Some of Our History
Who Are United Methodists?
A covenant people - When you join a United Methodist congregation, you become a member of the United Methodist connection. Members promise God and the congregation to uphold the church with their prayers, presence, gifts and service.
A diverse community - The United Methodist Church was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. United Methodists trace their spiritual heritage back to 18th century leaders including John and Charles Wesley, Jacob Albright, Philip Otterbein, Martin Boehm and Francis Asbury. All persons are welcome in the United Methodist Church. We are committed in inclusiveness. Celebrating a diversity of people, ideas and cultures, we are enriched by our history. We are a global church.
Our particular beautiful sanctuary was built in 1815, the congregation actually coming together for Christ in 1805.
The stained glass speaks the gospel story of the birth of our Savior, attended by angels, shepherds, and most unusually, a child and a woman. The story runs deep in our hearts to affirm God's people are to receive the gift of grace that comes from the Lord.
Click HERE for a detailed history of our congregation in Newark, NY.
Newark First UMC | 301 South Main Street | 315-331-3895
Newark First UMC
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Upper New York Conference of the UMC