The history of Shandon Presbyterian Church

Shandon Presbyterian has a rich heritage that goes back to 1913, when a group in the Shandon neighborhood began meeting for worship and Sunday School. In May 1916 this group formally organized as Shandon Presbyterian Church with 53 members and met at the Shandon Public School. Within a few months a brick building was built at Maple and Wheat streets where the work and worship of the Shandon Church grew with the Shandon neighborhood.

In 1929 a new building was built on Woodrow Street. As growth in membership and ministry continued under outstanding leadership, expansion programs in 1953, 1958, and the late 1960s were needed to enable the mission and ministry to grow as well. The latest building expansion in the mid-1990s included the Activity Center, greatly expanded space for the music programs and youth ministry.

Tom Haggard-exteriorShandon’s multi-faceted program succeeds because of the commitment of its members and staff. Shandon challenges all its members to find their particular place to serve in the church and in the community where they can witness to their faith, seeking to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

Shandon’s weekday ministry with children began with one half-day kindergarten class for five-year-olds in 1958. Today the Child Development Center (CDC) serves almost 300 children. It has three programs, a full-day program for children 8 weeks through 5 years old, a half-day program from 9 a.m. to noon for toddlers through 5 year olds and an after-school program for kindergartners through eighth-graders. Shandon’s fleet of six buses picks up almost 150 students from six local elementary schools and Crayton Middle School, while Hand Middle students walk over. The middle school students meet in the McDonald Youth Center. Please see the CDC website for more information.

Other community ministries include: the oldest continuously chartered Boy Scout Troop in the state, Cub Scouts, the Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center and UKirk SC Campus Ministry at the University of South Carolina. Shandon also participates in a number of community service ministries such as Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, The Cooperative Ministry, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Washington Street Soup Kitchen, Family Shelter, Family Promise and Helping Hands. Shandon also is host to numerous community service organizations.

Today Shandon’s members and visitors may worship at two Sunday services. The music ministry includes the Chancel Choir, two adult handbell groups, a number of instrumental ensembles, as well as choirs and handbell groups for children and youth. There are Sunday School classes for all ages, including adult. Midweek Cafe on Wednesday evenings provides a time for fellowship, meals and educational programs.

Shandon’s multi-faceted program succeeds because of the commitment of its members and staff. Shandon challenges all its members to find their particular place to serve in the church and in the community where they can witness to their faith, seeking to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

Please click here for a chronology of Shandon Presbyterian Church.