A Brief History of the First United Methodist Church of Port Jefferson
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In 1824 a “circuit rider,” Rev. Horace Bartlett whose pastorate was the “Suffolk Circuit,” met with a few devout Christians at the home of Zachariah Hawkins.  The house was located on the present site of The Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church.  It was at this location that the Port Jefferson Methodist Society was organized.  Since itinerant pastors, or circuit riders, conducted services infrequently because of the difficulty of travel, class meetings were led by lay people between visits.
In 1835, the Port Jefferson Methodist Society was incorporated and became a full-fledged church.  Three years later a chapel was built on Thompson Street for $1,000.  The Port Jefferson Church became an independent charge in 1848 with the Rev. Samuel King as pastor.
In 1873, the building on Thompson Street was moved to the corner of Spring and Main Streets where our church is presently located. The need for larger and better facilities soon became apparent. The first small chapel was sold in 1893 and moved to upper Main Street where it was later destroyed by fire.  The cornerstone for a new church was laid in 1893, and on December 12, 1902, the mortgage was burned. The cost of $11,500 included the heating system, pews and furniture.


As the church continued to grow, we acquired a parsonage and an education building. With the help of many members, an organ was purchased. The interior was completely renovated in 1950 and pulpit furniture was also installed.  Growth continued during the 60’s and in 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church united to become the United Methodist Church.

A facelift in the 70’s included renovation to the kitchen and fellowship hall and as a result the mission of the church began to expand during the 80’s.  We renovated the sanctuary in time for our 160th birthday celebration in 1995.

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John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

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“Taking an active stance in society is nothing new for followers of John Wesley. He set the example for us to combine personal and social piety. Ever since predecessor churches to United Methodism flourished in the United States, we have been known as a denomination involved with people’s lives, with political and social struggles, having local to international mission implications. Such involvement is an expression of the personal change we experience in our baptism and conversion.

The United Methodist Church believes God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty. We cannot just be observers. So we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex. The church helps us think and act out a faith perspective, not just responding to all the other ‘mind-makers-up’ that exist in our society.”

To help guide our thinking and acting about how we live in, and are in engaged in ministry in the world, The United Methodist Church has created statements to guide the church in its efforts to create a world of justice.

“Our Social Creed” is a basic statement of our convictions about the fundamental relationships between God, God’s creation and humanity. This basic statement is expanded in a more lengthy statement called the “Social Principles.” This statement explains more fully how United Methodists are called to live in the world. Part of our Book of Discipline, the “Social Principles” serve as a guide to official church action and our individual witness. 


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