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Welcome to Gettysburg Presbyterian
We all were new, at one time, and we remember what it’s like. So we’ve provided the information below, knowing that it’s easier to venture into a new place when you know what to expect. If you are new and seeking additional information, please join us in Fellowship Hall for coffee before or after service to meet members of the congregation. Additional information about our church is also available at the Welcome Kiosk.
The “Church of the Presidents”, visited by Lincoln and joined by the Eisenhowers, invites you to visit and/or worship with us in our active and historic church located in downtown Gettysburg. Gettysburg Presbyterian Church believes that God calls us to invite people to faith in Jesus Christ, and equip them to grow as His fully devoted followers. As disciples we: Study regularly, Pray daily, Witness boldly, Live faithfully, Serve passionately and Worship weekly. Click here to learn more about us from our weekly newsletter.
Gettysburg Presbyterian Church began its work in 1740 in a log structure situated three miles west of town, at the present site known as Black’s Graveyard. The congregation moved to the present location in 1842. The original building consisted only of a sanctuary. During and immediately following the Battle of Gettysburg, the church along with many other public buildings were converted into a temporary hospital.
On November 19, 1863, four months after the battle, President Lincoln came to Gettysburg to take part in the dedication of the National Cemetery. At 5PM, following the morning ceremonies at which he delivered the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln attended a patriotic meeting in this church. He was accompanied by John Burns, a local patriot. The original pew is marked with a bronze plaque. The present church building was erected in 1963, reusing the original rafters and artifacts from the building that was replaced.
On February 1, 1963, President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower became members of the church. The pew President Eisenhower occupied was so marked with a plaque. The church also has an Historical Hall containing prints of paintings and memorabilia of the late President.
The Gettysburg Presbyterian Church was selected for a special citation as American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site No. 94 and is registered by the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia.
What to Expect
What is the style of your worship services?
We have three worship services during the school year. The services on Sundays at 8:00am and 11:00am are traditional.
Our contemporary worship service is at 9:30am. It features contemporary music, video, art, and a message allowing you to authentically experience God.
In July and August we have a contemporary service at 9 am and a traditional service at 10:30 am.
What should I wear?
Whatever you normally wear. We are more concerned with meeting you than with what you wear. At GPC you’ll see nearly every style of clothing.
How do I get there?
We are located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at 208 Baltimore Street. We are located two blocks south of Lincoln Square, on the corner of Baltimore and East High Streets. Parking is provided behind the Church.
What if my children need me while I’m in the service?
We offer a well staffed and caring nursery at each worship service for newborns through toddlers, age two. During each worship service, young children (age 3 to Grade 3) exit at specific times for an age-appropriate worship experience. Worship bags containing questions and activities on the scriptures and sermons are also available for children in grades 4 to 6.
What if I still have questions?
Call the church offices 717-334-1235 or email – email@example.com