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July 21, 2017

2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the Presbytery of Philadelphia. In honor of that major celebration, presbytery churches are writing brief, updated congregation histories. Susan Aggarwal, a member of the presbytery's History Team and of PHS's Delaware Valley Council, is collecting these histories and sharing them with PHS. All completed histories can be viewed on the PHS website using the Philadelphia Presbytery 300 blog tag.


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.


March 17, 2015 to August 4, 2017

Lower Providence Presbyterian Church was founded in 1730 by a Scots-Irish Presbyterian Congregation.

They built a log church on the highest hill in Providence Township later known as Mount Kirk (Kirk-Scottish for church). As the church family grew, larger buildings were built in 1775, 1846 and the current sanctuary in 1868.  The Narthex, balcony and belfry were added in 1878.  The church continued to expand with the additions of Sunday School rooms in 1913.  Since then Williams Hall-1951, Rowland...

January 17, 2015 to July 17, 2017

The first thought of forming a church in Bridesburg came out of a meeting in September, 1829.  Henry Parkes and the Rev. Dr. Biggs of Frankford Presbyterian Church took the stagecoach to Bridesburg Village to meet with 21 faithful members of the community.  This 1 ½ mile area was often impassable for pedestrians and carriages making it a hardship for people to attend Frankford Presbyterian Church.  The members of this group wanted to establish a local house of worship to preach the gospel.

And so it was that in September 1829, a Sunday School was organized....

April 17, 2014 to August 14, 2017

Arch Street Presbyterian Church’s history stretches back over 200 years, including several name changes and five congregational mergers.  Members of the Evangelical & Reformed congregation were organized as the Fifth Presbyterian Church in April 1813, meeting in the Musical Fund Hall on Locust near 7th St. In 1823, the congregation moved into a building on Arch and 10th Streets.

In 1850, the existing church requested dissolution, and a new congregation, organized as the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, purchased the property at 10th and Arch Streets. Rev. Charles...

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