The members of Trinity United Methodist Church gathered Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sanctuary and worship center with a rededication service and potluck.
The Swanton Trinity United Methodist Church has met for 154 years. Alpheus and Catherine Cass, were among seven of the founders of the Trinity United Methodist Church in 1863. The very first pastor at the first Trinity United Methodist Church building was Rev. George Miller.
The church sanctuary was built in July 1967. At that time, there were a total of 750 members with about 600 members at the original Consecration Service at the building.
“There have been a total of 2,600 Sunday mornings [in the new sanctuary] … each of which has housed worshipers for one or more services.” said J.T. Bean, current pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in a letter dedicated to the church members. “There have been special holiday, wedding, funeral and ecumenical services held within these walls.”
Bean has been the pastor at Trinity United Methodist for four years.
“We’re not here to worship a building … the church is its people and I think that’s what we all feel here in this sanctuary.” said Debra Coon, a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church, choir member and liturgist for the rededication service.