Annual Meeting 2023-2024
UPDATE 1/19/2024: The annual meeting is still scheduled as planned, no weather cancelation
In January of 2024, the Strawbridge Shrine Association will celebrate this fellowship withhold our 78TH Annual Meeting.
In previous years, we have met in October. But with so much other activity competing for our attention in the fall,
the Board of Directors this year elected to move the Annual Meeting to January - after the Holidays - when things
have relaxed a little.
Also new this year; we are meeting at Linganore United Methodist Church in nearby Union Bridge (about 11 minutes
from The Shrine). We haven’t held a meeting at Linganore UMC
before but are looking forward to learning more about this
congregation which has been so faithful in their on-going
support of the the Strawbridge Shrine Association. Reverend
Stephen Rickets will have on display some of the Bibles from
his large collection. This will include Bibles and hymnals of
John Wesley 's era.
So mark your new 2024 calendar for
Saturday, January 20th at 10:00 am.
We will start the day with a worship service led by reverend Mary Buzby, followed by a short business
meeting (as required by our by-laws). Although our business is pleasant, it is important to have every member of
the Board, and as many members and supporters of the Association as possible, present to approve our slate of
officers and budget for the coming year.
Colonial Day 2022 - Baltimore Sun Article
Click on the link below to see photos and read about the event.
Colonial Day at the Strawbridge Shrine | PHOTOS – Baltimore Sun
PILGRIMGE WEEK IN THE BWC
The Commission on Archives & History of the Baltimore-Washington Conference sponsored its first annual Pilgrimage Week. The Video below was produced to support the Shrine as one of the destinations.
Shrine featured in Baltimore Sun Article
Click on the link below to read a feature piece by Baltimore Sun Staff writer, Kevin E. Dayhoff.
Seven UM Heritage Sites that Every United Methodist Should See
A UMC.org Feature By Lilla Marigza
United Methodist church members can take pride in the people and places that connect us across the globe. In 2014, a virtual pilgrimage showed us Seven Sites every United Methodist should see. UMC.org readers followed up with their favorite Wesleyan wonders of the world. Pack your saddlebag. We now offer seven more spots that matter to all United Methodists.
(Click on the title above to read the article)
New Video about The Shrine
The Office of Communications of the United Methodist Church has just posted a new video about The Shrine and about Robert and Elizabeth's work in establishing Methodism in the new world.
Black History Month Video
The Methodist movement has always been one of inclusiveness. Wesley's first Class Meeting at the Foundry, Embry's first Class Meeting in NY and, of course, Robert Strawbridge's first Class Meeting in America - each of these groups included people of African descent. The United Methodist Church national office of Communications has produced a series of videos honoring Methodist inclusiveness. The video below highlights the story of Annie Sweitzer, a member of Strawbridge's first class.
"Strawbridge Cluster" Historic Site Dedicated
The General Commission on Archives & History has designated six locations in Strawbridge Country collectively as a Historic Site of the United Methodist Church. The newly designated "Strawbridge Cluster" includes the Log Meeting House site, Evans House, Poulson House, Stone Chapel, Bethel Church (now New Hope UMC-Bethel), and Henry Willis House. The site was officially dedicated at the 2014 Annual Meeting, with Bishop Marcus Matthews offering the blessing.