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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

When are the worship services?


At this time our worship services continue to be online due to the ongoing pandemic. We invite you to join us virtually! Sunday mornings at 9:30am year round. Please see the Special Worship Page for exceptions to the regular schedule. Each service lasts approximately one hour and childcare is provided every Sunday during worship.




Does the church have an office?


Yes. Our regular office hours are 9AM-2PM Monday through Friday. Please feel free to stop by; we are always open for information, questions, and tours of our historic church.




What are worship services like?


Our Sunday morning services blend traditional and more contemporary elements to connect us with our past while remaining relevant in the present. More details are available on the worship page.




What is your Church Government Like?


Our church has a Session and Board of Deacons that are responsible for many decisions of the church. For more details, visit our about page.




Do children participate in worship?


All ages are woven into our worship life. On the first Sunday of every month, children begin Sunday mornings in their church school classes at 9:30AM and then join their families in worship for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. On all other Sundays, the children begin the morning in the sanctuary for the first 15 minutes of worship; after a special children’s message, they join their church school classes. Childcare is provided during worship for toddlers and preschool age children. Young people also serve as acolytes, liturgists, and musicians during worship. In the summer, both Vacation Bible School and Summer Sunday School are offered. The SPC Youth Group, under the direction of the Director of Spiritual Formation and the youth leader team, meets weekly during the school year for worship, recreation, dinner and discussion. We offer opportunities for our young adults to explore religious responsibilities through retreats, mission trips and projects, and confirmation classes. In addition, SPC offers weekday preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.




I’ve never been to a church like Setauket Presbyterian Church. Will I know what’s going on?


We welcome all people of faith backgrounds, including none at all! When you visit for worship, pick up a copy of our Sunday Bulletin from a deacon and just follow along. If you would like a tour of the church before or after worship, please speak with a deacon, Pastor Kate or Pastor Ashley.




Can I participate in Communion?


We believe that God’s Communion table is open. Visitors and children are encouraged to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Please note that all shared Communion bread is gluten free, and all “wine” is unfermented grape juice.




What should I wear?


There is no dress code. Please come as you are and as you are comfortable. You’ll see people wearing everything from jeans to suits.




What kind of music will I hear in worship services?


The SPC Choir, led by Noby Ishida, performs an eclectic array of compositions from early music to contemporary works. For more information on music at SPC, visit our music page.




Does Setauket Presbyterian Church welcome the LGBTQ community?


All are welcome at SPC. We recognize and grieve the hurt that has been done to many LGBTQ people by the larger church. SPC is a More Light Presbyterian Church and part of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians working toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.




Do I have to be a member?


No. You are welcome to participate in the life of the church whether or not you are a member. For those wishing to become members, we offer 2 one-hour “Exploring Membership” classes twice each year. These classes, led by our staff and church members, provide information about this church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)




How large is the church?


About 430 individuals claim membership in this community of faith.




What Bible is used in worship?


In worship, we most often use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which is written in modern English and favors inclusive language.





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Setauket, NY 11733

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Tel: (631) 941-4271

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