Lowell United Methodist Church to celebrate 200 years of religious witness in the hamlet

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WESTMORELAND — The Lowell United Methodist Church, located at 5840 Lowell Road, in Westmoreland (at the corner of Route 26 and Lowell Road), will hold a bicentennial celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. 

Two hundred years ago the first religious services were held in Lowell. According to Westmoreland: 200 Years, the town’s official history book. The Methodists have had four buildings in Lowell. The first was built by an Independent Congregational Society in 1820, it was sold when membership in the church declined. The church was revived a short time after and another building was erected, this was torn down in 1895 to “make room for a more modern building.” That building burned to the ground in 1930, after which time the current church was built.

“Sunday we are going to go back in history,” Pastor Fred Bailey says, “It makes me think of John Wesley [founder of Methodism], and one of the things that John Wesley said was ‘give me a dozen spirit-filled preachers, and I will change the world.’”

Bailey plans to deliver a historical revival-style Wesleyan sermon dressed as the religion’s spiritual founder during the church’s services at 9:30 a.m. This will also be streamed live on the church’s Facebook page. At 1 p.m., there will be a celebration in the church’s fellowship room with historical presentations, an open-mic style sharing of stories from the church’s past, bottled water, and individually wrapped snacks, and a performance by the Fennel Singers. 

The public is invited to both special events and required to wear masks and socially distance. The number of people inside the church at any one time will be limited to 33% capacity according to New York state regulations, guidance from the Upper New York State Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Centers for Disease Control.

For more information contact the church on Facebook or call 315-510-3464.

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