Vision & Mission
In our earliest identity as the Schaneateles Religious Society, this congregation served this community as the local courts, the local schools, and as a community of worship/prayer and Bible study.How different, if the Faith Community were still responsible for the Courts, rather than focusing on punitive damages, pain and suffering, the focus of these early Church Courts was on "forgiveness" and "Redemption" and what was needed to re-accept one another as members of this community.
As a faithful community of pilgrims, we are welcoming and inclusive to all, guided by God’s will through the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit.
Seeking to follow Christ’s example to love one another, we strive to serve and minister within our congregation and the wider community, bringing with us the joy and hope of Christianity.
We strive to be good stewards of all that God has provided, to use our time, talents, and gifts to bring glory to God.
When we rebuilt the facilities in 1998, the church committed to using the building as a community resource, to provide space for what we as a church would want to provide but do not need to own or control. Today, this church is home to Art Shows and Music Festivals, Education programs, Co-ops, and Community based youth programs far greater than the church's own budget and staff could provide, which also could not exist in this community without the mission and witness of the First Presbyterian Church. The church does enforce an Abuse Prevention & Response Policy, requiring that all church programs and building uses will have leaders trained in recognizing symptoms of abuse, having criminal background checks, and following procedure, in order to make this resource available and safe as a place of Sanctuary.
Skaneateles Festival Offices and Chamber Music Concert Series
Skaneateles Festival brings Grammy Award winning musicians for Concert series using the acoustically dynamic Church Sanctuary each August.
Pray, Worship, Grow
Prayer and Worship
Our spirits are nurtured when we cultivate a healthy prayer and worship life. Spiritual growth takes place throughout our lives.
Worship is at the heart of all we do to honor and glorify God. We worship the Lord not only on Sunday mornings, but in every way we honor God with the way we live and in our service to others done in Christ's name.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Romans 12:1
Prayer is our lifeline to the Lord. In prayer we both talk to God and listen for God's voice speaking to us. A simple formula for prayer is to follow the A.C.T.S. method.
A - Adoration: Give praise to God for the love, mercy, and grace shown to you and offer your love for God in return.
C - Confession: Confess your sin. Confess your faith.
T - Thanksgiving: Give thanks for the blessings you have received.
S - Supplication: Bring your concerns before the Lord.
Walking the labyrinth is a spiritual practice that began centuries ago as a way of engaging the body, mind, and spirit in a meditative, reflective, and meaningful way of prayer. See the Welcome Page for more information on our labyrinth built into the floor of Dobson Hall, our large fellowship room.
Check back soon for more information on how to deepen your prayer life and nurture your spirit in God's love.