Trinity Reformed Church UCC, Collegeville: April 27, 2014

A place of worship for all people . . .

…in all the seasons of nature and of life, better told in pictures on our website where our history can be read.

250We began through the generosity of Abraham Hunsicker, a local Mennonite farmer who gave his money and land to build Freeland Seminary, a high school for boys, and the Pennsylvania Female College. His ventures had him expelled from the historic Lower Skippack Meetinghouse, vowing to have only a Christian Meetinghouse at Freeland (Collegeville’s  earlier name) with an educated clergy, an ordered church life, and Communion table open to all Christians. His schools’ commitment to abolishing slavery sent students and staff to join the Union Army and the enrollment never recovered. In1869 Freeland Seminary was purchased by the Reformed Church to establish Ursinus College and seminary. The former staff stayed, the newcomers attended St. Luke’s Church in Trappe and Trinity which served as the site for college classes and functions – and still does, but now as a place for students to do volunteer service, including an annual Easter egg hunt. By 1888 the congregation realized it needed larger ties, and so through mutual votes Trinity was received into the college’s Reformed Church.

This history continues to shape Trinity’s worship that centers in the sacraments; its rule that places consensus above contention; its church school and Confirmation classes, and music ministry – Cherub, Junior, Chancel, Youth and Adult Bell Choirs and a fabulous twice-a-year youth musical; its mission outreach from a building open to the community and support groups, to  a private preschool and scout troops, to a Service  and  Project Group  and Senior Wed. meals, to the 23rd year in Appalachia Service Project, to ties with Cuba and Japan’s   Tohoku Gakuin University, to being partnered with St. Peter and Kreuze Churches in Dessau, Germany, and so much more!

To get a glimpse of our new and under construction website that also posts sermons by the Pastor, Rev. Dr. Martha B. Kriebel and Associate Pastor, Rev. Mary Etta Mest.  Visit at:

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