Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Historical Change - United Presbyterian Church

When the Crayne United Presbyterian Church was organized in 1892 it was a Cumberland Presbyterian Church, started from members of the Piney Fork CP Church.  These people lived in the Crayneville area and found it difficult to travel the distance to Piney Fork to attend services.

In 1907 the church denomination changed and became a United Presbyterian Church U.S.A. congregation.  In 1983 the United Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Presbyterian Church in the United States reunited to form the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  The church remained a United Presbyterian Church for 104 years.

This past fall history has once again changed the future of the church.  Article written Nov. 17, 2011 by pastor, Tommy Hodge.  It reads: Crayne Church Changes Name.  Crayne Presbyterian Church USA, a longtime member of the Western Kentucky Presbytery and the National Presbyterian Church, has severed ties to the national church and changed its name.  The church will further be known as Crayne Community Church.  The change stems from a controversial change in policy by the parent organization.

Earlier this year, the nation Presbyterian Church USA voted into effect potential practices that completely contradict the teaching of the Bible, which the Crayne Church holds as their standard of living.  The Presbyterian national assembly last year endorsed removing a rule that banned openly gay men and lesbians to serve as pastors in the church.  

The Crayne Church felt led by God to take a stand against this moral decline and didn't want to be associated with the national assembly that approved this decision.

The church hasn't changed and worshiping the Lord will continue as it has in the years past. The only change will be the changing of the name, which is now the Crayne Community Church.

Crayne Community Church located on the Crayne Cemetery Road.

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