250th Birthday

A decade before the United States was founded men, women, and children gathered in a brush arbor on Clear Creek to worship.  On January 24, 1770, an agreement was signed with Providence Presbyterian Church to officially form CLEAR CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, to stand and abide by each other and to share the labors of a Gospel Minister.
Thus, began the history of one of the oldest churches in the just named county of Mecklenburg.  
In each week's church bulletin, a Kerr Kronicle will tell a snippet of interesting facts chronicled in The Presbyterian Gathering on Clear Creek, a history of the church written by Rev. Russell Kerr, a former pastor. Videos of interviews will be shown on the sanctuary monitors regularly.
On your birthday in 2020 be sure to contribute the amount of your age (we won't tell)to the Birthday Endowment.  It's a great way to help finance the Building and Grounds Ministry and our beloved aging buildings. And then—please remember the birthday of the church and give an additional $250 during the year. Watch for special events throughout the year.

Happy Birthday Philadelphia!


January 26, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 1 

February 2,2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 2

February 9, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 3

February 16, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 4

February 23, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 5

March 1, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 6

March 8, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 7

March 15, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 8

March 22, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 8

March 29, 2020 - Kerr Kronicles Volume 9


Plans are well underway for year long events leading to our 250th Anniversary Celebration beginning in January. We are looking for volunteers to help out with these events, such as tour guides (in costume, which we will provide), greeters, historical researchers, display and exhibit enthusiasts and more. Join in the fun of this significant celebration. 

If you want to volunteer, interview or donate frames, contact Becky Griffin 704-545-5766 or .

Mark Your Calendars

Voices From the Grave Voices From the Grave will be a fascinating and entertaining event at our 250th Celebration in September. People representing notable folks who have influenced our lives here at Philadelphia will tell “their” story during a cemetery tour on Saturday, September 19. Golf carts will provide transportation for those who choose not to walk. Please submit the name of someone you would like considered and tell us why they were important in your faith journey. The following names have been submitted: Ned Dorton, Andy Woods, Peggy Helms, Dot Waltman, Bill Tilley, Ralph Leete, Mrs. Barr, Fred Brown, Jim Lonon, Tina Ross, John Bain, Carl McEwen. Contact the 250th Committee if you you would like to participate in this event. Other activities will be announced later for the big two day celebration. On May 2, the Philadelphia 250th Committee invites you to participate in the Discover Mint Hill Event at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. The Philadelphia String Band will perform in the bandstand. We’ll pass out invitations for the community to attend the Homecoming Celebration in September as well balloons with Bible verses, which our Kingdom kids are making. The Committee is also planning an exhibit to tell the history, future missions and activities of Philadelphia Church. Happy 250th Birthday