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January 12, 2017

In different points in its life, the Philadelphia congregation known as Beacon has been a Sunday school mission, a nesting congregation, a mother church with its own college, a church in schism, and a new church development. A persistent thread in the fabric of Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood, its population waxed and waned by turns, for 146 years.

Beacon began life in 1871 as a Sunday school mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Kensington. In 1872, the growing church bought a parcel of land from...

October 26, 2016

During recent installation of new brick for what will become the Stated Clerks Square, masons removed from inside the sundial in our front lawn a metal cylinder two feet high and eight inches in circumference. I had had no idea that we owned a time capsule, but naturally we do. The institution is 154 years old; it will continue to disgorge secrets.

Patrons occasionally ask us questions about time capsules: Where should we put our time capsule? What should it be made out of? What should we put in it? It's probably best...

April 17, 2015 to August 4, 2017

Malachi Jones organized the Abington Presbyterian Church in 1714, and later that same year The Presbytery received him into its membership.  Jones purchased a tract of land on Old York Road below Susquehanna Road and in 1719 sold to the church one-half acre of ground upon which to build a church and establish a burial ground.  In 1793 a new church was built on the west side of Old York Road, a commanding site where Abington members still gather to worship, study, and join in various service activities.


April 8, 2015 to September 6, 2017

Colonial Beginning

Middletown Presbyterian Church pre-dates the birth of George Washington by 12 years and the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence by one-half century.  The church is recognized as one of the oldest places of worship in the country, standing a mere 5 miles west of where William Penn landed.

It was first constructed as a small log structure by Scots-Irish settlers who met in 1720.  Most likely the worship meetings were held in the

April 3, 2015 to October 4, 2017

The roots of Doylestown Presbyterian Church reach back to circa 1726 with the Rev. William Tennent, Sr., who was a “circuit rider” or supply pastor and preached at churches in Bucks County including Neshaminy (Warwick) and Deep Run (Bedminster).  The congregation at Deep Run was known as Mr. Tennent’s Upper Congregation. 

Rev. Uriah DuBois was called as pastor to Deep Run in 1798 and also the Red Hill Church.  He moved to Doylestown in 1804 to take charge as principal of the Union Academy.  At that time, the town of Doylestown had...

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