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February 25, 2015 to September 7, 2017

In 1804, a group of English independents withdrew from Second Presbyterian Church to form the “Independent Tabernacle Church.” After several years as both an independent and then a Dutch Reformed congregation, they rejoined the Presbytery as Seventh Presbyterian. In 1873, Seventh Presbyterian merged with Sixth Presbyterian under the new name “Tabernacle Presbyterian Church.” In 1883, the church relocated to West Philadelphia; the cornerstone of our present building at 37th and Chestnut was laid in 1884.

The years from 1902 – 1957 saw the start of...

February 23, 2015 to October 2, 2017

At its October 20, 1812 meeting the Presbytery approved the application of the Solebury congregation to be received under its care and organized it as the Presbyterian Church of Solebury. The service of organization took place in April, 1813. Among its first members were some who transferred from the Newtown Church because Solebury was nearer their homes. The church name was changed to Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1875, in connection with the dedication of a new building erected by William Neely Thompson in memory of...

February 22, 2015 to September 28, 2017

In 1812 a Welsh pastor named Jenkins, began Wednesday evening meetings in his home in Fishtown, the nickname given to Kensington in colonial days because many of its residents were fishermen by trade.  As the number of worshipers increased during Sunday afternoon and evening services, the group moved into a schoolhouse on Queen (Richmond) Street. A lot was purchased on Palmer Street and a church was erected there, by the Evangelical Society of Philadelphia, who then gave this new church to the growing congregation in 1813.  The treasurer of the Evangelical Society at the time was...

February 20, 2015 to August 28, 2017

The roots of “The First Presbyterian Church at Norristown” can be traced back to 1805 when a prayer group was started by Norristown resident Robert Hamill. He was also an Elder at Providence Presbyterian Church. The prayer group met in the Norristown Academy which stood next to where the church stands today. Parson John Jones was principle of the Academy and Pastor at Providence Presbyterian Church. 

By 1814 a congregation had developed. In 1815, with the help of the Holy Spirit and Elder Hamill, this group built the Norristown Presbyterian Meeting House on Airy...

February 17, 2015

Marple Presbyterian Church celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2010.  Our founding was recorded in the minute reporting the reception of the First Presbyterian Church of Marple Township by the Second Presbytery on October 7, 1835. It notes that "the Church ...is in a very interesting region remote from any Presbyterian Church." Apparently this mission of the Middletown Church was also remote from any concentration of Presbyterians in its early days.  Reporting only 78 members in 1870,...

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