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Wills For Heroes


A program co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, "Wills for Heroes" provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. "Wills for Heroes" provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations.

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On Saturday, February 25, 2017, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders, sworn personnel, and Military Veterans, and their spouses/significant others. Please be advised that proof of affiliation for first responders and sworn personnel and proof of military service for veterans (DD Form 214) will be requested at the event.

The February 25th event is being held at The Baptist Church in the Great Valley located at 945 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 19333 (Chester County), beginning at 11 am. An appointment for each person lasts approximately 1 hour (or approximately 2 hours per couple), and at the conclusion of your appointment(s) you will have notarized legal documents – a Will, Living Will, and Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney (or any combination thereof).

If you select that you are coming with a spouse/significant other, the computer will automatically schedule the second appointment for your spouse/significant other so you do not need to schedule a separate appointment for your spouse/significant other. You will have back-to-back appointments but you should arrive together for the first scheduled appointment time. Please schedule your appointment(s) early as this event is sure to fill up fast.

Appointments must be scheduled online at: www.pabar.org/wfh/ The password is: WFH


Our Annual Meeting and Luncheon was a great success. Thanks to all who prepared the food and the Book of Reports and Election Materials. Congratulations to the new board and committee members! 

Photos from Sunday, January 29, 2017.



Welcome to The Baptist Church in the Great Valley. Founded by 16 Welsh Baptists on April 22, 1711, our church and we, its members, are proud of our 303 years of continuous Christian service in this community. We worship and study on ground rich in American history. While we strive to revere and learn from the past, we endeavor to have a creative program that meets the needs and issues of the present.

We worship each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM in our historic Meeting House. All are welcome. Nursery care is available during the worship service.

The Baptist Church in the Great Valley is a place to meet new friends, to discuss ideas and concerns, and to find spiritual renewal and strength to face the demands of our modern world. We seek to be a warm, outgoing congregation, concerned about people and their lives. Believing deeply in the Baptist tradition of individual freedom, we invite anyone to join our fellowship through a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, a letter of transfer from another Christian church, or believer's baptism.

We are part of over 1.3 million American Baptists in the United States. There are more than 5,500 ABC churches, 123 of which are in the Philadelphia area. American Baptist Churches value independence, with each church choosing its own style and emphases of ministry and mission. American Baptists believe strongly in the separation of church and state. They are ecumenical in spirit and cooperate with other churches for fellowship and mission.

Man With Hymnal from AboveWorship Schedule

10:30 AM: Worship in our historic Meeting House.

Our Communion Service is on the first Sunday of the month.
Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers in the Scott Building.

Our Sunday School

Our Sunday School Classes focus upon the importance of having a Biblical foundation when facing the ethical and moral challenges of modern American culture. Classes are arranged as follows:
  • Infants
  • Nursery
  • Kindergarten through 4th grade
  • 5th through 8th grade
  • Special short-term programs for youth, young adults and adults are generally scheduled on weekdays and appeal to persons with a short-term interest in a specific topic. 

Read more about our Sunday School

Our Music Ministry

Music is an important element to our Worship service. The Great Valley Chorale, our choir, is a small but enthusiastic group. We welcome all who wish to sing with us. Our handbell choir, the Rhydwilym Ringers practices upon call, and again, we welcome all who wish to "ring" with us. No experience needed! We ring three octaves of Malmark handbells.

Our Facilities

Main Door The Baptist Church in the Great Valley is located on a 13-acre campus on North Valley Forge Road in Devon, Tredyffrin Township, PA. 

Our Meeting House, constructed in 1805 of local Valley limestone, is an historic structure, adorned with a steeple containing a 628 pound bell and topped by a gold weather vane. The Meeting House is air-conditioned and has undergone major renovations in 1871, 1949, and 1970. Seating capacity is 200 people on the ground floor and 50 in the balcony. See separate tab describing the unique history of the Meeting House.

The cemetery, which surrounds the Meeting House, reflects a great deal of history. The earliest burials are recorded in the 1720's. There are many stones in the cemetery which collectively present a lesson in the history of the church and our country. See separate tab, A Walk though Our Historic Cemetery.  It is also the burial place for veterans of all of this country's wars, and each veteran's grave is marked with an American flag.

A short walk through the cemetery from the Meeting House is The William Maxwell Scott Church School Building, built in the 1950s. This building contains meeting rooms, classrooms, a kitchen, offices and a large assembly hall known as the Scott Room. The Scott Room has a high arched ceiling, many large windows, a hardwood floor, a large fireplace and our baptistery.  Many Fellowship events take place in this warm and comfortable room. The Scott Building was recently renovated to be energy efficient. A new wing has added offices, a conference room, two accessible bathrooms and an elevator that provides access to the upstairs of the Scott Building and the new wing.