Saint George's United Methodist Church of Philadelphia

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About St. George's United Methodist Church of Philadelphia

Historic St. George's United Methodist Church of Philadelphia is the oldest Methodist Church in America. Located in Philadelphia, the church was founded by Captain Thomas Webb and the Methodist Society of Philadelphia in 1769 for the purpose of practicing the Methodist religion. In December of 1769, Joseph Pilmore, a missionary of John Wesley, held the first prayer meeting at the church followed later by Thomas Coke and Bishop Francis Asbury. Bishop Asbury was the first pastor of St. George's United Methodist Church and ordained as many as 35 ministers in the Methodist faith within America during his travels. Two African Americans, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, licensed as lay preachers of Methodism, eventually left the church because of racial tensions and formed two new congregations. Richard Allen formed Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Absalom Jones turned to the Episcopal faith and established St. Thomas' African Episcopal Church. St. George's is known as "the church that moved the bridge," as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge was rerouted in the 1920s so the church would not be demolished by its construction. St. George's records consist of conference letters; account books; baptism, death, and marriage records; as well as journals, diaries, etc.

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