History of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church - Shamokin, PA
Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, at 28 W. Arch St. in Shamokin, dates back to 1894, following a division in the Evangelical Association. The Evangelical Congregational Church came from this split, and our present church was founded as a result. Today there are 154 E.C. Church communities here, and 460 abroad, plus fairly extensive missions outreach.
Each E.C. church owns its own buildings, which was part of the reason for the Denominational split, and our building was built just after that. The mortgage was burned around 1903, and the church was quite active in the community.
As in all churches, there are events you want to forget, and one of them was THE FIRE! About 1920 the church was heavily damaged by a fire, gutting the building. Essentially all that remained was the brick walls. The church was rebuilt, and other than a few modifications over the years, the church is still the same.
The church has been served over the years by a wide variety of pastors, and has had a number of outreach projects. We have photos of evangelical groups riding on the back of ancient stake-body trucks.
In our ‘museum’ you can see how crowded the church could get. We can easily seat 600, but estimates of the time said there were between 600 and 800 people, with folding chairs in the aisles. Remember, these were the days before TV, Radio, and the Internet. Churches were a place for people to meet and plan for the Church and also the community, plus of course sharing their faith and learning more of God’s direction for them.
Some things remain the same over the years. At the top of the main page in our bulletin you find this:
“Our Purpose: To know Christ, and to make Him known”
As with so many churches, our membership has declined, partly as a result of so many things that attract people on Sundays, such as sports and other things that were not available years ago. That does not mean that people don’t have the need for faith in Christ. Our doors are open every Sunday, Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays, and we hope to have them open during the week again soon for the youth of the area.
To contact us, you can call (717) 813-3992, to reach Pastor Brian Betsworth.
We welcome anybody who desires to come to our services, regardless of age, race, sex…
JUST COME AND SEE WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU