Anniversary Events

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.2 Corinthians 5:18

In 2024, Derry Church celebrates 300 years of worshiping in this place. Our 300th Anniversary Committee has prepared an exciting lineup of events throughout the year. Scroll down for details and check back often for updates!

Arts Alive Cultural Events

4 pm Sunday, Mar 17: Hymn Festival directed by Linda Tedford

4 pm Sunday, Apr 7: Paloma School of Irish Dance

4 pm Sunday, May 5: Bob Nowak percussion ensemble

7 pm Friday, June 7: Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass

4 pm Sunday, Oct 6: Thomas Pandolfi, pianist

4 pm Sunday, Nov 3: Silver, Wood & Ivory

3 pm Sunday, Dec 8: Christmas concert featuring Derry Church’s Sanctuary Choir, Derry Ringers and orchestra

Educational Opportunities

The following classes are held 9:15-10:15 am Sundays in Room 7B and streaming

Jan 14: Doctrine of Discovery presented by Rev. Irvin Porter, Associate for Native American Intercultural Congregational Support, PCUSA

Jan 28: A Local Legacy of Native American Peoples presented by David Martin

Feb 11: Watch the documentary Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ.

Feb 18: Scots Irish Migration led by Pastor Stephen and Courtney McKinney-Whitaker 

Feb 25: Carlisle Indian School presented by Kate Theimer

Apr 7 & 14: Native/Settler Relations, Part 1 and Part 2 presented by John Fea, Messiah University.

May 19: Restorative Justice presented by Rev. Irvin Porter


Apr 11-25: Anniversary trip to Scotland/Ireland

May 4: Learning tour focused on regional Native American and European Settler history.

June 24-July 2: Youth trip to Northern Ireland


Sunday, June 2:  Church Picnic

Sept 21-22: Homecoming Weekend

  • 5 pm Saturday, Sept 21:  Homecoming dinner at the Hershey Lodge with keynote speaker, Rev. David Latimer, First Presbyterian Church, Derry, Northern Ireland. Watch for a mailing with details arriving in August.
  • Sunday, Sept 22: Homecoming reception following 10:30 am worship


  • Bi-monthly Moments for celebrating history and the saints of Derry during 8:00 & 10:30 am services
  • Monthly Long Reads exploring our history
  • Heritage Sunday, Apr 28: introduction of commissioned hymn in honor of 300th anniversary
  • Sunday, Sept 22: Rededication of Derry Church cemetery

  Check out our church timeline!