Jesse Lee Meeting House
Our second place for worship, Jesse Lee meeting house is the oldest Methodist church which is open for worship in New England. It is lovingly preserved in its original condition. The meeting house is handicapped accessible, located Located on Main St. East Readfield corner of Plains Road and route 17. We worship here every Sunday evening in July and August along with Easter Sunrise Service and Christmas Eve Service.
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.
(excerpt from George Smith's article in the Kennebec Journal 2/19/2020)