There are many reasons why we come to Swift Presbyterian Church to worship. The best part of walking into our church is seeing familiar and smiling faces. We love how warm and inviting everyone is to us and feel as though these people really do care about us.
We have grown up at Swift and have grown to realize that we enjoy the more-traditional services. Although we have also come to realize that bands, flashy lights, and fog machines do not help us focus on the word of the Lord we are happy that our generation is still going to church and finding their own way to nurture their relationship with God. We feel as though we are able to take in the service and really contemplate the sermons better in the traditional setting.
The sermons have taught us so many things. Pastor Keith brings in everyday issues and connects them with the teachings of God. I feel the reason that we go to church is to learn how we can serve God and help our faith grow in our everyday lives.
Being a part of the Swift Presbyterian Church family has led us to growth in God. We have learned that kindness, compassion, and understanding are always the answers. We have learned that we may not be worthy but we are loved regardless of our sin. Sometimes people (and even us sometimes) feel as though church is a chore but as soon as you walk into Swift, you know you were meant to be there.
— Haley and Kristin Underwood
What Swift Church means to me …
Swift is the place where I have most often seen the face of Christ and heard the voice of God. It is the place where I have been comforted, challenged, encouraged and nurtured in my faith journey. It is the place where I found acceptance and the courage to lead. During my 40 years of attendance, there have been times when I have been hurt and disappointed and times when I have hurt and disappointed others.
Swift is also the place where I have learned the sweetness and peace of forgiveness. It is where my mother found grace before her death … where I married my husband … where my children and grandchildren have found family and where they witness agape love lived out.
My father’s house is my compass, beacon, shelter and peace within the storm. My attendance lends order to my weeks and gives a greater purpose and meaning to my life.
— Debbie Schmidt
Why I keep coming back to Swift …
Gail started attending Swift last year. Here’s why she keeps returning:
I go back to the first Sunday I attended Swift. My sister and I visited. We were met at the door with smiles and welcoming. Pastor Keith came to us before we even got seated and introduced himself with a smile and a handshake. I have been accepted and welcomed by the congregation and included in activities. These are some of the reasons I attend Swift Church:
■ I feel God’s presence.
■ I thoroughly enjoy the messages.
■ I like and appreciate the serving of communion on a regular basis.
■ I have joined the beginner bells and chimes and that fills my heart with great joy.
■ I have been asked to read the Scripture on Sunday morning, which gives me acceptance by the congregation and officers.
■ I was invited to join the get-togethers at lunches and dinners.
■ I attend the Genesis study — the first study of that type I have ever done.
■ I thank God for leading me to Swift.
— Gail Skinner
What does Swift Church mean to you?
The true meaning of church family.
Myself, my husband, and two of my three children were baptized there. My wedding. Where my relationship with Jesus became personal and started to mature.
I could go on and on, as there are so many reasons this church will always be in my heart and prayers.
— Cassie Woodall
How has Swift Church touched your life?
Swift has taught me to not accept less in a church. I joined one Sunday [April 14] that seems to be a clone of Swift. It felt so good after eight months without a church [after moving to Illinois]. I love you all.
— Nancy Hope
I was baptized at Swift and had my wedding there.
— Karen Croxell
My ancestors attended Swift four generations before me. My heritage is rooted in the little church by the creek.