confirmation sunday

Confirmation Sunday May 17

May 17 will be a joyous day for three of our Partnership churches as we welcome new confirmands to our congregations.

Over the past year, young people from the Spencer, Crafton, and Castle Shannon churches have been meeting together weekly to learn about the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith through a unique Confirmation Program called “Credo”.

There has also been time for games, service, and growing closer together as Christians.

It’s a great group, and we hope you’ll join us to affirm and support them as they make this next step in their faith in Jesus and become confirmed members of our churches.

Holy Week Across the South Hill Partnership

South Hills Partnership
Carnegie UMC, Crafton UMC, Fairhaven UMC, Hill Top UMC, Spencer UMC and UMC of Castle Shannon

April 17, Maundy Thursday Options:

Maundy Thursday takes its name from the Latin word “mandatum”, or commandment. On this day of Holy Week, we recall the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples: [Jesus said:] I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13: 34, 35)

  • Beyond: Seder Meal- 7:00 pm
    Spencer UMC
    117 Spencer Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15227
  • Traditional Service with Communion and Foot Washing- 7:00 pm
    Carnegie UMC
    419 Washington Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15106

April 18, Good Friday


  • Partnership Tenebrae Service at
    Spencer UMC
    117 Spencer Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15227
    • 6:00 pm – Common meal
    • 7:30 pm – Tenebrae Service

The word Tenebrae means darkness. This solemn service was first celebrated in the fourth century. In the service, candles are gradually extinguished, symbolizing the flight and denial of the disciples and friends of Jesus after his crucifixion. The Christ candle is extinguished and not relighted until Easter morning, reliving the suspense of the first disciples who had not yet experienced the resurrection. Scriptures and music help set the tone for this service.

Spencer UMC invites the Partnership churches to gather with them for a meal of fish and macaroni and cheese. A free-will offering will be received, but you are asked to make a reservation to aid in meal planning. For reservations call Spencer at 412-881-4000 by April 15.

April 20, Easter Sunday


  • Fairhaven UMC
    2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd
    Pittsburgh, PA 15234
    • 8:30 am – Pancake Breakfast
    • 9:30 am – Worship with Communion
  • Carnegie UMC
    415 Washington Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15106
    • 7:00 am –Breakfast and service
    • 9:30 am – Worship with Communion
  • Castle Shannon UMC
    3750 Myrtle Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15234
    • 9:30 am – Worship with Communion
  • Spencer UMC
    117 Spencer Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15227
    • 11:00 am – Worship with Communion
  • Crafton UMC
    43 Belvidere St
    Pittsburgh, PA 15205
    • 11:15 am – Worship with Communion
  • Hill Top UMC
    631 E. Warrington Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15210
    • 11:15 am – Worship with Communion

Castle Shannon Lenten Luncheon: Together Forever


Emmanuel Lutheran Church
935 Pine Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

  • April 2: Resurrection of the Body
    Pr. Kimberly van Driel preaching; First Presbyterian serving
  • April 9: Life Everlasting
    Father Peter Horton preaching; St. Anne serving

All services begin at 12:00 pm, with lunch to follow.