Catoctin Presbyterian Church is a community growing in faith, hope, love, and witness to Jesus Christ, and extending God’s Kingdom by serving those in need.
In Christ, by the Spirit, we delight in all people!
We packaged over 10,000 meals for those in need during our recent “Rise Against Hunger” event!
Catoctin Presbyterian Church is a welcoming community of believers with long roots in an old farming community that now finds itself in the middle of one of the fastest growing, most affluent counties in the United States. Holding those dynamics in tension is a big part of the “personality” of the congregation.
We have many traditions that we hold dear, and we are trying to respond to contemporary needs in people’s lives. We are farm families and urban commuters, lifelong Presbyterians and converts from other faiths. We have families that have been in the church for seven generations and some who just moved in last year. We try to provide a quiet place of reflection and deepening relationships in a fast-paced, hyper-reactive culture. Our worship is liturgical (that is, structured with written prayers and responses for the people), but it’s not unusual to have someone calling out comments to the preacher during the sermon. The very least you can say is it’s an interesting mix! There’s a good chance we have a place where you will fit right in.
Message from the Pastor
When the congregation was founded over 250 years ago, I’m sure those folk couldn’t imagine the sort of connections we can make today. But even after all this time, the bedrock of our church’s life is still the same. We have faith in Jesus Christ, and we do our best as a community to follow him and to love and support one another and our neighbors.
So, yes, we are a historic church within a historic village. But we have to deal with the challenges of contemporary life like everyone else. We believe discovering who Christ is, being in relationship with Christ and others, and serving Christ by helping our neighbors is what gives life its meaning and purpose. Sometimes we nail it, and sometimes we fail. Either way, we keep trying to help each other down the road. That’s why we say we’re a community growing in faith, hope, love, and witness to Jesus Christ.
We hope you’ll come for a visit sometime soon.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor David Douthett
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