Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Newtown Presbyterian Church

Yep. We're still searching for a church. But I won't lie, this is out first attempt in 2010. January went fast. And we spent some time out of town. But that doesn't really matter.

Newtown Presbyterian Church is about four miles away, so we can drive it in about ten minutes. They have three morning services, 8am, 9am, and 10:45am. We went to the 9 o'clock, and heard a great Transfiguration Sunday service. The church seems to have a great deal of ministry options, but no big Sunday School focus (bulletin didn't mention individual classes or locations or anything), which was interesting. They do have a nice focus on children though, between the children's sermon, boy and girl scout troops they sponsor, and a newly-formed middle school youth group. People of all ages were in the service, although it was not very ethnically diverse.

We arrived about ten minutes before the start of the service, but parking is down the street, so we squeaked in just before things started. The setup of the service was a typical PC-USA format, and the songs chosen for today were lovely. The prelude was "Rhosymedre," which is very different on the organ than it is in the orchestra. We also ended on a very upbeat hymn, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit," and although Jonathan and I both remember it being popular when we were children, it was nice to hear.

The pastor was extremely knowledgeable, and referenced multiple other verses in making the point of his sermon. Plus, he started with a lengthy and humorous opener, and I was practically on the floor laughing at the "iconic holiday that is Transfiguration Sunday," LoL. We are excited to try this church again, perhaps the 10:45, since Sunday School is during the 9am service.

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