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Traveling the Circuit #11: Old Hay Bay Church

June 27, 2018

By Charles L. Harrell the old hay bay church On the shore of an inlet off Lake Ontario stands a stout but charming frame building, the oldest structure of the United Church of Canada.  Known as the Old Hay Bay Church, it was actually...

Traveling the Circuit: Bridgetown Church

February 12, 2018

On the edge of Queen Anne's County, Maryland, close to the geographical center of the Delmarva Peninsula, stands a tiny but significant sentinel of Methodist history. If walls could speak, the stories these could tell would surely make for a...

An Advent homecoming to Methodism's first meeting place

December 18, 2017

“Coming Home” captured the theme of this year’s annual Advent candlelight service held on Dec. 10 at the historic Strawbridge Shrine near New Windsor.

Traveling the Circuit: Dudley's Chapel

October 26, 2017

In Queen Anne County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore stands one of the oldest Methodist chapels in America. It was built in 1783 along Red Lyon Branch on a 1.5-acre parcel known as “Sarah’s Portion” that had been donated by Joshua Dudley, a local...

Traveling the Circuit: Rehoboth Church and Museum

October 26, 2017

Edward Keenan’s conversion to the warm-hearted religion of the Methodists occurred about twenty miles away from the picturesque hollow where Old Rehoboth Church has sat for more than two hundred years.  Keenan, a Roman Catholic immigrant from...

Heritage Landmarks: United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

September 15, 2017

On Capitol Hill in 1917, Rev. Clarence True Wilson spotted a muddy, billboard-cluttered corner lot. Wilson, executive director of the Board of Prohibition, thought it was the perfect site for Methodism's social reform presence in Washington, D.C.