The Smithfield Church

The Smithfield Church

  [The Presbyterian Church USA]

656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia, New York, 12501 

Services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. 


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Pamphlet for fundraising for the new elevator and lavatories:

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Smithfield Church Annual Christmas Concert and Tea

Who: Dr. Hampson Sisler Composer / Organist

What: Annual Christmas Concert and Tea

When: 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Where: The Smithfield Church, 656 Smithfield Valley Road, (Rt. 83) Amenia, NY.

Why: To benefit the handicapped accessibility fund of the Smithfield Church

Admission: Donations gratefully accepted. A plate is passed during the program.

Contact: Denise Finley (518) 598-8276

Details: The Public is invited to the Fourteenth Annual Christmas Concert and Tea at the Smithfield Church in the Smithfield Valley of Amenia at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 1st. This year's guest artist is Dr. Hampson Sisler, world renowned contemporary composer and organist who will perform his suite of Christmas miniatures for organ, titled A Midnight Clear.

The concert will also feature the Smithfield instrumental ensemble including clarinetist Norman Baker, bassist Kyle Behnken, flautist / cellist Lynette Benner, director & trumpeter Matt Finley, violinists Akiko Kamagawara and Rob Murphy, violist Piotr Kargul, and pianist Michael Pennington. Other performers include mandolinist Ted Rathjun, vocalists Denise Jordan Finley, and Monte Stone, members of the Smithfield Choir, and poet Kevin McEneaney

Tea and delicacies will be served in the church community room after the music. Admission to the event is free to all members of the church and the general community. A plate will be passed during the program for donations. Handicap access is limited due to ongoing construction of an elevator in the church building.

Dr. Hampson Sisler, born in 1932, in Yonkers, NY, was recently named “one of the most significant composers of contemporary America” by Organ Magazine, London. He earned a licentiate in organ and related subjects from Trinity College of Music, London at the age of 16 and achieved the fellowship certification in the American Guild of Organists at age 17. He is the youngest ever to receive this distinction.

He compositions were first published when he was 19. He has written more that one hundred works for solo instruments, organ, voice, choir, and orchestra. His music has been performed and recorded by major orchestras world- wide. In addition to his work as a composer, Sisler has been active as an organist and choir director. As a church musician he has served eighteen churches, most notably Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn and Central Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where Charles Ives served in the same position in the early 1900s. In addition to his musical work, Sisler has spent more than 50 years as an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon in New York City. Presently he is heard at the manual of the historic Johnson Tracker Organ here at the Smithfield Church on several Sundays each month.

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The Smithfield Church occupies a Greek revival edifice, typical of its period and an especially good example of this architectural style.  The building has changed little since it was completed in 1843.  Electricity was added early in the 20th century, but otherwise it stands exactly as it was built--a Greek temple on a hill overlooking Smithfield Valley. We have an 1866 Steinway piano, 1866 being the first year that "Steinweg" called itself "Steinway", and we have an 1897 Tracker organ which you can read about by clicking on the Music Program icon.  In addition to worshiping God on every Sunday morning, we are also a center for music and the arts.  We nestle in one of the most beautiful parts of the Harlem Valley, and indeed that valley is among the most beautiful in the world. 

With our historic piano and extraordinary Tracker organ, we are a center of great music.  We invite artists from many persuasions, instrumentalists of wide-ranging talents, and superb vocalists to augment our worship of God.



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Our congregation is small, but growing, and we offer radical hospitality to all who might be interested in worshipping with us or joining our church family.  Under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge the church is experiencing a revival.

The Smithfield Church was founded in 1742.  The church is a member in good standing of the Presbytery of Hudson River, the Synod of the Northeast, and the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

Strictly Calvinist when it was founded, the church is now modern in its outlook and theology, while remaining faithful to the contemporary perspective of the founder of presbyterianism.  At Smithfield Church, you will find sermons of cutting-edge modernity, while emphasizing continuity with the Christian Church of antiquity.

We are, and understand ourselves to be, a unique Christian community in a setting of unparalleled beauty.

 

 

  


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