On Sunday, April 10, 1994 First Presbyterian dedicated our beautiful Sesquicentennial Bells.
The four bells were cast by the world-renowned French firm of Paccard Fonderie de Cloches, located in Annecy-le-Vieux. This peal of bells, known as the Sesquicentennial Bells, are used as a call-to-worship, for festive and wedding peals, for funeral tolls, and as a time-strike system. Each bell is inscribed with a verse form the Psalms on one side. On the other side is inscribed: “First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, S.C., Sesquicentennial – 1993, ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ (To the Glory of God Alone),” and a Celtic Cross.
The largest bell has a musical note of C3 and weighs 4,641 pounds and is inscribed, “O Give Thanks Unto the Lord for He is Good.” The G3 bell is inscribed, “let everything That Hath Breath Praise the Lord,” and has a weight of 1,418 pounds. The smallest A3 bell weighs 998 pounds and is inscribed, “O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song.”