Pastor's Message

Pastor's Message 

            Welcome to the Heidelberg United Church of Christ website!

            We are a member congregation of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.  In our southeastern Pennsylvania area of 165 churches, we are also partners with our national United Church of Christ with 5,166 other congregations which are found in all 50 states.
 
            We are a uniquely American church.  Our history has its roots in the community of the original settlers and pioneers of our country before the United States, as a nation, was born. Our forbearers, the Congregational Churches, organized in 1620 and, with the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony of 1629, unified their work and mission described in the Cambridge Platform of 1648.

            Our current institutional form, the United Church of Christ, came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations:  the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches.  Each of these was, in turn, the result of a union of two earlier traditions.  Heidelberg church itself was begun in Schwenksville by a German Reformed congregation in 1835.

            We share in the core values of our national denomination. We are Christian:  by our very name we declare we are of the body of Christ.  We are reformed: we stand in the stream of the great Reformation--affirming the one God, the authority of Scripture, salvation by grace alone.  We are congregational in our church governance:  the congregation is the decision maker in all institutional matters including the hiring of its pastor.  We are evangelical:  we believe in the sharing and living of the good news of the gospel.

            Heidelberg is a worshiping church.  We believe in sharing together in worship through music, liturgy, and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper, observed monthly. 

            Heidelberg is an educating church.  We believe in learning about faith and discussing with openness and honesty.  We have programs for all ages, infancy to adult.  We have regular Bible study classes for adults on Sunday morning and Thursday mornings.  We have an active and energetic music program with hand-bells, choral music, and guest instrumentalists and vocalists. 

            Heidelberg is  also a mission and service church.  We believe we must be involved in our community expressing our faith in supporting community programs.  We are active participants in the Daily Bread Community Food Program and the "soup kitchen" program (monthly) in Pottstown as partners with the Trinity United Church of Christ.

            We do have fun!  You can link with our Daytime Christian Fellowship, a trip and activity oriented group in our church.  You can get up at 7 AM and join the Men's Breakfast Group on the last Friday of the month.  You can join us for other special events--Vacation Bible School (VBS--summer), Holiday Bazaar, and our inspiring Christmas and Easter worship services.

            Now, you have read our welcome and the only thing remaining for you to do is actually join us in worship at 251 Perkiomen Avenue in Schwenksville, PA.  Sunday School launches at 9:00 AM, with worship services following at 10:30 AM. Summer worship begins at 9:30 AM.
 
Peace, Rev. Dan Clark, Interim Pastor