Thinking of Visiting Springdale? Great!
We believe that we’re called to the ministry of love and reconciliation in the world through our Lord Jesus Christ,
and that includes everyone.
We believe that the diversity of our world is a gift from God to be embraced. We celebrate our human family’s full diversity of race, ethnicity, refugee or immigrant status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, spiritual or faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We welcome all who have previously known the pain of exclusion, discrimination, abuse, or intolerance in either the church or society.
We affirm that all people are created in the image of God, are loved by God, are called by God, and are deserving of love and human dignity. Because of that, we welcome all people into full participation in the life of the church.
What Can I Expect If I Visit?
We're glad that you're thinking about visiting Springdale and worshiping with us. So if you do, what can you expect?
Well, the first thing you'll notice is that there's plenty of parking. There is a large parking lot on the northeast side of the building, and a smaller one on the southwest, both accessed directly from Brownsboro Road.
Next, you'll discover that the entire facility is accessible to people with physical disabilities. Once you're inside, you probably won't go far without someone greeting you, welcoming you, and introducing themselves. In addition to that, you'll also find a prominent Welcome Desk, where you can find a Visitors Information Packet, copies of our most recent newsletter, and some copies of recent sermons that you can take with you.
Not Sure Where You're Going? No Problem.
Like most churches, we have "official" ushers and greeters serving every Sunday morning, helping people to get where they need to go. But don't worry about having to find one of these official people - we're very friendly; anyone you meet will be glad to help direct you. And if you want to get a feel for where things are even before arriving, just scroll down and you'll find floor plans of our two levels.
What Am I Supposed to Do?
We know that visiting a church can be a bit intimidating. Everyone else seems to know all the "secret codes" of worshiping there - when to stand, when to sit, what's coming next, and where everyone usually sits. We've actually heard horror stories of people - not in our church - angrily telling visitors to get out of "their" seats! We promise you, that will not happen to you here. We also promise you that we've worked hard to eliminate those "secret codes" in worship - we'll let you know what's coming next - when you come into the sanctuary, someone is going to give you a bulletin - a "program" that will tell you in detail what's going on and what's going to happen next. We don't want you to just feel welcome, we want you to feel comfortable.
What Kind of People Will Be There?
Families. Singles. Old and young and middle-aged. Yes, mostly white, like most "Mainline" Protestant churches, but we're working on that - we have some racial diversity, but honestly, we we should have, and we want, more. Straight. Gay. Wealthy, and paycheck-to-paycheck. Blended families. People with a spouse of a different religion, or no religion, who still feel comfortable with us. More progressives and moderates than conservatives, but we make our political mix work because we love one another. People who love traditional hymns. People who love praise music. People who love the organ. People who hate the organ. Loud people. Quiet people. People in suits. People in jeans or shorts (an occasional Hawaiian-print shirt, in season, is a distinct possibility). People experiencing the greatest joys in life, and those dealing with the greatest losses.
In short, you'll encounter a true cross-section of humanity - but who, if nothing else, have at least one thing in common: we're all deeply committed to our faith, following Jesus Christ as the Lord and guide of our lives.
Our well-staffed Grace Place for infants and preschoolers is open Sunday mornings starting 30 minutes prior to the first service or class through the end of the last morning service. During Worship children 7 and younger may go to Grace Place following the Time for Young Disciples. Grace Place is located in a hallway not too far removed from the sanctuary, directly across from our Choir Room.
Children or Youth?
Children and youth are integral to the life of Springdale Presbyterian Church. Our goal is for everyone to be fully engaged worship, learning and service. We see ministry with children and youth as a fully adaptive process — working with students, parents, grandparents and teachers to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s families.
We offer spiritual nurture opportunities for all on most Sundays. We currently have a multi-age class for pre-kindergarten - 4th grades, a tween class for 5th and 6th grades, confirmation class for 7th and 8th grades and a class for high school students.
Presbyterian Youth Connection (youth group for grades 6 - 12) meets regularly throughout the year. The PYC is highly invested in learning through service, mission, and fun. We also provide unique opportunities for serving and learning to our elementary age students.
Need a Restroom?
You'll find women's and men's restrooms on both floor levels. In addition to the larger restroom facilities, each floor features a fully accessible, single-user all gender/family restroom that is also equipped with diaper changing tables. Check the floor plans below for locations.