During the winter of 2007-2008 the Wabash Presbyterian Church built this new conference facility to host Great Banquet three-day weekends in our area of Southeastern Illinois. While the church has sufficient classrooms to meet in and a large sanctuary for worship, we needed lots of sleeping facilities, bathrooms, and showers for attendees.  The Center was constructed across the road from the church building, in the Hickory Grove, where there were already many excellent facilities and where the famous Orio Chowder has been held since 1920. It was a labor of love by many area men and women who spent countless hours on the construction. In October 2008, we dedicated the facility, naming it for Rev. Stephen Bliss, the first pastor of the church in 1822. 

Since the Great Banquets occupy the facility only a few weekends each year, we wish to make Bliss Center available to other churches/groups/organizations who desire an off-site, unique place to met, fellowship, teach, inspire, make plans, or simply meditate. We feel that this is a way that we can share with others some of the blessings that God has given us.

Contact us today about your plans. We would love to hear from you!



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