Port Kennedy First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Port Kennedy, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
First Presbyterian Church of Port Kennedy, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Across the highway from Valley Forge National Park is the First Presbyterian Church of Port Kennedy.   The building was finished in 1846, though the tower was added in 1909 to house a half-ton church bell.  Port Kennedy was the name of the town originally, but technically it no longer exists.  It was originally settled by Scottish and Irish Protestants in the first part of the 19th century.  In 1965, road construction cut off the church and it now sits on a dead end next to a busy expressway.   Below is a photo from an online map that gives you a better look.

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Akron Bible Baptist

Bible Baptist Church, Akron, Pennsylvania
Bible Baptist Church, Akron, Pennsylvania

The Bible Baptist Church in Akron, Pennsylvania was built in 1892.  I wasn’t sure what a Bible Baptist Church was, so looking it up on the web it’s an affiliation of Baptist Churches for the “purpose of church planting and sharing the truth of the Word of God”.  Simple enough I guess.  So far, I haven’t found more information on this history of this particular location other than the age.

St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania
St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania

Silver Spring Evangelical United Brethren Church was built circa 1887.  Thanks to information provided from the Lancaster County Historical Society,  I learned that the church was used by that denomination until 1960 when it merged with the Centerville Church to form Hempfield UMC.  Next, it was used as Silver Spring Baptist Church until 1980 when they moved nearby and sold the building to St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, was was also formed that year.  The Coptic Orthodox Church is a Christian denomination based primarily in Egypt.  Estimates vary, but church membership in the U.S. is probably about half a million people.

Interior, St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania
Interior, St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania

Trinity Christian

Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania
Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania

Built in 1863, Trinity Christian Church is located in Skippack Township, Pennsylvania.  The church was founded after a group was excommunicated by the Mennonite Church for wanting to provide a higher education for their children.  The church’s worship area shown below has been located on the second floor since 1868.  A more thorough history of the church can be found at this link.

Interior, Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania
Interior, Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania

Friedens United Church of Christ

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Friedens United Church of Christ, Sumneytown, Pennsylvania

This church is located in Sumneytown in eastern Pennsylvania.  Frieden is German for “peace” and the German speaking Lutherans in the area organized the church in 1857.  Its history shows that it served both the Lutheran and German Reformed congregations until 1957.  The Lutherans moved to a separate location (not sure if there’s a story there?) and the German Reformed side merged with the Congregational Church to form the UCC.  It’s still in use, but was locked up the couple of times I’ve stopped by, so I’ve not seen the inside.

The cemetery that surrounds the church is in good shape, though the oldest markers near the church lean precariously as you can see in the feature photo above.

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