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Heritage Sunday

Every year, Presbyterians celebrate Heritage Sunday, a day to reflect upon and learn more about the long and rich history of the Presbyterian church in America.

Heritage Sunday always falls on the Sunday closest to May 21, the opening date of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1789. Use the resources below to plan a celebration for your congregation or learn more about Presbyterian history.

Lunar Communion

In 1969, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church near Houston, celebrated the first, and so far only, communion service on the moon. Read more about the “Lunar Communion” and download an insert for your Heritage Sunday bulletin here.

Buzz Aldrin in the Apollo 11 lunar module. Image courtesy of NASA.