About Us

Sowing Seeds of Love

Memorial Presbyterian Church of Dayton has been meeting for worship and mission in Dayton, Indiana since 1834. 

Our Approach to Worship

Worship is the highest act of the human spirit. Our worship is centered on the Bible which we believe to be God’s unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior. In our worship we share Christ’s love with one another in a joyous celebration of hope and faith. Early worship services were sometimes held beneath an old oak tree, with a diverse audience that included English, Scots Irish, and German settlers from town and the surrounding farms as well as Indians from the Indian village south of town. All joined together to glorify God.

The Purpose of the Church

“He works on us in all sorts of ways. But above all, He works on us through each other. [People] are mirrors, or “carriers” of Christ to other [people]. Usually it is those who know Him that bring Him to others. That is why the Church, the whole body of Christians showing Him to one another, is so important. It is so easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects — education, building, missions, holding services. … The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw [people] into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other reason.”  —C.S. Lewis