The Only Church on Church Street | Local

If you had asked me a question a month ago about the United Reformed Church of Christ in Huntingdon Abbey, all I could have told you is that it is the only church overlooking Church Street. Along Mifflin Street, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians practically trip over each other within a few blocks, and for good measure, the Springs of Living Water Fellowship occupies a structure at 609 Mifflin which was built in 1909 as a car dealership and later became a fire station. But Church Street only has the abbey church.

What anyone can see from the pavement is that the abbey church has an unusually delicate and lovely spire. And unlike many other churches in the city whose exteriors are flattened to suit their lots, the Abbey Church is set back from the street so it can show off three-dimensional architectural features – muscular stone buttresses that hold the walls and the roof in place, wide stairs, a deep entrance door, a steep roof. Even so, I hadn’t given it much thought.

Martha J. Finley