Second Street Presbyterian Church was formed in the fall of 1940 when a group got together for the purpose of organizing a new Presbyterian Church in Albemarle.
This group rented a building, formerly Napier’s Garage, on Concord Road to serve as their worship center. The portion in which the services were held was originally a blacksmith shop behind a service station. The service station portion was used as the church office.
In June of 1943, three lots were purchased on South Second Street to be used as a building site for the church as soon as such building was permissible by the government. (The country was now involved in World War II — in which many members of this church were sent)
Eventually the church was built. Construction was supervised by J. D. Harwood and Son. A remarkable feature of the building was that no architect was employed to draw its plans. E. G. McCullough of Albemarle submitted a sketch of the proposed building after consultation with the building committee, and this sketch was carried out almost in its entirety in the finished building.
On September 22, 1946, exactly six years to the day from that first meeting, the church opened its doors and the new building was dedicated.
On February 27, 1972, the church voted to construct an educational building to house Sunday School and nursery rooms as well as a fellowship hall for church and church-related activities. Before the new building was built, this purpose had been served in a welding shop beside the manse that was purchased on November 27, 1972. Ground was broken in special ceremonies on March 19, 1972. The Building was completed in a little over a year, and was dedicated on May 27, 1973. The Educational Building is connected to the main church building and faces Hearne Street. It has the same architectural style as the main sanctuary.
The Tabernacle — First Place of Worship
The first meeting was at the above tabernacle-type building on September 22, 1940.
At that service the congregation sang “Face to Face” which is still sung each year on the anniversary of that first meeting. The anniversary is held on the Sunday each year closest to September 22.
New Church Building: 1946 ~ Present
First Hymn Used in Church
Face to Face
Face to face with Christ my Savior
Face to face, what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ, who died for me?
Only faintly now I see Him,
With the darkling veil between
But a blessed day is coming
When His glory shall be seen
What rejoicing in His presence,
When are banished grief and pain;
When the crooked ways are straightened,
And the dark things shall be plain!
Face to face! Oh, blissful moment!
Face to face — to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer
Jesus Christ, who loves me so.
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