Frequently Asked Questions
When are the worship services?
9:30 AM all year, Summer included
Please see the “Special Worship Page” for exceptions to the regular schedule.
Each service lasts approximately one hour.
Childcare is provided every Sunday during worship
Does the church have an office?
Yes. Our regular office hours are 9AM-2PM Monday through Friday. Please feel free to stop by; we are always open for information, questions and tours of our historic Church.
What are worship services like?
Our Sunday morning services blend traditional and more contemporary elements to connect us with our past while remaining relevant in the present. We practice an open-minded faith that embraces spiritual growth and learning. Sermons are rooted in the biblical story while seeking to draw connections of meaning and guidance to our lives today. We regularly ask ourselves how scripture and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus compel us to confront and wrestle with contemporary challenges, such as racism, poverty and war. We also celebrate communion together once a month (see more below).
What is your Church Government Like?
The Session: The church board, called the Session, is comprised of the pastor and 16 elders. Elders are church members elected by the congregation and ordained for service. The session oversees the ministry and the programs of the church. It receives new members, provides for worship and sacraments and oversees pastoral care and education programs. It also establishes and monitors the church’s budget and leads the congregation to discover what God wants the church to be doing.
The Board of Deacons: Deacons are church members elected by the congregation and ordained for service. They provide outreach to the needy in our community and in-reach ministry of care and compassion to the congregation. They serve as ushers for worship and memorial services. They coordinate meals, rides, shopping and babysitting for those in need via Operation Care and Operation Ride. They visit shut-ins and administer benevolent funds.
Do children participate in worship?
All ages are woven into our worship life. On the first Sunday of every month, children begin Sunday mornings in their church school classes at 9:30AM and then join their families in worship for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. On all other Sundays, the children begin the morning in the sanctuary for the first 15 minutes of worship; after a special children’s message, they join their church school classes. Childcare is provided during worship for toddlers and preschool age children. Young people also serve as acolytes, liturgists, and musicians during worship.
In the summer, both Vacation Bible School and Summer Sunday School are offered. The SPC Youth Group, under the direction of the Director of Spiritual Formation and the youth leader team, meets weekly during the school year for worship, recreation, dinner and discussion.
We offer opportunities for our young adults to explore religious responsibilities through retreats, mission trips and projects, and confirmation classes.
In addition, SPC offers weekday preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.
I’ve never been to a church like Setauket Presbyterian Church. Will I know what’s going on?
We welcome all people of faith backgrounds, including none at all! When you visit for worship, pick up a copy of our Sunday Bulletin from a deacon and just follow along. If you would like a tour of the church before or after worship, please speak with a deacon, Pastor Kate or Pastor Ashley.
Can I participate in Communion?
We believe that God’s Communion table is open. Visitors and children are encouraged to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Please note that all shared Communion bread is gluten free, and all “wine” is unfermented grape juice.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code. Please come as you are and as you are comfortable. You’ll see people wearing everything from jeans to suits.
What kind of music will I hear in worship services?
The SPC Choir, led by Noby Ishida, performs an eclectic array of compositions from early music to contemporary works. This season, they will sing music by Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Handel, Fauré, Gjeilo, Palestrina, Copeland, Parker, Hogan, Hayes, The Gaithers, and many, many more! In addition, the Children’s Choir performs hymns and sacred songs once a month during worship and for special services and holidays. We also have an active and enthusiastic Handbell Ensemble that performs on a set of exquisite Schulmerich handbells.
Does Setauket Presbyterian Church welcome the LGBTQ community?
All are welcome at SPC. We recognize and grieve the hurt that has been done to many LGBTQ people by the larger church. SPC is a More Light Presbyterian Church and part of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians working toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.
Do I have to be a member?
No. You are welcome to participate in the life of the church whether or not you are a member. For those wishing to become members, we offer 2 one-hour “Exploring Membership” classes twice each year. These classes, led by our staff and church members, provide information about this church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
How large is the church?
About 430 individuals claim membership in this community of faith.
What Bible is used in worship?
In worship, we most often use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which is written in modern English and favors inclusive language.