The Milton Presbyterian Church has been gathering for worship in the Rittman community for 141 years. It is one of more than 11,000 churches in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our particular denomination traces its roots to the Protestant Reformation and adheres to the concept of democratic rule under the authority of God.
Our congregation regularly brings around 50 people together every Sunday morning for worship and has around 100 active members of all ages. A caring and open focus on inter generational and inclusive relationships really make the church feel like a close family who is always ready to welcome new faces who found their way home.
The word Presbyterian is derived from the Greek word in the New Testament that is translated as Elder. Leaders for the local church are chosen among the spiritually mature members of the congregation and they are known as Elders. In the Milton Presbyterian Church, we also publicly recognize through ordination and installation the unique and necessary gifts of leadership from the Deacons, derived from the Greek word for servant, and Trustees who are entrusted with the funds and physical assets of the church.
Guided by the perfect example of God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, we aspire to serve God together using the talents and gifts in our congregation. Crafted by leaders in the church and affirmed by our members, our Mission Statement helps to orient our service and work as we reach out to the world in the love of Christ.
Believing in one Lord, one faith, and one baptism, the Milton Presbyterian Church, as the Body of Christ, will carry out the ministry of Jesus within the congregation, within our community, and to the world.
Crafted by leaders in the church and affirmed by our members, our Mission Statement helps to orient our service and work as we reach out to the world in the love of Christ.
To accomplish our mission we will:
- Experience God’s presence through worship, prayer, Bible study, the sacraments, fellowship, and service;
- Demonstrate our Savior’s compassion through our daily lives to those in need;
- Give our time, our talents, and our material possessions according to God’s gift of them;
- Share the Good News of Jesus Christ by word and deed to all the world.
- Moved by the Holy Spirit, our mission as a congregation of forgiven and loved disciples will be carried out in the Name of God.
The governance of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination is shared by smaller groups of regional churches known as Presbyteries. The Milton Presbyterian Church is on the very northern edge of the Muskingum Valley Presbytery, a group of about 80 churches in southeastern Ohio.