Sunday, June 19 at 10 am
First Presbyterian Church, 225. E. Market St., York
While gathering for worship on June 19, First Presbyterian Church will celebrate the history of Faith Presbyterian Church, a Black congregation with which it merged in 1965.
It is known to be one of only three such interracial congregational mergers in the nation during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. Recent historical research into Faith Presbyterian and its pastors has unveiled the church’s significant influence in and beyond the Black community of York, prompting First Presbyterian to recognize its sister congregation’s rich legacy during this special worship service.
The service will also include a “Litany of Celebration, Lament and Reconciliation,” acknowledging ways in which the predominately white congregation has not recognized the rich legacy of Faith in the past nor has been more intentional in supporting their Black members in their quest for racial justice.
Among those helping lead the service will be several guests as well as former members and descendants of members of Faith. They are: Dr. Dorothy King, former Faith member, and her pastor, Rev. Tom Sweet, a son of First Presbyterian and lead pastor of Market Square Presbyterian Church; Mr. Rick Chase, son of First Presbyterian Church and former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.; Warren Cooper, well known Philadelphia jazz musician and son of former Faith pastor, Rev. J. Jerome Cooper; Jennyfir and Christian Hunter, children of former member of Faith, the late Virginia (King) Hunter and Patricia Hedgepeth, former member of Faith.
Following the service, attendees will be invited to walk down to 50 North Duke St, former site of the Faith Presbyterian sanctuary and Community House, where a brief ceremony marking the location will be held. The public is cordially welcomed to attend both the worship service and the ceremony following.
For more information, please contact the church office at 717.843.8041