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United Methodist Church of Geneva (Illinois)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member WascoZooKeeper
N 41° 53.336 W 088° 18.382
16T E 391620 N 4638269
Quick Description: Today's United Methodist Church of Geneva originated from the merger of the Emmanuel Methodist Church (1/2 block west) and the First Methodist Church (this building).
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2007 7:41:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM18NQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 54

Long Description:

In 1850, a group of 79 members founded the First Methodist Church in the town of Geneva, on the banks of the Fox River. In 1872, construction started on a new building at the corner of Second & Hamilton Streets, which was dedicated in 1874.

Meanwhile, in 1871, Emmanuel Methodist Church was founded at the corner of First & James Streets to meet the needs of the area's growing Swedish population. Emmanuel Methodist Church built a new sanctuary in 1907 at the corner of Third & Hamilton -- on the other end of the same block of Hamilton.

The dissolution of the Methodist Church's Swedish Conferences, of which Emmanuel was a member, led to the merger of Emmanuel Methodist with First Methodist 1n 1948. With the merger of the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren denominations, the church became United Methodist Church of Geneva in 1969.

Both church buildings were used by the church for a number of years, but eventually the Emmanuel Methodist Church building was sold and converted to commercial use, and today houses the Hi-Hat Resale Shop.

More church history

Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 01/01/1872

Age of Church building determined by?: Cornerstone or plaque

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: United Methodist

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: 9:00 AM

Street address of Church:
211 Hamilton Street
Geneva, IL USA
60134


Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed

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