North Searsport United Methodist Church celebrates its bicentennial

May 13, 2014
Photo by: Joy Baker Faith, driven by Sister Georgie Baker, carries Bishop Jesse Lee (aka Rev. Harbour Mitchell) to a special service celebrating 200 years of worship and fellowship at the North Searsport United Methodist Church.

On April 27, in celebration of North Searsport United Methodist church's bicentennial, the early Methodist circuit rider, Jesse Lee, joined the fun. Brother Lee arrived by carriage starting at the location of the former parsonage on Mount Ephraim Road. He was greeted by the enthusiastic congregation, many in period dress.

He told stories of his travels. One was crossing the Penobscot in Bangor using two small boats for each horse. The horse's front feet were in one, the hind feet in another. He also sang "The Lord's Prayer."

The rest of the year Brother Lee is Pastor Harbour Mitchell III of the Brewer and Orrington United Methodist Churches. He is also the husband of Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell, pastor of the North Searsport and the Searsport United Methodist churches. It is very possible the first Jesse Lee preached in our church.

Before Brother Lee arrived the congregation gathered at the Christian Center for a bountiful repast. Later, while waiting for Brother Lee to arrive, the congregation sang early hymns accompanied by Nancy Cole on a very old pump organ.

The church is having an event each month in 2014. On May 18 a renewal of marriage vows is being celebrated. On June 22 the special guest will be Bishop Devadhar of the New England Conference. Join the North Searsport Church for these and other events.

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