Welcome to Swift Presbyterian Church's website. For information about the staff please go to Leadership. This is also the weekly newsletter with all the latest activities and events. Please feel free to browse around. Enjoy!
History of Swift|
Swift Presbyterian Church was built in the early 1900s. The old church is now a Historical Landmark. Swift Church has a congregation of 292 members. From the large groups of young adults to retirees, God has kept the historical family atmosphere and blended it with a fresh breath of life. The only thing that takes precedence over the warm loving relationships at Swift is the willingness to serve God and His will. All are welcome at Swift Church, just as all are welcomed into Christ. Please click on "History of Swift" for the interesting beginning of this growing church.
Early Service in the old chapel 8:00 am
Traditional Service in the new sanctuary 10:00 am
Maundy Thursday, April 2 7:00pm. This service will feature an Echo Scripture reading of the events of Holy Thursday as recorded in Mark 14. Todd Konair, Ellen Bergman and Phil Melton will be the readers. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. The handbell choir will play a haunting piece as we move into the darkness of crucifixion and death. We will strip the church of all ornamentation.
Good Friday, April 3, 7:00 pm. Again, this service will feature an Echo Scripture reading of the events of the day Jesus died as recorded in Mark 15. The service will end in darkness. The handbell choir will also play.
Easter Sunday, April 5, 8:00 and 10:00. We will celebrate the Resurrection Sunday with lilies, color, joyful singing, Alleluias, and the Lord’s Supper. Our Scripture will be Mark 16. Since there are no post-resurrection stories in Mark, this will conclude our several Sunday journey through Mark’s gospel.
Art in the Park - Annual "Worship at the Fountain" Service
Swift Church will once again lead the Worship Service at Art in the Park in Foley.
This year the service will be on Sunday, May 10th (Mother's Day), at 8:30am.
This is a brief service prior to the Festival opening at 9:00am.
All are welcome. Rain plan: the Gazebo.
Note that Swift will also have our scheduled 8:00am and 10:00am
services in the Chapel and Sanctuary that morning.
|| Chancel Choir
Our chancel choir and handbell choir have been busy rehearsing for the upcoming Holy Week services. We invite you to worship with us for Swift’s Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. Our leadership role in those services is very meaningful for us, and, we pray, for our Swift congregation and friends. Our chancel choir will be leading the service on Maundy Thursday and the handbell choir will be joining them in leading the service on Good Friday. You will hear the traditional Good Friday hymns played on Good Friday. At the end of the service, you will hear the lowest bell toll 33 times, the number of years of Jesus’ life.
On Easter Sunday the chancel choir will sing a new communion anthem “Communion Canon” with some of our handbell ringers participating! The handbell choir will play a traditional Easter hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” to begin the service. We will play a praise and worship anthem “Be Unto Your Name” during the offertory (a piece that also incorporates mallets and choir chimes). At the end of this service (in contrast to Good Friday), the bells will peal joyfully as you walk out the front door.
On April 19th, The Joyful Tones will begin rehearsing for our May 17th worship leadership opportunity. We will be playing songs that reflect children’s worship, as Swift’s Preschool Graduation is that day. We can always use more people. Please contact Lisa Cardwell if you are interested. Private instruction is provided! Remember, music reading is not required for this beginner’s group.
Looking ahead, the handbell choir will be playing their last time before summer break on May 10th- Mother’s Day. And we are already planning our contribution for Karaoke Sunday, August 16th!
We are looking for more singers for our chancel choir, and people who would be interested in substituting for our handbell choir. During the summer, our chancel choir will move to rehearsals on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Please join us!
Chancel Choir Rehearsal is on Tuesdays
@ 6:00 pm
Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Rehearsal with our fantastic Hand Bell Choir.
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|| Church Library
NEWS FROM OUR LIBRARY
Many recently donated books are on the shelves for adults which include several titles written by authors Andy Andrews, Janette Oke, Jan Karon and Karen Kingsbury. We also have many children's books that they can enjoy.
Swift Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church USA family. To access the PCUSA homepage, please click image above.
|| Mission Statement
|| Christian Education News
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS
SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
8:45am Pick up breakfast in the annex 9:00am Sunday School classes begin
Nursery – babies thru 2 yrs Guppies - 3 yrs thru 5 yrs
Fishers of Men - 6 yrs thru 8 yrs Prophets - 9 yrs thru 12 yrs
Disciples - 13 yrs thru 18 yrs
“Live with Anthony” - in the Andy Lay room.
“Coffee with Keith” - 9:00-9:45 am in the church library (annex room 3).
2 new adult classes: Anyone of any age is invited to attend.
R-E-N-E-W for the women will meet in the historic chapel
R-E-M-A-K-E for the men will meet in the fellowship hall
|| Thursday Bible Study
Thursday Morning Bible Study for Men and Ladies
Following Jesus Through the Gospel of Mark: A Guide to Faith in Action
New Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
In a decision for Swift Church to intentionally seek to "Get Outside the Walls of the Church!"
this study is being held at the Captain's Choice Restaurant
in the Gulf Bowl on Juniper Street in Foley.
Cost of study books, $9; complimentary ones available if needed.
Joiners welcome. Contact Pastor Jody Beth Melton, 251-213-6625.
Please take the time to read the latest letter from one of our missionary families.Very interesting. Just click on Ministries left hand side of this page.
An important part of our membership in Christ's Body, the Church, is involvement. Many people enjoy participating through either a ministry, or one of the many Small Groups that Swift has to offer. Please feel free to contact any of the following leaders of a ministry or Small Group toward which you feel God's call. Please click on Ministries for further information.
|| SWIFT MISSIONS
Click on MINISTRIES on the left side bar to learn about some of Swift's Missions. Also, click on MISSION CONNECTION for a look into a missionary's life.
MISSION & SERVICE
Diane King and Philip Melton, Missions Elders
On April 5, Easter Sunday, a One-Great Hour of Sharing offering will be taken. One third of the offering goes to the Presbyterian Hunger program to fight malnutrition and preventable diseases. One third goes to the Presbyterian Disaster program. The remaining goes to Self-Development of people to help people learn to help themselves. This offering is one of the four major offerings in which the Presbytery suggest that Swift collect each year. Thanks for your consideration of participating and supporting this effort.
Food Pantry volunteers for April are:
4-8 Ellen/Bob Bergman and Sue Gorham
4-22 Mimi/Johnny Hollis and Teresa Neese
Gulf Shores United Methodist, for several years now, has sponsored teams to help construct daycares for the children of the impoverished communities in Quito, Ecuador. Mission teams from many churches across the United States have worked together to complete four daycare facilities to provide safety, education, and medical care to the children from the nearby villages. This summer GSUMC will be participating in this mission.
Tristen Fitts is the 16 year old grand daughter of Mimi & Johnny Hollis. She lives in Gulf Shores and attends GSUMC as well as Gulf Shores High School. She is in the 10th grade and is an exceptional student with a 4.6GPA. She is fund raising so she can attend this mission outreach, her responsibility is to raise $2129.00 to cover project costs and air fare for the trip.
As one of the Missions Elders I would highly encourage each person from the church to contribute any amount they can, so this young lady can serve God in this endeavor. I was reminded recently that the church cannot exist without missions. So if you are able to donate, you can give the donation to Mimi and Johnny,or to the Swift office, or to the GSUMC. Thanks, Phil
|| Counselling Available
Are you in the need of prayer?
Swift Church wants to extend an invitation to you to let us know when you have the need of prayers. You may email the church at email@example.com with a request. In the subject line please insert "Prayer Request". Please indicate if you would just like the staff to pray for you, you would like to have your request put on the weekly Prayer Concerns list that is in the bulletin each Sunday or you would desire a call from the pastor or his assistant. You do not need to include your last name but please include your phone number if you want a call.
|| Youth Group
Lots of things are going on with Swift's Youth. Keep watching for updates. Click on Youth Happenings.
|| LUNCH WITH TWO OR MORE
“LUNCH WITH TWO OR MORE”
“Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
We meet the first Thursday of every month, 11:30am, at the Captain’s Choice Restaurant at the Gulf Bowl on Juniper Street in Foley. This meeting for lunch is a welcome addition to our outreach to members and others in the community. Join us on Thursday, April 2 @11:30 am.
RSVP to Pastor Jody Beth Melton at 213-6625.
|| Butterfly Girls
BUTTERFLY GIRLS (ALL LADIES, ALL AGES! )
Ladies, would you like to know more about the Butterfly Girls? Click on Butterfly Girls for the details.
Click on "Guys Night Out" for more information.
This is a positive, uplifting, caring group in which you can learn how to deal with the emotions and challenges that come when a loved one dies. Anyone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend is invited to attend our new GriefShare series.
Grief Share New Location: Contacts
The Gulf Coast House of Prayer Paula Brewer (251)979-6506
3757 Gulf Shores Parkway (Hwy 59 Teri Wiersig (251)213-1062
Gulf Shores, AL
Across from the Pinnacle Cinemas
Click on the graphic picture for more information.
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
We have just been informed that the Spring Cursillo #34 has been cancelled. There were not enough Pilgrims signed up to be able to have an effective retreat. More information will come out about the Fall Cursillo when it is posted.
II Corinthians 5:17
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SWIFT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL
Please click on the picture of Christ and children for information about out Preschool.