On March 16, 1911, a three-year old Sunday school program realized their ultimate goal when the First Presbyterian Church of Bessemer was chartered by the Presbytery of Shenango. Within its first several years, it had a great impact on the community. The church grew quickly, and has not only a long history of sharing and living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Bessemer community.
During the 1980's, the death of the industries which were the backbone of Western Pennsylvania's economy, was felt in Bessemer, as well. As the major industries downsized or shut down operations, and as stores began to close, citizens began to move away, the nature of the Bessemer community changed. As a result, the dynamics of the congregation changed. This, coupled with a changing cultural view of organized religion and internal struggles within the congregation, led to a decline within the church. Through many struggles over the 20 years that followed, the people of Bessemer Presbyterian never gave up hope; however, by 2006, there was wide-spread fear that the congregation would be dissolved and the church's doors closed forever.
Beginning in 2007, under new leadership, armed with hope for the future and with a willingness to take risks, the people of Bessemer Presbyterian Church discovered a new vision for ministry in their community and of life together as a congregation. Today, the Bessemer Presbyterian Church remains a small but vital congregation which is true to its original mission: to serve the Bessemer Community by proclaiming and living out the Good News of Jesus Christ. Indeed, Bessemer Church is a church of resurrection hope, and a testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit to breathe new life even into situations of death and despair. In all we do, we seek to offer that same resurrection hope and power of the Holy Spirit. We seek to give a glimpse of the Kingdom of God that Jesus ushered into this world, and to allow the Kingdom to break into the lives of individuals and the life of the community that surrounds us.
Worship & Grow with us
Worship with us this summer
sundays at 10:00 a.m.
The service usually lasts a little over an hour. Each Sunday features the reading of Scripture, a sermon connecting the texts with daily life, prayers and lots of music. We celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (Communion/Eucharist) on the first Sunday of each month and on special days in the life of the church. We celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism as the need arises. Finally, there is child care during the service for young children, and children's activities for those who remain in worship. To learn more about worship at BPC, please follow this link.
Grow With Us sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Apart from worship, the primary time of growth happens on Sunday mornings in our "Sunday LIGHT" (Learning in God's House Together) program. It features Bible study gatherings for children of all ages and two adult gatherings. There is also nursery care provided during Sunday LIGHT. (On break until August 26, 2018)
Or with our youth ministry
We also feature a youth ministry for children from pre-school age through junior high called CLiCK. It meets the first and third Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. (On break until September 17, 2018)
For more information on those, please follow this link to learn more.
Frequently asked questions
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The mission of the Bessemer Presbyterian Preschool is to provide a quality pre-school program with developmentally appropriate learning experiences and connections to early-learning resources in the context of a nurturing Christian environment.
Our teacher/director, Mary Kay Leslie, holds a college degree and has 10 years experience in the early childhood setting. Our assistant teacher, Lindsey Henry, also holds a college degree in early childhood education and experience in the classroom . Mrs. Leslie and Mrs. Henry are devoted to helping your children reach their full potential and develop positive character traits that will last them throughout their lives.
Announcements & Events
our Location and how to contact us
LOCATION: Bessemer Presbyterian Church is located at 29 North Main Street in Bessemer, Pennsylvania. To access maps and directions, use the map below.
PARKING is located in the Bessemer Borough lot across the street, with handicap parking available along N. Main and Roosevelt Avenues.
You will spot the main entrance under the portico that adjoins N. Main Street (please use caution as you cross the street). The church is handicap accessible by means of chair lifts to each floor. Greeters will meet you at the entrance to the sanctuary and will assist you in any way they can.
Bessemer Presbyterian Church
29 North Main St.
P. O. Box #42
Bessemer, PA 16112
Phone: 724. 667. 7255
Fax: 724. 667. 4266
Preschool Phone: 724. 667. 4130 Preschool Email: firstname.lastname@example.org