Rose Point RPC is located in New Castle, Pennsylvania and is a part of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies. The congregation was officially organised on 12th April 12, 1834 and currently has 62 communicant members as well as 24 baptized members. Rev Charles A. Brown is our current Pastor.
From as early as 1800, the Rev. John Black was ministering to Reformed Presbyterian communities west of the Alleghenies. Soon, prayer societies were formed, but none were large enough to support a pastor. Therefore, in 1834, the Pittsburgh Presbytery organized the members and officers into one congregation, with seven “branches,” or places of preaching. One of these, the Slippery Rock branch, would later be renamed “Rose Point.”
Our history is simply the story of the Gospel. The good news that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8b) has enlivened and invigorated our congregation for 184 years. We have been served by sixteen pastors, starting with Rev. James Blackwood, who began serving the congregation in 1834, and continuing up to Rev. Charles Brown, who began ministry in 2008. Through the years, we have seen setback, seen progress, and, most of all, seen God’s never-ending mercy and blessing and eternal providence.
Our Labors and Ministries
As our mission statement proclaims, “we seek the advancement of God on earth by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and the whole counsel of God, gathering those who profess Christ into the fellowship of the church, building its members up in their faith and service to one another, training its members to be faithful witnesses for Christ and ministers of his mercy in the world, and worshiping the triune God as he reveals himself in his Word.” To fulfill the Lord Jesus’ order to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:9) the Rose Point congregation hosts such activities as a midweek Prayer Meeting and Bible Study every Wednesday evening, an annual Psalm Sing, held in the autumn, and an annual Vacation Bible School; a week devoted to the spiritual growth of children ages 3-12. Along with these congregational activities, individual members volunteer at organizations including the RP Home, the New Castle City Rescue Mission, the RP Archives, and local jail ministries and crisis pregnancy centers.
The long-term goals of our congregation can be easily summed up in this statement, read at the 75th anniversary of the church in 1909: “We have written of the struggles of our fathers for the sake of the gospel. They have passed on to their reward and left us the responsibility of making the history which the future generations will write. We are admonished by their example, to improve the talents entrusted to us and to let our lights shine; for we know that God has one increasing purpose running through the ages”
- For covenant children to grow in wisdom and understanding
- For God’s blessing in the lives of elderly and home-bound members
- For our witness to be a light in the local community
- For the church body to grow in Christ
This year is the 150th anniversary of the present Rose Point church building, erected in 1868 by members of the church.
Web site: www.RosePointRPC.org