Second Presbyterian Church

Eighth & Waller Streets Portsmouth, OH 45662     740-353-4159

Chancel Choir 

From September-May, the Second Pres Chancel Choir ministers through music in the Sunday morning worship service (9:30 am). They rehearse on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. 


In the summer months, soloists from the chancel choir as well as from neighboring churches minster through music while the choir enjoys the summer "off" from worship leadership. 

We're located on the corner of Eighth & Waller Streets (directly across from Portsmouth High School)

801 Waller St Portsmouth OH 45662

What to expect in worship (Sundays @ 9:30am) 

Organ music has been an integral part of services as long as there has been a church.  The Second Presbyterian Church organ is a custom-built St. Louis, Missouri, Kilgen Organ of 2555 pipes, specifically constructed to fit the acoustical and architectural properties of our church.

The three manuals connect with Great, Swell, and Choir organs in the two organ chambers located to the left and right of the choir loft.  These chambers measure 15 by 15 feet and are 16 feet high.  The largest pipe in the organ is 10 feet high and 20 inches across.  The tiniest and highest pitched pipe measures three-eighths of an inch in length and one-fourth inch in diameter.

Other features of the organ include a harp of 49 bars, 25 chimes and a Vox humana.  Orchestral instruments within the organ include an oboe, a clarinet, a trumpet and a trombone. 

1. PARKING  Your visit for worship at Second begins from the time you park your car. We've got lots of parking spaces in our paved lot which surrounds the church on two sides, as well as abundant street parking on the other two sides along Eighth St (now closed) and Waller St.

We have several handicap places in the back of the parking lot near the ramp entrance to the building. 

2. DOORS  Along with your choice of parking spots, you also have your choice of doors to enter the building! While doors are normally all locked throughout the week, we throw open all the doors on Sundays!  

(there's a doorbell to ring by the Office entrance to get in through the week in case you want to stop by.)  

3. SANCTUARY  It shouldn't take you too long to find our sanctuary, where we hold worship on Sunday mornings. A greeter is glad to hand you a bulletin which will guide you through the service and share information on what's going on at Second Pres in the upcoming weeks. 

4. MUSIC We are unabashed lovers of music and tend to attract fellow-music lovers in our pews (AND in the choir loft)!  We love choir AND our custom-built Kilgen Organ (constructed specifically to fit our worship space) We're constantly look forward to seeing what sort of music our Organist/Choirmaster, Dr. Stan Workman, has in store for us each Sunday.

(Can you believed he's served this church for going on 25 years?! His stability and leadership has been a great blessing to us over the years. )

5. PREACHING  Pastor Allison delights in doing something creative or unexpected in her sermon (and sometimes in other parts of the service too). Though the order of the service remains constant from week to week, we're always anticipating what might happen this Sunday. (More than one of us has been known to say we don't like missing worship because we hate to miss what happens!) 

(And when Pastor Allison & Stan put their heads TOGETHER on something in worship, LOOK OUT!) 

6. COFFEE FELLOWSHIP  Directly following worship, you are invited to join us around the table as we fellowship over snacks and coffee/tea in our parlor, located just across the hall from the sanctuary entrance to the left of the pulpit. 

7. SUNDAY SCHOOL  Since you've filled up on snacks, you might as well stick around for our multi-generational Sunday School class that often doubles as a "sermon post-mortem" time. This is the place where we reflect on how to LIVE the words we just heard in Scripture and the sermon. It's always a time of lively discussion. (And no, we don't always agree on everything. We practice the art of agreeing to disagree.)