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.
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
COVID-19 UPDATE - as of September 8
With the recent resurgence of COVID-19 in our area,
especially with the DELTA Variant, your church and consistory strongly suggest that those attending services and functions wear a facemask. This guidance is NOT mandatory.
Also for the time being, only the church choir will sing our hymns – we ask that those in the pews please refrain from singing to help protect your nearby parishioners.
From left, Lois Picking, James George (7th generation Chambers Family), Mara Smith (Zion Church representative who presented the Rose) and Interim Pastor Bob McFarlane, reading the Rose Rent proclamation for 2021. Mike Barnhart ceremonially cut the red rose for Zion!
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If the pandemic has kept you apart from us, please help support the many missions of Zion! Our assistance to those less fortunate continues during these challenging times, and our financial needs for the ongoing upkeep of our church continues. Be a part of our gift-giving. Send your check to: Treasurer, Zion Reformed Church, 259 S. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.
Click on the flyer at the left to download, read and printout our new Zion Reformed UCC church brochure. This piece is now available at our local visitor centers and Chamber,
to help us spread the news of our history, heritage and family activities here at Zion!
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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.”