Established in 1858, Leidy's has been serving the Souderton community for over 150 years
Our congregation was established on September 11, 1858 as a German Reformed congregation and shared a building with an Evangelical Lutheran congregation. Our German Reformed congregation was called Immanuel Reformed Church, while the Lutheran congregation was called Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Immanuel Reformed Church, circa 1900
When Souderton Borough was founded in 1887, the Emmanuel Lutheran congregation moved to town and has been on West Broad Street even since. Our Immanuel Reformed Church stayed at the original site on Cherry Lane.
It eventually became necessary to differentiate between Immanuel Church and Emmanuel Church, both located in Souderton. Because our section of Cherry Lane was known as Leidytown, Immanuel Reformed Church became known as Leidy’s Church.
The women of Leidy's at the new organ dedication, 1936
The men of Leidy's at the new organ dedication, 1936
Through several denominational mergers, our name changed through the years from Immanuel German Reformed Church to Immanuel Reformed Church in the U.S. to Immanuel Evangelical & Reformed Church to Immanuel Leidy’s United Church of Christ. Since 1992, however, our congregation has not been affiliated with any wider denominational body and is simply Immanuel Leidy’s Church. Though we are an independent congregation, we seek to be interdependently related to other biblically-grounded congregations in our area.
Leidy's Church addition, 1992
Over the years the original church building at 276 W. Cherry Lane endured several additions and alterations to accommodate a growing congregation. Unfortunately, the landlocked location at 276 eventually necessitated the need for a relocation. In 2016, Immanuel Leidy’s Church moved into a new facility across the street at 273 W. Cherry Lane.
New building at 273 W Cherry Lane, 2016
We give thanks to God as we look back over the years for His continued faithfulness. We are also excited as we look to the future in anticipation of what the Lord is going to do. We continue to seek to magnify the name of the Lord by reaching the lost, building the body, and sending laborers into the harvest.
Sunday in the Shade service, 2022