A Council of the PC(USA) in the Highlands of Virginia.
Abingdon Presbytery seeks by the grace of God to nurture its congregations and pastors and to foster Christian unity among them, and to offer and develop leadership in order that congregations will grow in faith and in numbers, and to exhibit the Kingdom of God, thereby witnessing to the Lordship of Jesus Christ throughout Southwest Virginia and the world.
Office Location: 285 Church Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Send mail to: P.O. Box 317
Wytheville, VA 24382
Voice: (276) 378-7688, Fax: (276) 378-7689
Stated Clerk: Bill Parish
Office Manager: April C. DiYorio
Presbyterian Women’s “Mile of Pennies” Project
The Coordinating Team of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Presbyterian Women is challenging each Presbytery in the Synod to collect a mile of pennies in order to help the historic hotel at the Massanetta Conference Center complete some much-needed renovations. It takes $844.80 to make a mile of pennies. Each of the thirteen Presbyteries in the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic is challenged to raise a mile of pennies between September 1 and November 30. (Any denomination of money will be fine. ) The goal of this mission project is to raise at least $10,982 within our synod.
All monies raised by the churches should be submitted to the treasurers of Abingdon Presbytery Women at each church. The monies should then be sent tp the PW treasurer, Edna Noblett, PO Box 22, Hillsville, Virginia 24343 at the end of November.
The Abingdon Presbytery Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team. They hope each church in our Presbytery will participate. If anyone has questions, please contact Mary Kay Stanberry (276-475-5269) or Elaine Alderman ( 276-728-7711).
Highlighting Our Congregations!
Different congregations in the Presbytery will be highlighted below. Come join us for worship in Abingdon Presbytery!
Bethel Presbyterian Church
Bethel Presbyterian Church is found in the “Bethel community” of Washington County Virginia. It is located off Route 58 outside of the town of Abingdon. The history of Bethel Church dates back to the 18th century when there was only “an altar unto God” and no house of public worship. At first, people built a combination church and school house, but in 1867, it was decided to build a real church with a steeple and altar. Our present church is located on the site where the first church was built.
In 1881, Bethel Church was organized and was enrolled by the Abingdon Presbytery. Rock Spring Presbyterian was the mother church of Bethel, it having been organized in 1784. Since 1881, there has been a Bethel School on the land adjoining, Bethel Church property, the church and the school have been the center of Bethel Community activities and worked hand in hand until the school closed in May 1981.
Bethel Church has made many improvements over the years; an educational wing was added in the late 50’s. An oil furnace replaced a coal furnace and a heat pump was added later. A permanent outside granite Church sign was added in 1980; an Bi-Centennial was celebrated in 1981. Recently we added a roof covering over our main entrance and upgraded our bathroom facilities and paved our parking lot.
Today our church family gathers each Sunday, we first have our Sunday School hour and then we assemble in the sanctuary for morning worship. Our Church is deeply involved in our community; we support the Rhea Valley backpack program, which provides food for needy kids in our area. We are strong supporters of the Presbyterian Children’s home in Wytheville, Virginia and we give money for families needing it during the holiday season and we give financially to our local food bank, Faith in Action. We are now supporting two missionary families, one in the Middle East and one in Africa.
As we move forward, we strive to be a community of believers focused on being a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ in our local area and in the world which lies beyond it to the glory of God.
Have you ever heard the word “Wild” used in the context of church?
Wild Goose Christian Community is a non-traditional worshiping community in Floyd County. Our purpose is simple: to reach out to those that might never darken the door of a traditional church, and to talk about the Good News of Jesus Christ--maybe in a way you've never heard it before.
Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm