Madison Presbyterian Church
About our Church
An Orange-Madison congregation was organized by West Hanover Presbytery in 1845 with the Reverend Daniel Ewing as pastor. Our congregation was formally established in 1850 when eight men signed a document pledging to build a Presbyterian Church in Madison. The first building was erected in 1852 on the east side of Main Street in Madison. After 107 "pastorless" years, the church installed the Reverend Robert Martin as pastor in 1965. Dr. John Barksdale served as pastor from 1978 until his retirement in 1990. In September 1984, we moved to our present location at U.S. 29 and State Route 722 (Fishback Road). Our new church building was completed in 1985 and a new educational building, the Fellowship Hall, was added in 1998. In 1992, the Reverend John Storey became the first full-time minister. We belong to the Presbytery of the James of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., www.presbyteryofthejames.org which proclaims its desire for broader Christian unity by membership in the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
Morning Worship Service
Each Sunday at 10:00 a.m., our congregation gathers to offer praise to God, to listen to God's word to us, and to enjoy the support and encouragement of our Christian community. Children have a special time in the regular worship services, followed by Children's Church and Sunday School.
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is celebrated on the First Sunday of each month, on Maundy Thursday and on Christmas Eve. Everyone who comes trusting in Jesus Christ may participate. It is our custom to hold each element until all are served, then to partake together. Both wine and grape juice are offered.
We observe the high points of the Christian year with special services in our own congregation, and participate in community worship on Thanksgiving Day and at Easter Sunrise.
Called to care for all God's children, we contribute to meeting the needs of the world through the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
Called to be the family of God, we strongly support one another with visits, encouragement, prayer and food -- whatever love can offer in times of special needs.
Each Sunday morning after worship we meet for coffee, snacks and fellowship with visitors and church members. We gather on a regular basis for education, business or fun as well as covered-dish meals. We hold several annual congregational dinners, including a picnic with Our Lady of the Blue Ridge Catholic Church.
Vacation Bible School
Each summer, Vacation Bible School is offered. Madison Presbyterian offers a theme-based Vacation Bible School for multigenerational attendance. We teach Bible stories, create craft, play games and enjoy a healthy meal.
The talented and dedicated choir provides music at weekly worship and on other occasions. The choir practices at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening. New members are always welcome.
Madison Presbyterian has been recognized as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (USA) for including environmental practices and thinking in our worship, education, facilities and outreach, to help care for God's earth.