In 2014 Abington Presbyterian Church celebrated its 300th anniversary of its founding and being a part of the Abington/Rockledge Community. 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. The church provides a tremendous amount of support to its members and the Abington and wider community. Abington Presbytery’s vision as a congregation is “Answering Christ’s call in our time by being the hart, hands, and voice of Christ. The congregation at Abington Presbyterian believes that people working together, helping each other, makes Abington/Rockledge a strong and vital community.
To support this vision, Abington Presbyterian Church is extremely involved with the Abington/Rockledge community, maintaining partnerships that contribute to creating a strong and vital community, serving people of all ages. The church provides support to mothers and young children with their MyKids (Mom’s and Young Kids) and Play Group Program for toddlers and their nursery school that is committed to offering young children a loving learning environment based on attitudes of respect and understanding and focuses on the growth and development of the whole child. Abington Presbyterian Church provides opportunities for older children as well with their Presby Kids, youth ministry, and youth fellowship programs. The church also serves youth by hosting Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Abington Presbytery partners with many other groups in our community. Among those are New Directions, a support group for people with depression and bipolar disorder; NAMI, a group that provides a voice on mental health; Citizens and Police Together (C.A.P.T.); Adopt A Road; Cradle of Hope, a service for single mothers and children; the Interfaith Housing Alliance serving the homeless; and Aid for Friends, preparing meals for homebound individuals. In addition, this year the church introduced “The Church Has Left the Building” to the congregation. Instead of worship services, on one Sunday their congregants went out into the local and inner-city community to provide a day of hands-on service and outreach.
The church also offers a community music program that brings outstanding professional musical programming to the Abington community for free. The series has grown to include annual features of solo and chamber music, choral and instrumental programs, children’s concerts, and other unique programs all supported through free-will donations and patrons of the concert series. Music at Abington builds community relationships by offering childcare and public receptions at its programs, and it celebrates and features the community-based ensembles of Abington Presbyterian Church: the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in orchestral programs and combined choral works. The purpose of Music at Abington is to bring quality musical opportunities to Abington Presbyterian Church and surrounding communities and through collaboration and musical excellence to “glorify God and refresh the soul” (-J. S. Bach).