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Laurel in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Christ United Methodist Church

 
 
Christ United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
1. Christ United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  In the fall of 1831, Reverend Thomas Pearson came to Laurel to assist with the establishment of a Methodist Protestant congregation in the community. With its founding, the church became one of the first of this denomination in Delaware. Early meetings were held in a schoolhouse. A church was constructed on West Street in 1832, and a cemetery established nearby. Desiring a new house of worship, the congregation purchased property on Wheat Street - not Central Avenue, in 1866. A two-story frame church was completed the following year. This building was used until 1911, when the present stone structure was constructed. Additional land was acquired over the years and church facilities were expanded. Property adjoining the church was purchased in 2000 to accommodate a growing congregation.

Pastors of note include Reverend James H. Straughn, whoe served the congregation from 1912 - 1919. He was a leader of the Methodist unification movement in the 1930s, and was chosen to serve as Bishop when the churches merged.
 
Erected 2001 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-145.)
 
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Christ UMC image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
2. Christ UMC
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This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1831.
 
Location. 38° 33.291′ N, 75° 34.247′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Central Avenue (Business U.S. 13) 0.1 miles south of Market Street (Delaware Route 24), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laurel DE 19956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 505 South Central Avenue (a few steps from this marker); 502 South Central Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); 403 South Central Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Hope Lodge No. 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Farlow House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 312 East 4th Street (about 600 feet away); The Studley House (about 600 feet away); Gordy-Windsor House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
 
Christ M.P. Church Stone image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
3. Christ M.P. Church Stone
Stone built into exterior wall of existing church.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,109 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

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