Old Goshenhoppen Reformed Church is full of regular people just like you. You’ll see all generations and all walks of life gathered to connect more deeply with Jesus, with other people, and with God’s ongoing mission to bless this world. We’re not perfect, by any means, but we’re living with a passion to follow Jesus more closely all the time and to help others do the same.
Your first time at a church, any church, can bring up some questions. Here are some of the common ones…
What time should I come?
Each Sunday, our our worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. We would suggest that you get here a few minutes early to find a seat and collect your thoughts before we begin. You are welcome to sit wherever you would like.
What should I wear?
Most people dress casually here, but as with most things at Old Goshenhoppen, we’re diverse. You’ll see some folks in shorts and some in ties or dresses, so come as you feel most comfortable. Our Pastor wears a clerical robe to reflect his vocation of Minister of the Word. What we’ll make sure you see when you get here, though, are welcoming faces with smiles on them.
What should I expect in the service?
First of all, our worship services are held upstairs in the sanctuary. Our services are pretty traditional, but not stodgy. The service (called a liturgy) reflects our Protestant and Reformational roots. Our worship includes prayers, confession, readings, music, a sermon, communion once a month, and various ways for the congregation to participate. But don’t worry, everything you need to know is printed in a bulletin you’ll receive when you come. You can follow along or just observe. You’ll notice that our service is centered on God and looks to the Bible for guidance and inspiration.
Is there an offering in the service?
Our offerings are for those who consider Old Goshenhoppen their home and who are part of the mission here. Instead of wanting you to give something, we want you to get something! Of course, if you insist to give something we will not mind.
What is available for my kids?
We’re a church that loves to have the whole family in worship so everyone can be together and grow together spiritually. We have a clean, safe nursery and Sunday school programs staffed by great volunteers. On Communion Sunday, we include a childrens’ message. After the childrens’ message (or the offering on other Sundays), the nursery is available for children ages 3 and under.
How do I get there and where should I park?
We have a large parking lot across from the church. There is also handicap parking right next to the church. We have a handicap ramp and chair lift available for those with special needs.
Where can I meet other people?
For a smaller church, we actually have a lot of opportunities for you to meet people. We have coffee fellowship after service once a month. We have Social Sunday on the last Sunday night of each month. We have a youth group and a women’s fellowship that meets regularly. In addition, each September we host the Oyster Picnic, one of our region’s largest church picnics. This brings thousands of people together or a great day of food, music, and gathering together as a community. These are all great places to get to know others.
What does the “Reformed” mean in your name?
We’re part of a group of churches that connects way back to the 1500s when there was a great renewal in the churches in Europe. That period was called the Reformation – a time when a lot of Christians reformed their spiritual lives in order to get reconnected with God through the scriptures. So our name reflects that heritage.
What’s with the name Old Goshenhoppen?
As pioneers moved out of Philadelphia in the early 1700’s, they established a settlement at a place they called Old Goshenhoppen. The origin of this name probably has its roots in the Indian chief called Shakahoppa who controlled much of the land along the Perkiomen Creek. The early settlers apparently Germanicized his name, and Shakahoppa’s region became the Goshenhoppen region. Our area, being closer to Philadelphia, was settled earlier, so it was called Old Goshenhoppen; the area around East Greenville was settled later and called New Goshenhoppen.