The Greater Canonsburg Houston Ministerial Association has been in continuous existence for more than half a century. The ministries of the Association have grown out of the monthly meeting of the ordained leaders. Priests, pastors, and ministers represent over two dozen congregations: Protestant, Orthodox and Roman Catholic located in Canonsburg, Houston, Meadow
Lands, Strabane, and Chartiers and North Strabane Townships. Another element is provided by the attendance of representatives from the Washington City Mission, Campus Life, and other ministries that serve Christ and humanity outside the walls of the congregations.
The Association expresses its unity in Jesus Christ in three ways: ecumenical worship, continuing ministries, and responses to community life.
As far back as the mid 1970’s the association sponsored a Thursday evening Lenten worship series, a three hour Good Friday service, and a Thanksgiving service. In recent years, a Palm Sunday “cross walk” concluding at Speer Spring Cemetery, and an Easter Sunrise service have been added. During Canonsburg’s Bicentennial celebration in 2002, a service was held at the historic auditorium of Jefferson Academy.
A meals on wheels program, a community food pantry, a hospital chaplaincy program at Canonsburg General Hospital, a free Thanksgiving Dinner, a Christmas Toy Closet, and a voucher program for persons in need have all been in full swing since 1980.
The Association has always responded to community concerns. Decades ago it offered mediation services to striking teachers, factory workers, and hospital service personnel. In 2004 at group of twelve clergy and laity formed the Interfaith Flood Recovery Team in response to record rain that damaged dozens of homes in Houston and Lawrence. In 2017, we are partnered with Moving Communities Forward to bring together personal and professional resources to address a dramatic increase in drug addiction and fatal drug overdoses.