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.

Worship Times

Early Service in the old chapel 8:00 am

Traditional Service in the new sanctuary 10:00 am

PASSIONATE WORSHIP

Worship during December

            The idea of Isaiah as a “fifth Gospel” goes back to Jerome (342-420AD), Augustine (354-430AD), and Isidore of Seville (560-636AD). Isaiah has been viewed more as an evangelist than a prophet. It seems he anticipated and spelled out most Christian essentials. The book of Isaiah is more often quoted or alluded to in the Gospels, Acts, Paul’s letters, and Revelation than any other part of Scripture, with the possible exception of the Psalms.

            We will use Isaiah, the “fifth Gospel”, during Advent. We will draw on Isaiah to understand the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, Emmanuel, God with us.

December 14 Third Sunday of Advent

Children Lead Worship – “A Time of Waiting”

                        One service at 10:00 (no 8:00 service)

December 21 Fourth Sunday of Advent

                        Isaiah 7:10-16

                        “God is With Us”

December 28 First Sunday after Christmas

                        Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3

                        “The Glory of God’s People”

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 6:00pm in the Sanctuary; will include Choral and Handbell anthems. The Lord’s Supper will be served.

 Chancel Choir

 

MUSIC NOTES

Submitted by Lisa Cardwell

Intergenerational Choir Chime Ensemble:  We are starting an inter-generational choir chime ensemble! This includes children grade 4 up to Senior Adults.  We will rehearse Nov 30th and Dec 7th immediately after the 10:00 service. On Dec 14th we will rehearse at 9:00 in the sanctuary and then will play for that service (which will be led by children).  The vision for this group is not to meet weekly between now and May, but to take 3-4 week blocks of time to meet occasionally between now and next summer.   Please email Lisa at Lisacardwell62@gmail.com if you are interested.

Joint Christmas Cantata with First Presbyterian of Foley: Mark your calendars!! We will be performing our cantata, “The Christmas Story” by Fettke & Grassi. This will be our 6th annual cantata with the chancel choir at Foley First Presbyterian. Swift is hosting the cantata this year, with Lisa Cardwell directing. During this presentation, members of the Swift handbell choir will be ringing handbells as accompaniment to Christmas carols that the congregation will sing. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 pm at Swift. Cookie reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Christmas Eve: There will be Choral and Handbell anthems! Come prepared to sing lots of Christmas Carols!

HANDBELL REHEARSAL

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Rehearsal with our fantastic Hand Bell Choir.

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 Mission Statement
Swift Church's Mission Statement:
Swift Church strives to be a biblically based community bringing God joy. Through the Holy Spirit we seek to become and make disciples of Jesus Christ in order to welcome unconditionally, worship passionately, grow faithfully, serve boldly and give extravagantly.
 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

               Adult Classes:

                  “Live with Anthony” - in the Andy Lay room; studying “Amos”

                  “Coffee with Keith” - in the Library; will discuss recent decisions made by the Presbyterian General

                     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

 Ministries

Getting Involved

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, Missions Elder

      November was a busy time for Swift members. Cookies were sent to Kairos along with placemats and letters made by the preschool children and Sunday School classes 4-6 grade. Donna Armstrong presented information to us regarding what services Hope Haven provides for people who are exploited in human trafficking and how we can help. Next year we plan on collecting items for the facility. The youth along with Lauren went shopping for the food pantry and arranged the items in the closet. What a help this is for those working in the food pantry!

      Looking forward, December will give you opportunities on Christmas Eve to contribute to the Presbyterian Home for Children which has some dire needs.  Again Lois Penfold will coordinate the Santa foundation project and she will give you more info in December. On December 10, Janelle Armbruster and Linda Morrison will work in the food pantry and on December 24, it will be closed.

      Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your mission elder. I especially look forward to working with Phil Melton and the mission committee in 2015.

                                                                                         

 Counselling Available
Gulf Coast Counseling Services LLC

Dr. Kim Witchard is offering counciling to all Swift members that need some help. Please click on the web site address. You may also contact her by email dr.kwhitchard@gmail.com .

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 swiftpc@gulftel.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.

 

 Church Library

NEWS FROM OUR LIBRARY

Lynda Walden   

           

      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 on these hot summer days.

 Youth Group
 

Lots of things are going on with Swift's Youth. Keep watching for updates. Click on Youth Happenings.

 MISSION OPPORTUNITY
Our Swift Busy Bees attending the Presbyterian Home for Children Work Weekend. Here they are taking a lunch break. Such a great mission. We thank you all. 
 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.  The Captain’s Choice Restaurant has a diverse, reasonably priced menu.   Our next get together will be January 8, 2015.

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.

GRIEFSHARE MINISTRY

            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. Click on the graphic picture for information.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.

II Corinthians 5:17

This is your Invitation to join us at Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo. Click on Cursillo to read more.

 PRESCHOOL NEWS

SWIFT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL 

PRESCHOOL NEWS

Meet the New Director of Swift Church Preschool           

            Shawn Simpkins was unanimously chosen by the board of Directors as the new director of Swift Church Preschool.  She will begin her duties on August 4, 2014.

            Shawn currently lives in Chelsea, Alabama but will move to Foley .  Her in-laws live in Foley, and her husband has already started a new job in Pensacola.  They are building a new home in Foley.  Shawn and her husband have two daughters, Bailey 12 and Ivy 9.

            Also starting as a new teacher of our 4 year olds is Teresa Harrison.  Please stop by and welcome them to Swift Church.

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    Swift Presbyterian Church
    23208 Swift Church Rd.,
    Foley, AL 36535
    PH: (251)943-8367