History

“Let us remember, our God is a pure spirit and delights to dwell in a calm tabernacle.”

John Wesley, 1703-1791

In 1840 our Sunday school was born

It was a small brick building located near Elm Terrace and served as a public school during the week. In 1853, our church was established and the next year the church was built at Broad Street & Cinnaminson Avenue. Then 40 years later, September 1893, the church building at 5th Street & Morgan Avenue was dedicated.

“Behold the Savior of mankind; Nailed to the shameful tree! How vast the love that Him inclined; To bleed and die for thee!”

Samuel Wesley, 1662-1735
Rector of Epworth Parish, Lincolnshire, England

In the book, “The Epworth Methodist: A Century of Stewardship 1853-1953,” written by Lloyd E. Griscom (to commemorate 100 years of Methodism in Palmyra, New Jersey), is a summary of significant dates in the history of the Church

  1. 1840Methodist Society formed and Sunday school started (near Elm Terrace)
  2. 1853June 15 Palmyra Methodist Episcopal Church organized
  3. 1854September Church building completed and dedicated (Broad St. & Cinnaminson Ave.)
  4. 1865First full-time pastor appointed (The Rev. George Reed)
  5. 1892June 21 Lot purchased for new Church
  6. 1893February Original church building sold to Society Hall Association
  7. 1893September 10 Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church dedicated (5th & Morgan Ave.)
  8. 1904New parsonage built opposite Epworth Church (5th & Morgan Ave.)
  9. 1916October 15 Sunday School Temple dedicated
  10. 1940Unification of Methodism completed; Church renamed

We are eternally grateful to Mr. Griscom for his words and the love that pours throughout his publication; on page 87 he quotes John Wesley (excerpts from “Definition of a Methodist”)

“These are the marks of a true Methodist:

He rejoices evermore, prays without ceasing, and in everything gives thanks. His heart is full of love to all mankind and purified from envy, wrath, malice, and every unkind affection. He fares not sumptiously every day. He follows not the customs of the world, for vice does not lose its nature through becoming fashionable. He cannot lay up treasure upon earth, but does good unto all men—unto neighbors,
strangers, friends and enemies. A Methodist is one who has the love of God shed abroad in his heart.”

John Wesley, 1703-1791

Compiled by Kim Bohley Acting Historian, 2017