Neither fire or explosions or epidemics or floods or even an earthquake have felled First Presbyterian Church of Maysville. Today, the church stands strong and is preparing to celebrate its 200th anniversary. Two hundred years ago, on June 14, 1817, Rev. Robert Wilson and Elder William Rickey of the Washington Presbyterian Church met with Elder Robert Robb and Elder John Boyd of the Cabin Creek Ebenezer Presbyterian Church of Lewis County to organize the First Presbyterian Church of Maysville, Kentucky. On subsequent Sundays Rev. Wilson walked four miles to and from Washington to conduct services at the new church in Maysville. To give witness to that founding event of two centuries past First Presbyterian will celebrate on Sunday June 11, 2017. The church will worship at 10:45 a.m. Rev.Philip Lotspeich, General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Transylvania will deliver the sermon. Worship will be followed by a luncheon for members and guests, special music by Choir Director Nicholas Denham and presentations by Bob Hendrickson and by me. In addition, there will be a tour to Maysville Cemetery where some pastors of the church are interred. First Presbyterian Church erected its first building in 1835, on a lot where the Washington Opera Theater now stands, 116 W.2nd St. It was known as the “Old Blue Church,” modeled after St. Clement Danes in London, England. (pictured) It had a tall steeple and was painted a deep blue. It lasted only 15 years, succumbing to fire in April of 1850. Less than three months later the church was on the rebound. Andrew and Sarah January deeded property in June of 1850 for the construction of a new church. In December of 1850 the church was able to worship in the first floor of the yet unfinished building. The church was finished in 1852. Ascending either staircase to the sanctuary you came upon a framed notice, “All seats in this church are free.”
This fire would not be the last challenge to the church. Nor the last challenge to be surmounted. God’s providence has been in great evidence throughout the years.
Over 200 families are served by the Mason County Food Bank each month. Please keep bringing non-perishable food donations each week to our basket in Fellowship Hall. Please also consider a financial contribution to Limestone Ministries, Inc. and/or the Mason County Food Bank, because despite regular food donations from area churches, food still needs to be purchased each month. Mason County Food Bank is the only one available since the Calvary Baptist Food Bank closed. Any non-perishable item will be accepted, but the most needed items are: spaghetti sauce, boxed spaghetti, macaroni & cheese dinners, dried beans, saltine crackers, cornbread mix, peanut butter, oats, cereal, canned soup, canned vegetables, and canned fruit. Cash donations are welcome also! If you write a check, please make it payable to the First Presbyterian Church and put ‘FOOD BANK’ on the memo line.
June 11, 2017 is the date we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of our church.
The Bicentennial Committee would appreciate help in locating former members of the church. If you know of anyone, please leave their names, address or emails at the office. Thank you for your help!