ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST has been in the heart of the Shenango Valley since 1862. First gathering at Trout’s Corners (Buhl Farm Drive and East State Street – where Burger King now stands), the congregation moved into the Village of Sharon in 1874. We built and dedicated our present facility on Todd Avenue in Hermitage in 1957. Originally founded as a German Reformed congregation, we became part of the Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1934 and merged with the Congregational Christian Churches in 1957, thus forming the United Church of Christ. Today our membership comes from a variety of Christian traditions.
The people of St. Paul’s strive to be “authentic” Christians in the Shenango Valley. We don’t put on a show, and we don’t act like we invented church. We come with our problems, hangups, and challenges as well as our joys, and we do our best to be faithful to the truths we find in the Bible, the ancient Creeds of the ecumenical church, and the historic confessions of the Reformed tradition. We keep the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the center of our life together, providing direction, comfort, and hope for ALL people.
The mission of our church is “to be a community church, a faithful witness to the Reformed understanding of the Christian faith, preserve unity among its church members, and share our belief in Jesus with others.”
Christianity is a journey — a FAITH journey — and not a destination. If you’re looking for FAITH in the Shenango Valley, we invite you to join us here at St. Paul’s.
You know the children’s hand motions: “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open it up, and here’s all the people.” And you may be wondering where all the photos of people are. Here’s the simple answer. Many churches (and other organizations, for that matter) these days are geared towards extroverts — folks who just love meeting and greeting, making lots of noise, and getting lots of attention. Not us. We ARE a very warm and friendly congregation, but we’re not what one critic calls “happy, clappy.” We offer a place where introverts — people who tend to be more private in their personality and their displays of emotion — are especially welcome. You can stretch out in our pews and not be crowded by “strangers.” You can move around and shake hands (many of our folks do each Sunday) or remain quietly in your place. So because we’re “introvert-friendly,” we leave our members’ photos and prayer needs off our website. And we won’t try to fool you with stock people photos from some advertising agency. Want to see our people? C’mon by for a visit. You’ll be glad you did!