About Laughlin Memorial Chapel
Laughlin Memorial Chapel’s building was built in 1836 by First German Church and was sold to First Presbyterian Church in 1872. Pioneer members of First Presbyterian Church, George Laughlin and his family were active in the ministry of the Chapel and eventually donated the building to the community.
The building has been known has Laughlin Memorial Chapel since George’s death in 1936. In 1946 First Presbyterian Church staffed the facility and began using it as a ministry center for children and families in the Wheeling area.
Our staff focus on creating and providing a quality experience for children, they strive to provide a loving, learning, healthy haven for our community’s children. Our mission is to “care for an empower families and others by working cooperatively with exiting community groups in that the standard and quality of life in the greater Wheeling area are enhanced and reflect God’s love.”
The Chapel offers four programs including: Afterschool Jam, Summer Jam, G.A.P and Young Lions Club. The main program that operates daily throughout the academic year is Afterschool Jam. It operates according to the Ohio County Schools’ calendar and offers a safe and nurturing environment to students in kindergarten through 8th grades Monday through Thursday afternoons. Nutritious snacks and meals are central to the mission and are served daily. The Chapel offers a nondenominational Christian faith-based environment in which children are nurtured and encouraged to learn, grow and thrive. There is no charge to families for the Chapel program. The mission is supported by grants and donations from trusts, congregations, community service groups, families and individuals.
Children receive homework support, tutoring and academic instruction at the Chapel, and also participate in additional activities through the Chapel’s program. Fine arts exposure, physical fitness activities, and clubs are part of the afterschool agenda each week. Mentors and volunteers serve the children, allowing them to develop caring relationships with interested adults. The Chapel strives to be a “home away from home” for all of her children.