Who We Are
Abington Presbyterian Church, a congregation of approximately 1,000 members, is part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are a theologically diverse congregation, taking seriously this declaration of the Presbyterian church drawn up more than two hundred years ago and now part of its constitution:
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men... Therefore we consider the rights of private judgment, in all matters that respect religion, as universal and unalienable.1
All who seek meaning for their lives or who seek to serve others in this bewildering and suffering world are invited to be part of our worship services and activities.
We, the members of Abington Presbyterian Church, are called by God to be the heart, hands and voice of Christ. We are united in accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe that as Lord, Christ sets the example for living an abundant life, in accord with the will of God.
Worship is at the heart of the church's life. All that the church is and does is rooted in its worship.2 Abington Presbyterian Church follows the reformed tradition. "As Christians we gather in public worship to affirm our belief in God, to pray, and think together about what it means to live in God's world as God's children."3 Our worship strives to be thought provoking with a message based on scripture and enhanced by our musical talents. The sermon is central to our worship as it challenges us to reflect God's word in our daily lives. Participation in worship encourages us to "give generously of our lives and resources to support the work we believe God wants done in the world."
Abington Presbyterian offers educational opportunities for all ages. Preschoolers learn about their faith through storytelling and song. Elementary students rotate through different workshops on successive Sundays in a program that reinforces Bible stories and allows for a broad range of learning styles. Our 5th & 6th graders take part in a Bible Survey course covering the Old Testament one year and the New Testament the next. The Junior High Church School class and the Senior High Church School Class, known as Dialogue, (right) includes Bible study and discussion on how the scriptures relate to their lives. Students entering ninth grade may participate in the Confirmation Class. Junior and Senior High Fellowship also meets on Sunday afternoons for activities focusing on recreation, service, Bible study and discussion. Vacation Bible School for children is conducted each summer.
There is a broad variety of opportunities for Adult Education. For more information on our extensive Adult Education opportunities please click on this link.
A wide variety of fellowship opportunities are available, supporting a sense of community and family. Sunday morning coffee hour, family socials and other recreational activities occur throughout the year. Small groups form to fulfill various interests, such as the Mothers' Discussion Group and the Men's Work Crew. Larger groups exist to fulfill the special interests of the congregation, including the Youth and Teen Fellowship (grades 7-12), Summer youth trips (right), Presbyterian Women, book clubs and study groups.
Music is an integral part of our worship and community at Abington Church. Vocal and bell choir opportunities exist for everyone from kindergartners to adults:
- Cherub choir (grades K-2)
- Carol choir (grades 3-6)
- Chapel choir (grades 7-12)
- Chancel choir (adults)
- Joyful Bells (grades 5-6)
- Festive Ringers (Grades 7-12)
- Celebration Ringers (advanced)
Music at Abington hosts a series of concerts for the church and community, featuring the Abington Symphony Orchestra and the Oratorio Choir.
Living our faith challenges us to reach out to others in need in the local community and the world. Our congregation raised the funds and participated in the building of a Habitat for Humanity house in Germantown (left). We joined with seven other houses of worship to dedicate the site (right) and construct a second house. Other local projects include supporting Presbyterian Children's Village and responding to needs in our community such as homelessness and hunger. World mission support includes contributions for peacemaking, disaster relief, hunger and medical benevolence. Our personal commitment to mission includes financial contributions, gifts of our time and talents, and hands-on mission work.
Founded in 1714, sixty-two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Abington Presbyterian Church is the third oldest Presbyterian church in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In fact, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had not even been born when seventy hearty pioneers banded together in a primitive settlement to unite in the worship of God. More information.
The programs and ministries of the Church and in the community make "Old Abington Church" as much a force today as it was in its early years.
1 The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Part II, Book of Order, G-1.0301
2 Book of Common Worship, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), preface, p.1
3 Buchanan, John M., Being Church, Becoming Community, 1996, John Knox Press, p. 88