Broad Street UM plans Heritage Sunday May 19

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Posted 5/17/19

In 1837, Broad Street United Methodist Church began as a Methodist congregation. The services were held in the Bradley County log courthouse.

On Sunday, May 19, Broad Street will celebrate …

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Broad Street UM plans Heritage Sunday May 19

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In 1837, Broad Street United Methodist Church began as a Methodist congregation. The services were held in the Bradley County log courthouse.

On Sunday, May 19, Broad Street will celebrate Heritage Sunday with a special recognition. There will be special observances held in the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services in the sanctuary and Triplett Hall.

From 1840 to 1849, the Methodist congregation met in a frame building on the oak Grove Academy lot.

The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, built a brick church at the intersection of Church Street and 32nd Street (now First Street) between 1849 and 1863.

During the Civil War, Federal troops used the brick church building as a stable and granary. This destroyed the building. The Methodist Episcopal congregation held its services in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In 1868, a new brick building was built on the corner of Central Avenue and Lea Street (now Broad Street).

The present historic sanctuary of Broad Street UMC was dedicated in 1896. On April 5, 1984, it was included on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1968, the Methodist Church combined with the United Brethren Church to become the United Methodist Church.

“We are carrying on a grand tradition, not for the sake of history, but because we have listened to John Wesley’s instruction that we must ‘Arise and be God’s people,’” a spokesman for the church said.

Micah Nicolaus is senior pastor and Betsy Switzer is associate pastor.

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