Our History

Immanuel United Church of Christ continues to grow in faith, in fellowship, and in service to the world in Christ’s name.

Milestones on Our Journey

  • 1874

    Nineteen people met in a former school house, then built and dedicated a church.

  • 1880

    Sunday School served as an important source for community activities.

  • 1958

    Cornerstone laid for the current church building at 99 S. Waverly Street

  • 1985

    Immanuel Preschool of Shillington began its ministry, serving children (ages 2-5) and their families

  • 2002

    Church campus was expanded to add classrooms and multi-purpose rooms for service, education, and community gatherings

  • 2015

    Immanuel was designated an Open & Affirming Congregation of the UCC, committed to inclusivity, welcoming and respectful of the dignity of every person

  • 2017

    Worship sanctuary space remodeled to enhance accessibility for all

  • 2020

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Immanuel temporarily transitioned from in-person to online worship. Technology was installed to facilitate live-streaming and recording of worship services, musical offerings, baptisms, and other events.

Serving Our Community and the Larger World

Mission is at the heart of Immanuel. We partner with area organizations such as New Journey Community Outreach Soup Kitchen, Family Promise, and Opportunity House to serve those experiencing poverty and homelessness. Teens and adults also serve beyond the local area, on mission trips to numerous U.S. states and Guatemala.

Immanuel is committed to building relationships with those of other faith traditions. Our friends at the Islamic Center of Reading helped us host the Jesus Fatwah, offering the community reliable information about the Muslim faith and its traditions, and together we have enjoyed ten years of a “Walk To The Bridge”, celebrating fellowship while distributing food and clothing to those in need.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Immanuel served as a hub of activity for collecting, preparing and distributing food to area students and families in need.

Opportunities abound for members and friends of all ages and abilities to utilize their skills and talents in service to others.

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