

  • Worship in the Sanctuary (Sanctuary)

    February 18, 2018 / 10:15 am - 11:15 am

    This service embodies a classic worship tradition. Biblical and faithful preaching bring God’s Word to life. Musical leadership comes through the Chancel Choir and our pipe organ. Elders serve as liturgists and each of our choirs offer music on a regular basis.

  • Children's Activities (McCahan Hall)

    February 18, 2018 / 10:40 am - 11:15 am

    Children age 4 -12 are welcome to stay in worship with their families OR to head up to McCahan Hall following "A Time with Children" to enjoy enrichment activities in a one-room-schoolhouse setting.

  • Coffee & Fellowship (Fellowship Hall)

    February 18, 2018 / 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Parish Life serves up Equal Exchange coffee and hot tea and invites us all to be in community. Consider this an invitation to introduce yourself to someone you don't yet know!

  • Women's Lenten Retreat Signups (Fellowship Hall)

    February 18, 2018 / 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    On Saturday, March 3, our PW (Presbyterian Women) will be hosting a retreat for women of all ages around the theme "Sensing Our Way Through Lent." Rev. Joyce Shin, Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, and Director of Music Meghan Meloy Ness will lead this time together. Stop at the information table Sunday morning to learn more and tell us you will be coming!

  • World Mission Committee (Study)

    February 18, 2018 / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Monthly meeting of the World Mission Committee

February 19, 2018
  • Presidents' Day Holiday: church office closed

    February 19, 2018

    To reach any of our clergy or staff members for an urgent matter, please use the contact information in the church directory.

  • FUSE Conversation (Wallingford Presbyterian Church)

    February 19, 2018 / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 110 E Brookhaven Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086, USA

    One of our newer local mission partners is FUSE (Fellowship of Urban and Suburban Engagement).  FUSE continues to organize/ sponsor a series of gatherings titled “Courageous Conversation.”  February's gathering will take place at Wallingford Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome.  The evening will include a meal and guided conversation with diverse neighbors with a common goal of building bridges among the communities of Swarthmore, Wallingford, Chester, and the surrounding areas.

February 20, 2018
  • Stephen Ministry (Study)

    February 19, 2018 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

February 21, 2018
  • Outreach Committee (Baker)

    February 20, 2018 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Monthly Committee meeting: please note special time

  • Feasting on the Word (Study)

    February 21, 2018 / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    In this study, asimple “Lenten feast” of soup, bread and salad expands to a feast on the Word.The emphasis in this study will be on metaphorical and narrative approaches tothe Bible. Over 2000 years of interpretiveapproaches inform our Biblical work today as we journey together with criticalinsight, seeking meaning and purpose in life. The following writers will inform our study: Walter Brueggemann, CarolNewsome, Sally McFague, Marcus Borg, Walter Wink, Amy-Jill Levine, Amos Wilder,Everett Fox and Barbara Brown Taylor.  Led by Rev.s David Carter Florence, Joyce Shin, and Sarah Cooper Searight.

February 22, 2018
  • Parish Life Committee (Study)

    February 21, 2018 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Monthly committee meeting

  • Personnel Committee (Baker)

    February 21, 2018 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Monthly meeting of the Personnel Committee

  • Youth Choir (Loeffler Chapel)

    February 22, 2018 / 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

    Singers in grades 6 through 12 gather to rehearse weekly. Newcomers are always welcome!

February 23, 2018
  • AA (McCahan Hall)

    February 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Contact: Tom Fitzsimons (c) 610-304-0681
    email: tom.fitzsimons@gmail.com

February 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service - Ann F. Adams (Sanctuary)

    February 24, 2018 / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    A service of Witness to the Resurrection and celebration of the life of Ann Forsman Adams. All are welcome. Following the service, guests are invited to greet the family at a reception in Fellowship Hall.

  • Memorial Reception (Fellowship Hall)

    February 24, 2018 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Those attending the memorial service for Ann Adams are invited to greet the family and one another over some light refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the service.