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The Readfield United Methodist Church, Maine welcomes you, and invites you to worship with us.
We welcome ALL regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, economic status, and physical or mental condition. Join us!
For 180 years we have gathered to experience the love of God, to grow as disciples of Christ,
and to welcome and serve our neighbors.
UPCOMING SERVICES AND EVENTS
Please join us in Worship this Sunday,
February 9, 2020
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon: "Cultivate Connections"
Rev. Myung Park
Scripture: Acts 2:44-47; 1 Peter 4:8-10
2/09 Packing Valentines boxes for college students -- Sunday, after worship
2/09 Planning for Jesse Lee 225-year
anniversary celebration, after worship
2/12 Sewing for Zambia, Wednesday, 9:00 am - noon
Jesse Lee Meeting House
The East Readfield Meeting House was built between 1793-1795 then dedicated on June 21, 1795 by Jesse Lee and later named in his honor, to be known as the Jesse Lee Meeting House. The dedication drew crowds from all over and as many as 2000 attended. The building was later moved 500 feet forward to its current location by 50 teams of oxen, where it has withstood the test of time. This beloved building had regular worship services until 1961 when five local congregations combined into one church at Torsey United Methodist Church in Kents Hill. Even after regular services had stopped, the historic Jesse Lee Meeting House is still the center of many weddings, annual Easter and Christmas services as well as Sunday worship in the summer. It has been cared for and maintained by its loving congregation, the church trustees and other townspeople who have strong and emotional ties to the building and its place in history. Jesse Lee Meeting House is our second place for worship, and it is the oldest Methodist church which is still open for worship in New England.
One man who loved the Jesse Lee Meeting House, aka, East Readfield Church was Merton Ramsdell, who lived nearby on the Stanley Road. Merton was a bachelor and a house painter by profession and died in 1971 at the age of 84. More will be said about Merton later.
As visible in the photos, the sun, wind, rain and snow has caused the paint to chip and peel and the weathered wood beneath will rot if left unattended.
Over the years and through the good work of the trustees it was determined that something needed to be done to preserve the exterior. First the metal roof was installed in 2015 through fund raising and generous donations from several church members. The need now is the siding and doors that need protection from the elements, otherwise, the building will continue to deteriorate.
Coffee & Conversation
AT READFIELD CHURCH
Sun. 8:30 am Choir Rehearsal
8:45 am-9:45 am Adult Sunday School
10:00 am Sunday Worship / Sunday School
(Holy Communion every Sunday)
11:15 am Coffee and Conversation
Tue, 8:00 am-12:00 pm Office Open
6:30 pm-8:30 pm Disciple Bible Study
Wed. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Silent Seeking
Thur. 8:00 am-12:00 pm Office Open
7:00 pm-8:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm-8:00 pm AA / TOPS
Torsey Church at Night
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