Coates Street Presbyterian Church is a historic church in Moberly. The congregation was first organized in 1871 under Rev. H. R. Crockett. By 1895, the church had already grown to 225 members. Our present church building was finished and dedicated on a service in 1896. At that time it cost $18,000 to construct. During the dedication service, the pastor ceremonially tore the mortgage documents to pieces in celebration of paying off their debt. People from all over the town came to join the dedication service such that there were between 1100 and 1200 people present for the joyous occasion. Our building is listed as a “Historic Site in Moberly, MO”.
Cloud of Witnesses Banner Project in 2006
The Bible includes stories of faith from our rich heritage, and testimonies of our fellow believers are powerful encouragement for us all. Coates Street Presbyterian church bears witness to men and women of faith in many ways, visible and invisible. Our stained glass windows reflect God’s light and help us enter into God’s presence while reminding us of our inheritance of faith.
“…to equip God’s people for work in his service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12
Moments of spiritual significance and stories of faith journeys were collected from members and friends at CSPC in September 2005. This project is an adaptation of something done at a cathedral in Chicago celebrating an anniversary of that congregation. Members of that congregation contributed verses, songs, names, or events in celebration of the many years of ministry of that congregation. The banners were hung all along both sides of the main aisle so members walked under them coming in to worship.
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run the race before us looking to Jesus. Hebrews 12:1
The banners hanging in the Sanctuary are also reflections of that light and very visible reminders of our faith journeys. The banners, as symbols of our faith stores, can touch us in many subtle ways. CSPC had the opportunity to enrich the symbols by sharing the full stories with each other.