250th Birthday Celebration




The Session of Philadelphia Church and the 250 Anniversary Committee Cordially invites you and the entire community to our 250 Celebration September 18 and 19, 2021

Initially scheduled for September 2020, Philadelphia Church in Mint Hill postponed celebrating 250 years of worship and mission until September 2021. We are excited to now extend our warmest invitation to help us remember our history and celebrate where God is leading our community and congregation.  

This two-day event begins Saturday, September 18 from 1:00 to 4:00. Unique and exciting activities will include Voices from the Past tour, a Gospel Jubilee, historic brick making, colonial hearth cooking, churned ice cream, horse and buggy rides.

Guests are invited to make a brick with creek sand, red dirt, and water from the faucet (not the spring) and put them in the sun to dry. Church history tells that German settlers from the Morningstar Lutheran Church taught members at Philadelphia to make bricks for the construction of the third Sanctuary built in 1826. Two previous churches, both thought to be log structures, burned. That brick structure, now called the Chapel, has been in continuous use for 195 years

Members dressed in period costumes will portray church and community leaders in our Voices from the Past tour. These Voices include Rev. Alexander Craighead, fiery circuit preacher; John Bain, builder of Bain Academy; Carl McEwen; Anne and Baxter Bigham; Adam Alexander, signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence; Peggy Todd Helms; Nancy and Rev. Russell Kerr; Josiah McCall, wounded at Jamestown and died shortly thereafter; Tina and Steve Ross and many more.

Guests are invited to visit the wall of memories inside the rotunda area, see the 250-anniversary quilt in the Sanctuary, listen to a gospel singing medley in the Chapel, enjoy homemade ice cream, ride in a horse drawn cart, listen to the Charlotte Folk Musicians and purchase a special handmade pottery coffee mug.

On Sunday, Philadelphia will welcome Rev. Mary Jane Kerr Cornell to the pulpit. She is the daughter of Rev. Russell and Nancy Kerr and grew up in Mint Hill, living in the church manse, attending Bain School, and graduating from Independence High School. Following the Scots-Irish tradition, approximately 40 members will carry tartans representing their family clan. This beautiful ceremony called Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans will be led by a bagpiper, the clergy, and the tartan bearers.

The Session of the Church and the 250 Anniversary Committee cordially invites the entire community to join in this two-day celebration. The purpose of this historic celebration is not to glorify the deeds of our ancestors but to inspire us all to serve more effectively in the present.

January 26, 2020
February 2,2020 
February 9, 2020
February 16, 2020
February 23, 2020 
March 1, 2020 
March 8, 2020 
March 15, 2020
March 22, 2020 
March 29, 2020
April 5, 2020   
April 12, 2020
April 19, 2020 
April 26, 2020
May 3, 2020 
May 10, 2020
May 24, 2020 
May 31, 2020
June 7, 2020 
June 14, 2020 
June 21, 2020 
June 28, 2020 
July 5, 2020 
July 12, 2020 
July 19, 2020 
July 26, 2020 
August 2, 2020
August 16, 2020
 23, 2020
August 30, 2020
September 6, 2020
September 13, 2020 
September 20, 2020 
September 27, 2020
October 4, 2020 
October 11, 2020
October 18, 2020 
October 25, 2020 
November 1, 2020  
November 8, 2020 
November 15, 2020 
November 22, 2020  
November 29,2020
December 6, 2020