Worship

Like many other things in these unprecedented times, the nature of worship is changing at Parkville Presbyterian Church. For one thing, it is no longer confined to the church sanctuary on Sunday morning.

Online worship is available at any time at www.parkvillepresby.org/watch

During this season of history, we have found that online worship is not only essential to reaching our community in a time of pandemic, but it’s one of the many things we are learning to offer that we should have been doing all along. Thanks to the volunteers who record the worship service, edit it together, play music, and support worship in other ways, we are able to craft a profound, meaningful worship service each week and make it available online.

These days, in-person worship is constantly in flux. Based on health conditions in our area, we may be worshiping inside or outside, or we may be worshiping entirely online. Please see the front page of this website for the latest information about in-person worship. 

And remember, for all the things that change, some things remain the same. No matter how worship is offered or where you are when you experience it, our services reflect an ancient and timeless tradition. They are designed to build up to and respond to the Word of God, proclaimed in Scripture, sermon, and song–and to send us out into the world, ready to live the Word in our community.

As Presbyterians, we affirm that we are ‘Reformed and always being re-formed’ by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. In this period, we are especially open to the voice of the Spirit as it moves among us–listening, watching, and working, alongside the God who is “doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19). 

If you’d like to join us in this new thing—by working with technology, setting the space, reading Scripture, or some other way of bringing worship to life, contact Pastor Steve to get involved!

 

Music

Music at Parkville Pres is diverse and alive. On any given Sunday, you may hear Beethoven, experience a modern praise song, or pray alongside one of the great, classic hymns of the Christian tradition. In worship, as in all things, we seek to be a people who are rooted in our heritage, but also listening and speaking to the world around us.

There are many ways to participate in the music ministry of PPC. In a time of pandemic, when it is not safe for people to gather and sing, even outside, we are learning about new ways of offering music. Those with instrumental talents are deeply valued in this age. People who can sing as soloists or in small groups bring life and joy to worship. Technology can be used to bring voices together, even when they are singing in separate rooms.

Today, our musical efforts are led by Interim Music Coordinator Marcy Gaston. In a few weeks, we are excited to welcome our new music director, Dr. Sarah Lyons, and our new choir director, Dorothy Glick Maglione. In this day and age, it may not be safe to gather a choir together in a traditional way, but these new staff members will continue our tradition of diversity, creativity, and life in worship music. 

Contact Pastor Steve to learn more and get involved!

 

Sunday School

For kids and adults of all ages, we have opportunities for faith formation every Sunday from 9:40 am to 10:40 am. The kids gather at 9:40 for a time of singing and praising God in worship, and then move to their individual classes, where they come to know God’s Word and God’s ways.

Adults can participate in one of two special classes.

Faith & Families
“Faith & Families” is not your typical Sunday School class.  This class functions as a small group to provide spiritual and moral support to families attending PPC.  Keeping in mind that contemporary families come in “many shapes and sizes”, this group discusses and contemplates issues affecting married couples, single adults, parents (and child-rearing), dating, family dynamics and caring for aging parents.  Faith & Families meets every Sunday during the Sunday School Hour in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  The first 20 minutes are usually spent in social conversation, checking in with members, getting to know one another and discussing the week’s “hot topics”.  The rest of class is devoted to a wide variety of curriculum that the group chooses on a quarterly basis (more or less).  The group fluctuates between books studies, visiting experts who can speak to specific topics, biblical history, contemporary videos or facilitator-led discussions about topics that are on the minds of our members.  Faith & Families also gets together socially throughout the year whenever the spirit moves us!

Sojourners
Meanwhile, our Sojourners class is for adults of every age and circumstance exploring the depth and breadth of faith. In recent months, the class has delved into the life and legend of St. Francis of Assisi, the meaning of grace, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the Gospel of Matthew. Led by a rotation of pastors, thinkers, and expert teachers, the Sojourners are seeking God’s way on the path of faith.

Contact Pastor Steve to learn more about adult and kids’ Sunday School!

Small Groups

Joining a small group is a great way to get to know people, learn more about faith, and bring that learning to life through service and prayer.

At PPC, new small groups are forming all the time. Currently, a group of emerging adults in their 20s and 30s meet on Tuesday evening at 7pm to study the Bible and share the joys and challenges of figuring out life. We call this 20/30 Vision, and all emerging adults are welcome anytime!

If you would like to join an existing small group or are interested in being part of a new one, contact Pastor Steve. The journey is more fruitful when we take it together.

Bible Study

All are welcome to participate in the pastor’s sermon preparation Bible study on Tuesday nights at 6 pm. Each Tuesday, a diverse group of people with all kinds of crazy ideas sit with the pastor and read the passage that will be preached on Sunday. For the pastor, it’s a great way to understand the questions, thoughts, and (mis)understandings folks will have when they hear the Scripture on Sunday. For others, it’s a chance to learn more about the Bible, hear the message in finished and unfinished forms, and help a message come to life for Sunday morning.

Whether you are new to the faith, old to the faith, or somewhere in between, your insight is valuable, and you’ll learn something along the way. Come and join us!

For more information, contact Pastor Steve at stevenandrews@parkvillepresby.org.

 

 Women’s Circles

Women’s Circles are monthly gatherings of Presbyterian Women—and if you’re a woman who has attended our church even once, you are a Presbyterian Woman. Evening Circle meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm at the homes of its members. Circle III meets on the first Thursday at 10 am at the church. Both groups participate in mission projects and offer support, fellowship, comfort, and prayer to those in need.

This year, both groups are gathering around the Presbyterian Women study, Who is Jesus?, which seeks to make sense of the four Gospels and their unique perspectives, and to shed new light on Jesus’ identity, mission, and ministry. The study is designed so that new people can always join in.

For more information, contact Dixie Selvidge (816-505-2689) or Nancy Ebberts (816-587-5790).

Stewardship Messages

These inspiring messages and stories have been shared as part of our 2017 stewardship campaign, but the stories they impart and the vision they share are profound, and we are sharing them here with anyone who would like to get to know the church.

What Worship means to me

Randy Smith tells us about the meaning of worship in his life, and how his life has been transformed, slowly and for the better, by worship here.

 

Risk-Taking Mission

Linda Tillinghast shares a story from the SPEAC food pantry, an interdenominational non-profit hosted at our church, about the good work it does.

 

A Life Transformed by PPC’s Hospitality, Worship, and Mission

Kathy Plack came to know us during a difficult time in her life, and for her, the church came along at just the right time.

 

A Note from Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve shares his experiences leading the youth group, and what it would mean–and what it would take–for PPC to hire a youth director.

 

A Journey in Faith

Johanna Strother has found new life through generosity, and encourages you to find your own generosity journey.

 

The Value of a Building

PPC donates an estimated $240,000 each year in free use of space for community groups. Learn more here!

 

Our Opportunity of a Lifetime

The church transforms us so we can transform others. Doug Ballou describes his personal journey of transformation.