In conjunction with the UM 101 sermon series in September, the Small Groups Ministry Committee is
sponsoring field trips to historic sites related to our heritage in the Methodist denomination. The field trips are as follows:
9/14 at 11am - Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, formerly known as First Methodist Episcopal
Church, is a historic United Methodist church located at Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It was designed by renowned architect Stanford White (1853–1906) in 1884, built in the Romanesque Revival style. As the continuation of the former Lovely Lane Chapel or Meeting House, the scene of the Christmas Conference, it is also known as the Mother Church of American Methodism (The site of the original chapel was abandoned in 1786, being replaced (first) by the Merchants Club and by the present-day Baltimore International College.)
9/20 at 10am - Asbury Chapel, now Asbury United Methodist Church, was organized in 1836 when a group led by Eli Nugent left Foundry Methodist Episcopal Church to form its own congregation. The first church was a small, white frame structure. Since its genesis, Asbury, formerly Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, has occupied the same site, TBD - United Methodist Building who's purpose was emphasized as being that of a "sentinel" and a supporter for social reform in the Capital; a voice for the religious community, a visible witness. Speakers for the dedication were the famed orator William Jennings Bryan and Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot, who emphasized the need for reform efforts to be working all the time, not spasmodically. Newspapers of the time noted the loyalty of Methodists to the nation's political form and social tradition with "civic righteousness as the true foundation of sane progress."