To encourage the local settlers, Col. Chambers deeded land for a church and graveyard in 1780, at the intersection of South Main Street and what was then German (now Liberty) Street. The first building was a log schoolhouse. In 1811, the construction of the present structure was begun – with most work completed by 1813.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Zion Reformed Church today continues to serve as a house of praise to God.
Zion is historically unique, in that it is one of three local 'Rose Rent Churches.' In its deed is the stipulation that each June, the congregation pay the annual rent of one rose from the church grounds to a descendant of the Chambers family, “in perpetuity.”
Pastoral Care Available
Rev. Mark Ruzicka – (717) 504-2963
Rev. Peter Emig – (717) 263-3616
Now with off-street parking for our worshipers and visitors!
|Church School||9:30 AM|
|Regular Worship||10:45 AM|
|Summer Worship||9:00 AM|
* Summer worship begins the First Sunday in July and ends with Labor Day Weekend
Our Sanctuary and Social Rooms are Handicap Accessible
Selection and cutting of the 2018 rose for payment of the annual 'Rose Rent'
Lighting of the crystal chandelier at Christmas Eve services December 24, 2017
Zion Reformed United Church of Christ has stood at the corner of South Main
and Liberty Streets in downtown Chambersburg for nearly 250 years.
Through those many years, we are united as one church, serving Christ!
An Original Historic
Established in 1780
The city was Chambersburg, Pennsylvania — at the time a small town located at an intersection of thriving agriculture, commerce and local-made goods, a junction for travel to the busy cities of the north or south. A stop-over point perhaps, as travelers sought rest while on their way further west over
the mountains of the rugged and ever-expanding “western
Frontier” of a new nation.
Originally founded in 1764 as a fort, the town was settled by Colonel Benjamin Chambers, just 15 miles north of the line later officially surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon.
Quickly after its founding, the town grew with an influx
of German immigrants. They migrated from the Palatinate area of Germany to the Cumberland Valley, an area that so closely resembled their homeland. Their German Reformed faith came with them.
Without a building, they gathered first in the Inn (and tavern) of Nicholas Snider – in the northwest corner of the town Square – and with help from a Rev. Faber of Hagerstown,
Maryland, formed a congregation in 1778.