Far Northeast: Five Historical Churches that Helped Shape the Community

Far Northeast: Five Historical Churches that Helped Shape the Community

The Far Northeast is known as an area of religious communities. It’s a place where churchgoers can admire the majestic architecture and history of some of the region’s oldest churches. Pennepack Baptist Church (above), located at 1832 Krewstown Road, was founded in 1688 by Elias Keach. It was the eighth Baptist church started in America and is currently […]

 

Northwest: Defrocked pastor preaches at Germantown church

Northwest: Defrocked pastor preaches at Germantown church

In opposition to the United Methodist Church’s non-recognition of same-sex marriages, congregants at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown recently hosted a guest sermon by defrocked Eastern Pennsylvania reverend, Frank Schaefer. Schaefer, a former reverend at the Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pa., described to the congregation the story of his […]

 By Desiree Disney and Marian Dennis

Manayunk: Changes In The Catholic Community

Since 1682, when William Penn began what was called his “holy experiment,” Philadelphia has been a haven for those who practice the Catholic religion. In fact, according to the website for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Catholic population between 1733 and 1790 skyrocketed from just 40 people to 8,000 people, after the first Catholic Philadelphia […]

 By Rodney Bost and Saleem Sabree

Fairhill: Local Church Woman Gives Back to Community

Fairhill: Local Church Woman Gives Back to Community

For Margarita Rivera, trying to stay afloat in these tough economic times has proven to be quite a challenge; however, her own financial hardships have not deterred her from giving back to her community. Rivera is a member of the church, Templo Ara de Salvacion, in Fairhill. Twice a week she stands on the corner […]

 By Autumn N. Kelly, Liza M. George and Ryan A. Shellenberger

North Central: A Family of Teachers Strives to Enrich Local Youth

North Central: A Family of Teachers Strives to Enrich Local Youth

A van of screaming children pulls up to the curb. The children are anxious to get out and stroll through the red wooden doors of the National Temple Baptist Church, head down the hall and into the church’s sanctuary where they are greeted by a ceiling of big bright balloons of all colors, bookshelves that […]

 By Rodney Bost and Saleem Sabree

Fairhill: Local Church Gives Back to Community

Fairhill: Local Church Gives Back to Community

For the members of True Vine Baptist Church in Fairhill, it’s not enough to just come and hear the word of God every Sunday. They also believe in regularly giving back to the community through outreach programs. Through this mission, they aim not only to uplift the people of Fairhill but also to make sure […]