We’re proud to be celebrating our 150th anniversary! Our church has witnessed many changes since our church was chartered and incorporated in 1868, but one thing has remained constant: our faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This faith has empowered our church over the years to provide spiritual growth, inspirational worship, loving fellowship, and service to others. Our legacy, inspired by the Holy Spirit, lives on today in the men, women, and children who worship here.
Below are some highlights of our long history:
On September 18, 1866, William Walker deeded 39 ½ perchs of land (about ¼ of an acre in today’s terms) to Eseck Howell and Mahlon Wharton, in trust as the pre-site of Methodist Episcopal Church.
On February 7, 1868, a committee of seven submitted a petition for charter of M.E. Church. On February 13th Judge Henry Traxel found the petition lawful and ordered publication according to law. On March 5th, the land was deeded to first Board of Trustees of Fallsington Methodist Church: Mahlon Wharton, Silas G. Mason, Henry Morris, Jesse L. Stackhouse, and Eseck Howell. Publication appeared April 7th, 1868 and on April 29th the M.E. Church became a corporation.
In 1869, the first formal records stated in the Philadelphia Conference listing W. J. Mills as minister for two churches: Fallsington and Morrisville. When Fallsington Methodist Church came into being, the ministers were circuit riders. At times, these men served three churches. In those days, they traveled on horseback, however, our area also had a trolley. This is how they traveled in all kinds of weather and conditions. Church and Sunday School meetings were held in a one room building which is still in use as our sanctuary.
There weren’t too many changes in the church until electricity was installed in 1935. In 1936, the interior of the church was painted instead of papered. While renovations proceeded, services were held in the Friend’s schoolhouse. In 1937, space heaters replaced pot bellied stoves on either side of the church.
Four new pendant lights were installed in 1951. A major change occurred in July 1952 when a two-room school building was purchased at a public sale. It was needed to house the needs of our growing church in an expanding community. A cellar was constructed to support the new addition which gave more room for Sunday School classes and space for a kitchen and our Fellowship Hall. A new heating unit, an automatic oil burner, was installed. In 1953 water was connected to the church. Through the efforts of Emily L. Peters and the Methodist Youth Fellowship a new brick marquee was installed in the front of the church on July 10, 1955.
In April 1964, a new vestibule was built and a steeple was added, although the bell was still needed for it. Landscaping was completed in 1964. In 1967, pews were obtained from Central Methodist Church of Trenton. New wood paneling around the lower part of the walls of the church was installed at the same time. Through the years many things were accomplished such as obtaining a new pulpit, a new piano, an electric organ, alter cloths, flags, the cross and many other things too numerous to mention have been given in memory of loved ones or in honor of loved ones.
New steps were built on side of church. The church bell that is mounted on a brick platform in front of the church was a donation from the Grundy Foundation in Bristol. It had to be installed in this location because the bell tower would not hold it. The date and words on the bell are 1846 “A sower went forth to sow” 1871.
The building’s old-style architecture continues to be artfully blended with new acquisitions. Air conditioning was installed. Spotlights shine down on the newest pulpit, a modern organ was donated, and a sound system was installed. A new altar rail was built and installed by Wayne Arch. A chair lift was added to the stairs to Fellowship Hall. Internet access and monitors were obtained to support current technology for presentations.
Our 190-member church still serves the descendants of many of the original members, as well as those who are newer to the area. Together we continue to nurture one another, as we meet the needs of the surrounding community and spread the truth of God's great love. We look forward to many more years of love and service in the name of Jesus Christ.