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About Us

A Warm Welcoming Congregation in West York, Pennsylvania

West York Church of the Brethren is open to all who seek a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We lead our congregation in worship, deepening the connection to God, understanding the teachings of Christ, and ultimately to a vibrant faith.


We have a long, proud history of serving the people of York County. Through the dedication of our leadership, staff members and volunteers, we are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and are here to spread His message. Contact us today to find out more about becoming part of a loving, caring community of Christians at West York Church of the Brethren.

 

Affirmation of Faith

  • This congregation is founded upon the faith that there is, but one God who is a personal God who in Holy love creates, sustains and orders all.

  • Confesses Jesus Christ as the Lord of the Church and of all life.

  • Believes that the Holy Spirit is at work in the hearts and minds of believers, creating and sustaining the Church through the gospel, giving guidance and comfort and uniting believers with their Lord and with one another.

  • Maintains the New Testament as its only creed and rule of faith. In the Holy Scriptures is recorded God's search for all persons which is climaxed in God's redemptive act, in and through Christ. Through the Bible, God still speaks and continues to present the message of salvation and redemption.

  • Believes that the gospel is the good news, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. Through the gospel, God's sovereign will and Christ’s redeeming grace are revealed.

  • Holds that the Church is the body of Christ and is under the Lord's mandate to be faithful in accepting and transmitting the gospel by word and deed.

  • Considers that all members of the congregation, as the body of believers, are responsible for the total ministry of the church.

  • Accepts the ministry of the Church to be the proclamation and fulfillment of the gospel for all people both near and far, and the nurture of individual believers in the Christian faith and life.

  • Views itself in partnership with all other denominations who proclaim and serve Jesus Christ as Lord.
  • Supports a denominational office, at Elgin, Illinois.

  • Sponsors four colleges, two universities, one seminary.

  • Sponsors homes for the aging.

  • Is involved in World Mission and Outreach programs.

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Our Local Congregation

  • Was begun in 1966. The original building was erected in 1969, with additions built in 1983 and in 2003.

  • Offers weekly opportunity for church school classes and various planned fellowship activities.

  • Supports and sponsors special activities throughout the year, such as Vacation Bible School, Bible Study Groups, youth and ecumenical meetings.

  • Supports a pastoral ministry for preaching, teaching, counseling, visitation, and maintenance of the program of the Church.

  • Sponsors the Child Education Center for three to five-year-old children.

 

Our District

  • Southern Pennsylvania District represents 36 congregations (of which 3 are fellowships) in central Pennsylvania with a membership of 4,039 (as of 04/2021).

  • Supports ministry through four institutions: The Brethren Home Community, Camp Eder, Children's Aid Society and Elizabethtown College.

  • Maintains a District Office at 3375 Carlisle Road, Suite A, Gardners,  Pennsylvania.

  • Is involved in program planning and support ministries on behalf of its members’ congregations.​

 

Our Denomination


  • Was born in 1708 at Schwarzenau, Germany, as an effort to put into practice the teachings of the New Testament.

  • Represents the Anabaptist and Pietist strands of Christianity.

  • Practices the Love Feast and Communion Service. Also, provides a minimum of two bread and cup services per year (John 13:1-17; 1 Corinthians 11:21).

  • Practices the Anointing Service as explained in James 5:13-16.

  • Teaches that conflict should be resolved through peaceful means. War is considered contrary to the teaching of Christ (Matthew 5:38 – 48).

  • Cherishes religious freedom and honors the convictions of individual believers.

  • Practices trine immersion, believer's baptism (Mark 16:16, Matthew 28:19-20).

  • Holds the New Testament as its creed.