Financial District in Manhattan in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Street Methodist Church
“Philip, you must preach to us or we will all go to hell together, and God will require our blood at your hands.” With these words in 1766, Barbara Heck – who to her horror had found her formerly Methodist relatives playing cards in her kitchen – persuaded her cousin, lay preacher Philip Embury, to form the first Methodist society in North America.
The congregation – organized even before the Methodists in England had separated from the Anglican Church – descended not from English Methodists, but from a group of German Lutheran refugees in Ireland who were brought to Methodism by John Wesley, the English Methodist leader. They emigrated to New York City in 1760, and at first – since the city as yet had no Methodist presence – they worshipped in a local Lutheran church. Embury’s group outgrew temporary quarters in a rigging loft, and in 1768 the preacher, by trade a carpenter, built the first “preaching house,” the Wesley Chapel on John Street. Though the Methodists in Embury’s time still belonged to the Anglican Church, the American Revolution quickly led to
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1766.
Location. 40° 42.549′ N, 74° 0.48′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, New York, in New York County. It is in the Financial District. Marker is on John Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 John Street, New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named John Street Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); John Street Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named John Street Church (here, next to this marker); Former Residence of Thomas Jefferson (within shouting distance of this marker); 33 Liberty Street (within shouting distance of this marker); John Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Reserve Bank of New YorkThe Liberty Tower (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
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Also see . . .
1. John Street Church. (Submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The John Street Methodist Church - 44 John Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 902 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5. submitted on January 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.