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First Presbyterian Church Biloxi, celebrating 125 years on the Coast

NANCY BAKER FAUL/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDFirst Presbyterian Church Biloxi, 1340 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.
NANCY BAKER FAUL/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDFirst Presbyterian Church Biloxi, 1340 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.

BILOXI -- In 1891, there was a Methodist church (established in 1842) that drew people came from miles around.

Many of those people traveled from the New Orleans area. Leaders of the Methodist church knew there were people from other religions attending their services each week.

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The church invited a Civil War veteran minister, the Rev. Thomas Markham of Lafayette, La., to preach one Sunday.

He met with the Presbyterians in the congregation after the worship services and one month later that handful of people formed First Presbyterian Church in Biloxi.

The first sanctuary was built in 1892 for about $2,500. Today's church is on Biloxi's front beach and draws people from far and wide.

First Presbyterian of Biloxi is now collecting old pictures, historical documents and stories from the church's past. If you have any information that would be beneficial to the church's efforts, they ask you go call the church.

Throughout May, the Rev. Tim Horn, pastor of the church, will deliver messages from the book of Hebrews as part of the church's month-long celebration to honor its 125 years.

Horn has a degree in mass communications from Auburn University and a master of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson.

He has served churches in Little Rock, Ark., Jackson, Clarksdale and Cheltenham, England.

Each Sunday, Horn plans to highlight a different part of the church's history.

Vacation Bible School will be held at the church June 27-30 from 9 a.m. until noon. Classes are for children entering Kindergarten through those entering 6th grade. This year's VBS is titled "The Scottish Sleuths and The Case of the Puzzling Parables."

The church supports 15 missionaries throughout the world, is part of the Presbyterian Church in America and is always collecting disaster relief goods to send wherever they are needed.

First Presbyterian Church Biloxi serves the Lord's Supper every first Sunday of the month during regular worship services. They also hold a potluck luncheon after services the second Sunday of every month.

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