Who we are
Shells Evangelical Lutheran Church is part of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and the greater Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are a country church with a welcoming congregational family. Despite our building's small size, we serve our community and the greater Lutheran Church in many ways. Established in 1819 and built in 1825, we’ve spent over two hundred years sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament. We have a strong worship and music ministry that leads us in prayer, preaching of the Word, celebration of Holy Communion, reflection, and song.
We are a traditional and liturgical Lutheran Church. This means we follow a consistent historical ritual every week that is centered around Word and Sacrament. EVERYONE is welcome to our liturgies. All baptized Christians are welcome to partake in the Lord’s Supper. We have two worship times each week at 9am on Sundays and Wednesdays (beginning on March 4, 2020). On Sunday you can expect to hear a homily/sermon, four Scripture readings, and music accompanied by the organ, choir, and other instrumentalists. On Wednesday you can expect to hear three Scripture readings, a shorter homily/sermon, and a spoken liturgy.
We are committed to being God's presence in the Grantville area with a mission of evangelism and outreach that seeks to spread the good news in Jesus Christ, inviting all to join with us in the worship of our Lord. We are committed to read, study, and meditate upon the word of God. Through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to respond to those in need.