First Presbyterian Church (Washington, Pennsylvania)
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|Location||Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.|
The First Presbyterian Church 1793, alternatively known as the First Presbyterian Church, is a Presbyterian church in Washington, Pennsylvania. It has been the de facto college church for Washington & Jefferson College since the early 19th century. It's under the Washington Presbytery.
It was founded in 1793 under the auspices of the Presbytery of Redstone. Matthew Brown, who was President of Washington Academy at the time, was the first pastor. The congregation first met in the stone academy building of the Washington Academy.
Then, the congregation worshipped at the second courthouse, where the pastor would stand in the judge's bench and preach to the congregation. The congregation acquired its first building in 1806. As Washington progressed beyond the pioneer stage, the townsfolk began to partake in more leisurely activities, including the playing of cards and attending dances. Reverend Matthew Brown gave a rebuke to this immorality in a famous sermon known as the Serpent Sermon.
The church operates the Matthew Brown Fellowship, a faith-based program that selects several Washington & Jefferson College students with local charitable organizations. In addition to the charity work, Matthew Brown Fellows work attend monthly study groups with other Fellows. The program encompasses the Matthew Brown Music Scholars program, which selects two student-musicians to practice and perform with the First Presbyterian Church's choir.
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