Churches in the Community





Foster Memorial AME

New Bethel AME


Mount Pleasant AME

The Methodists


Methodism or the Methodist movement is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John Wesley.  It originated as a revival within the 18th century Church of England and became a separate denomination after Wesley's death. The movement spread throughout the British Empire, the United States, and beyond because of vigorous missionary work.


Following the Civil War, Methodism became the religion of many slaves who later formed "black churches" in the Methodist tradition.  In addition, early Methodist preachers took the message to laborers and criminals who tended to be left outside organized religion at that time.  Methodism emphasizes charity and support for the sick, the poor, and the afflicted through the works of mercy.  These ideals are put into practice by the establishment of hospitals, orphanages, soup kitchens, and schools to follow Christ's command to spread the gospel and serve all people.



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