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First Free Methodist Church (New Creation) - New Castle PA

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In 1883 local preacher Henry Blews decided to organize a Free Methodist Church in New Castle. He planted a wheat field to finance his efforts and invited the Rev. John S. McGeary, a preacher from Mercer County, to conduct a two-month revival beginning in December 1883. The revival was a success and on February 24, 1884, the First Free Methodist Church was organized and began holding services in a small chapel believed to be near the intersection of Arlington and Wilson Avenues. A church (shown above) was built on Arlington Avenue and dedicated on July 20, 1889. A parsonage was built next door at a later date. (Mar 2013) Full Size


The congregation, led by the Rev. Robert E. Williams, celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special ceremony held on Sunday April, 13, 1984. It early 2010 congregation, affiliated with the Free Methodist Church – USA, was renamed as the New Creation Free Methodist Church. The original building from 1889, though improved and upgraded many times over the years, is still in service today. (1984)


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