Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.  The people of the United Methodist Church!

 The United Methodist Church of Chinchilla

411 Layton Road, South Abington Township, PA  18411
Sunday Worship @ 10AM        
Don Gilchrist, Pastor        
570-587-2578        



 

 

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ABOUT US


"I am the LIGHT of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."
~ John 8:12

 

...We're a member of the Susquehanna Conference

a Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Susquehanna Conference Website:  www.susumc.org

The Susquehanna LINK [News]:  www.suslink.org


Who We Are ~ Our Mission and Vision

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A welcoming Christian community, developing personal relationships with God, growing together in love and faith, and promoting social responsibility.  This is our Mission.

Our Vision of the community and each member of the congregation is:  through diligent prayer and genuine love, bring each of us personally and collectively to the understanding of God's work and Will in our lives, our church and our community.   

~  we love and welcome visitors and new members  ~


About the Church Building

Constructed in 1961, is of modern gothic design.  The sanctuary of the church focuses upon the stain glass window showing "The Invitation of Christ".  The lighted brick tower rises 58 feet, housing the bell from the original church.  Approximately 270 persons can be seated in the nave.  Adequate facilities for Sunday School, fellowship and cultural-recreation activities are found in the education wing.
    
The United Methodist Church of Chinchilla celebrated their 125th anniversary in 1993.

 

  

  

Church History

(Abbreviated Version)

     It was in 1818, in the log house of Ephraim Leach that the first Methodist services were held by the Reverend George Peck.   Services were held here in irregular intervals until a frame school house was built on a site across from the present South Abington Elementary School.  Church services were held here in the same manner until 1868.  

     In 1868, the "little white church" was built and dedicated by the Reverend Peck who first conducted services 50 years before.  Egbert Snyder donated the land on which it stood and Giles Leach gave all the hemlock lumber in which it was built.  The little white church was located at the triangle formerly made by the intersection of Clarks Green Road (now known as South Abington Road) and routes 6 & 11. 

     In 1905, the Holgate building was transformed into a church under the direction of the Reverend J.S. Custard.  This was the center of the Christian and social life of the community.  

     Interestingly enough it wasn't until the pastorate of the Reverend John Frey (1913-1914) that the hour of worship was changed from the afternoon to 11:00A.M. one month and 7:30 P.M. the next, alternating with Clarks Green.  About this time the church was wired for electricity.  The bell which still calls worshipers and has hung in three steeples in Chinchilla was procured by the Royal Daughters' Sunday School Class.

     In 1924 a new church was built where route 81 now crosses Layton Road.  Keeping pace with the growth in population was the growth in membership and financial strength of the church.  Services were held here until May 1960 when the church was dismantled to make way for the construction of interstate highway route 81. 

     In 1961, the present day church was constructed on a property purchased from the grandchildren of Egbert Leach, descendant of Ephraim Leach, one of the first settlers of the area. The first worship  services were held on December 24, 1961.
 

 This page was last updated on: 4/04/2016
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Chinchilla United Methodist Church,  411 Layton Road, South Abington Township, PA  18411   [570-587-2578]           
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