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Jesse Lee Meeting House
The Methodist Church in Readfield,
the oldest Methodist church in Maine,
is showing its years. (excerpt from George Smith's article in the Kennebec Journal 2/19/2020) Historic church has seen better days
The Meeting House needs new siding and we are hoping you can donate to this very important project, which will cost $38,000. The Readfield Methodist Church is responsible for the Meeting House, which was built between 1793 and 1795. And its dedication on June 21, 1795, drew as many as 2,000 people.
The church was originally up on the hill and was moved 500 feet to its present location by 50 teams of oxen. Regular worship services were held here until 1961 when five local congregations combined into one church currently known as the Readfield United Methodist Church in Kents Hill.But the Jesse Lee Meeting House is still the host of Easter sunrise and Christmas Eve services, plus Sunday evening services in the summer and weddings, funerals, and other special events. Many of the services here involve lots of singing, which is very special. The church, partly because it is so historic, is so peaceful and holy, I could sit there for hours.
Our church members are pleased and proud to care for and maintain this very special church. But the sun, wind, rain and snow has caused the paint to chip and peel, and the weathered wood beneath will rot if left unattended.
In 2015 we installed a metal roof thanks to the generous donations of several church members. But we don’t have the money to fix the siding, even though we know it is urgent that we get this done. We do not want to see this beautiful and historic church continue to deteriorate.
Any and all donations will be very much appreciated, and we will invite you to a special celebration when the siding is done.
Checks should be payable to the Readfield
Methodist Church and mailed to: Readfield United Methodist Church, PO Box 286, Kents Hill, Me. 04349. If you have any questions about the project, please call us at 685-4211. Thank you!