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St. George's Hellertown celebrates 100

Church2 On Sunday, November 9, St. George’s Hellertown will celebrate 100 years of worship, witness, and service. Bishop Paul Marshall will be the celebrant and preacher at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist. Special music will be provided by the Brass Band from the First United Church of Christ of Hellertown. Clergy who formerly served the congregation have been invited to participate. After a social hour at the church, the festivities will continue with a banquet at The Meadows at 1:00 p.m.

Original_churchcarsons Founded as a mission of the Diocese of Bethlehem in 1908, the congregation first gathered for worship on November 8 of that year on the second floor of the building which was, until recently, Carson’s Hardware Store. For many years, the congregation was served by clergy and seminarians from Leonard Hall in Bethlehem. The first church building was located at Main and Wagner streets in Hellertown. In 1950, the present building at 735 Delaware Ave was completed just in time for Christmas services. As the parish grew, a church school wing was added in 1967. The congregation attained parish status in 1976. In 2007 the parish mounted a 100th anniversary capital fund drive to install air-conditioning and new windows in the church.

Through the years, St. George’s has had a strong tradition of caring for the less fortunate members of the parish and the community. Today, the parish continues this commitment to outreach and sharing, staffing the local food pantry, and  supporting  the New Hope Campaign and local ministries such as Turning Point, Victory House, and New Bethany Ministries. A Quilters group has been coming together weekly to work on their handcraft since 1927. The present rector, the Rev. Raymond Harbort, says, “St. George’s is a small parish with a big heart.”

A few photos from the 1920s, 30s and 40s may be downloaded as a pdf file below.

Download StGeo-EarlyPics.pdf

For further information, contact:
The Reverent Raymond Harbort, Rector
St. George’s Episcopal Church
735 Delaware Ave.
Hellertown, PA  18055
610 838 9355
[email protected]


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