What makes Drayton Presbyterian
a bit different?
It’s about thinking
Members of this congregation don’t all think alike. Some are more liberal in their spiritual beliefs, others more conservative, and others in between. That’s true of political views, as well. What makes Drayton Presbyterian a bit different is that members of this congregation respect each other and actively accept these differences, knowing that Christ calls all of us to express the love of God by truly loving our neighbors. There is also an understanding that questions and doubts arise as a natural part of faith. And so wherever you are spiritually, you are welcome to join this congregation in striving to serve God and neighbor with gratitude and humility.
It’s about partnership
As human beings we generally realize that we can accomplish more with the help of others than we can on our own. The same holds true for congregations. Drayton Presbyterian Church has entered into a unique partnership with Cana Lutheran Church. And both congregations have a third partner just down the street -- Greenfield Presbyterian Church. Drayton Presbyterian shares Cana Lutheran’s building. Each congregation has its own pastor and its own Sunday worship service. Both congregations share a lively time of fellowship in between the services and a combined Kids Rock children’s education time. In addition, all three congregations combine resources to offer youth-centered programs – STAGE Youth Ministry, Whirl Worship and Vacation Bible School – and often participate in each other’s outreach and mission projects. It’s a creative partnership that energizes everyone!
What we believe
We believe in a God of grace, who judges no one. God loves all people unconditionally – regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation – and welcomes all people into God’s community of love.
We believe that we respond to God’s grace with deep gratitude, which inspires us to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Drayton Presbyterian is a good place to make friends even though during the pandemic the nature of social opportunities has certainly changed. In the warm months, we have gathered together on the church's expansive lawn to visit in the fresh air. We’ve also held some outdoor services while staying safely distanced and we make a point of staying connected during the week through in-person visits, zooms, texts and phone calls. Beginning in Summer 2021, we see each other in-person in the church building for worship on Sunday mornings, trusting that, in future, we will be able to return safely to the kinds of social activities described below.
Before the pandemic, we would meet in the church lounge before the worship service to connect with one another and enjoy an assortment of treats ranging from baked goods to cheese and fruit. While the treats varied, the coffee and connection were constant!
We also enjoyed social events with each other as well as with our partners at Cana Lutheran and Greenfield Presbyterian. From picnics and ice cream socials to a candlelight tea, a gala fundraiser or dinners hosted in homes, we have shared food and time together, supporting one another in our individual and collective experiences of faith. We know that these and other social opportunities can be offered safely again. For now, we do all that we can to remain connected, support all who enter into our midst, and pray together for God's healing love to manifest itself through us in the world.
Drayton Presbyterian is a good place to make friends. Weekly we meet at 10:15, before the 11:00 worship service, to connect with one another and enjoy treats from baked goods to cheese and fruit. While the treats vary, coffee and connection are constant!
Further, we enjoy social events with each other as well as with our partners, Cana Lutheran and Greenfield Presbyterian. These events range from picnics and ice cream socials to dinner hosted in someone’s home or a candlelight tea hosted at the church.
Sharing food and time together is one of the ways we support each other in our individual experiences of faith. We are always open to new ideas.
For any upcoming social opportunities, please see Calendar.
Meet the Staff
Director of Music Ministries
Alayna Young holds a graduate degree from Western Michigan University in organ performance and an undergraduate degree in piano performance from Northwestern State University. Alayna has worked as a professional church organist for more than fifteen years while also maintaining a private practice as a professional musician and teacher.
The Rev. Dr. J. Scott Miller has been pastor of Drayton Presbyterian Church since December 2002. Prior to coming to Michigan, he served churches in Lincroft, NJ, and Elmira, NY. Scott is a gifted preacher and leader of worship. He is passionate about engaging all ages in worshipping God together. Scott believes in doing ministry with the people by equipping them to serve others in the name of Christ. Consequently, rather than being a pastor-centered congregation, Drayton Presbyterian is a healthy mission and ministry-centered congregation. To hear a conversation with Scott click here. Contact Scott
Bio and Pic coming soon!