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Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church

 
 
Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2012
1. Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. The roots of this congregation can be traced to 1809, when a house of worship was constructed to serve the needs of the many residents of this area who were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. First known as Elzey Mooreís Meeting House, the name of the church was formally changed to Wesley Chapel in 1825. Following the closing of Wesley in 1852, members of the congregation who resided in the vicinity of the seafaring village of Lewisville conducted services in area homes. In 1855 they constructed a church at this location on land purchased from Bayard Moore. The church became known as Sailorís Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1880 the name of Lewisville was formally changed to Bethel, reflecting the importance of this community institution. The present church was built in 1884, and its name was subsequently abbreviated to Bethel M.E. Church. With the discontinuation of services at St. Johnís Methodist Protestant Church in 1902, many of its members joined the Bethel congregation. Their former church was obtained and converted for use as the Community Hall. This site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. In 2004 the members of the church elected to reclaim the historical name of Sailorís Bethel Church.
 
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Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church and Marker at left image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2012
2. Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church and Marker at left
2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-191.)
 
Location. 38° 34.232′ N, 75° 37.152′ W. Marker is in Bethel, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Main Avenue on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethel DE 19931, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bethel Shipyard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portsville United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mount Zion United Methodist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Centenary United Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Woodland Ferry (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Wading Place (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hope Lodge No. 4 (approx. 2.8 miles away); Christ United Methodist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
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Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church with adjoining cemetery, along Main Street at Main Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2012
3. Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church with adjoining cemetery, along Main Street at Main Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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