Welcome to Swarthmore Presbyterian Church

Since its founding in 1896, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church has been an enduring and dynamic presence in the Swarthmore community. We have been blessed with a legacy of stable pastoral leadership and a congregation that upholds both independent thinking and deep, abiding values. Here we equip ourselves to live faithfully and to share the gospel through service locally and globally. Our congregants are generous of heart and ready to serve. Won’t you come and take a closer look?

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› One Great Hour of Sharing

March 11 – March 25
Various Locations

One Great Hour of Sharing is a special offering that we give every year. It’s a wonderful way to teach our children about giving, even a little, to those in need around the world. Fish banks for collecting change and giving calendars to inspire our generosity will be available in the McCahan Hall hallway. You can decide what “one gift” looks like for your family – a penny, a dime, a dollar – and check in throughout the month on your giving calendar to find new reasons to give. This thought-provoking challenge is a wonderful learning experience for the whole family, and every penny counts! No gift is too small to make a difference.

One Great Hour of Sharing offering envelopes will be available beginning Sunday, March 11 in the sanctuary pews and outside of Loeffler Chapel. Offerings will be dedicated in worship on Palm Sunday, March 25.

Thank you for your donations!

› Sensing Our Way Through Lent: A Women’s Lenten Retreat

Saturday, March 3
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Led by Rev. Joyce Shin, Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, and Meghan Meloy Ness, along with other congregational women. Communion will be served.

Presbyterian Women invites SPC women and friends for a truly enriching and tranquil event. By exploring a sense of self, along with meditative movement, Bible studies, Tai Chi, and a walk through the Labyrinth, guests will explore all five senses towards a greater understanding of Jesus Christ’s compassion in this season of Lent.

Guests are Welcome! – Cost: $10.00/Person. Breakfast and lunch will be potluck; please bring a dish to share and wear something comfortable!

Register for “Sensing Our Way Through Lent” by following this Link: Sensing Our Way Through Lent: Sign Up Sheet or at the Church Office on Weekdays: (spcparish@swarthmorepes.org or 610-543-4712).

› Bear Hugs Ministry

February 12 – February 28
in Fellowship Hall

Teddy bears (new or gently used) are collected for distribution to children who have witnessed violence or domestic abuse. Please add yours to the collection on the window seats in Fellowship Hall any time between now and the end of February.

Thank you for your donations!

Devotional Booklets Now Available!

February 14 – March 29
Available at Various Church Locations and Online

Lenten Daily devotions, authored by SPC members, are now available in booklet form at various locations throughout the church and on the SPC website. They can also be emailed to you daily by request to Dorrie McGrath at spcparish@swarthmorepres.org.

Finding time for a daily discipline of engaging with the Word – with or without this tool – is a good place to begin one’s Lenten journey

Exciting Volunteer Opportunity!

Spring 2018

Be a Part of a New CCC Education Initiative! The Chester Children’s Chorus (CCC) includes 20 children who want to study math with smart and caring adults! Would you like to be a math coach and use an online math program to work one-on-one with a child this spring? Do you enjoy mathematical thinking and solving problems? If you are interested in fostering curiosity and critical thinking in motivated children, this is a perfect opportunity. No experience or exceptional math skills necessary.

For more information contact SPC member and CCC Board Member Grant Grissom: grantrgrissom@gmail.com; 610-565-6186. Click here to view the event flyer.

› Feasting on the Word

Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
in the Study

In this study, a simple “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 to the Bible. Reading of short Biblical and Theological texts will bring latitude and depth in our explorations.

As Presbyterians, reading the Bible is our starting point. It precedes the dialogue of theology and tradition. Furthermore, Biblical interpretation draws on all of our capacities – to make sense of God’s revelation in all forms, including experience, reason, and tradition. Over 2000 years of interpretive approaches inform our Biblical work today as we journey together with critical insight, seeking meaning and purpose in life.

The following writers will inform our study: Walter Brueggemann, Carol Newsome, Sally McFague, Marcus Borg, Walter Wink, Amy-Jill Levine, Amos Wilder, Everett Fox and Barbara Brown Taylor.

To sign up for “Feasting on the Word” follow this link: Feasting on the Word Sign Up Sheet

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