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The Sanctuary

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Our Sanctuary was first constructed in 1829 and then it was enlarged and remodeled in 1856 under the ministry of Rev. David Tweed. The remodeling consisted of the porch, columns, the belfry and the narthex. The porch became handicapped accessible as a result of the New Horizons project in 2003.

The Great Hall

Our Great Hall was completed in 2002. The Great Hall hosts many church ministry events, dinners, and our Sunday Contemporary Worship Service


This drawing of the sanctuary by  E.O. Nielsen (c.1960) was published on the cover of the worship bulletin for many years

Meeting House

The Sanctuary (c.1842) before the renovations of 1856. This sketch was redrawn by David Rhodes in 2007.

Historical Data

The United Methodist Church at Absecon, New Jersey, was born when the first Methodist Revival in this vicinity occurred in 1796-97, resulting in the formation of classes in Absecon and other nearby settlements. The preachers for the Salem Circuit, of which Absecon was a part, were Anthony Turk and Richard Sneath, with Rev. John McCloskey as the first presiding elder. From 1813 to 1828, Absecon was a part of the Gloucester Circuit. It then became a part of the Bargaintown Circuit until 1854, when it changed to the Absecon Circuit.

Tradition locates the first meetinghouse on Kingís Highway (present day Shore Road), a short distance north of the present church building. On March 3, 1823, the church was incorporated and the congregation proceeded with plans for a new building, which was completed in 1829.

In 1856, it was rebuilt and enlarged, at which time the columned porch, a vestibule, new gallery, new pulpit and seats were added.

Many additions and expansions have been celebrated since those early days. The most recent was the New Horizons project, which included the expansion of the 1856 sanctuary, the construction of the Great Hall (on the Pitney Road side of the property), and a Christian education wing, including a Youth Room. The New Horizons project was completed in 2003.

Itís our prayer that the use of our facilities will glorify God and help people to know His love.

(Portions taken from: The Methodist Trail in New Jersey 1836-1961, The New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, © 1961)

More Information

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