Looking ahead in 2018!
The Strawbridge Shrine is a popular destination for Confirmation classes. It's a great opportunity to get out of the classroom and see United Methodist history in the place where it was made!
Contact us to to get your class/group on the calendar now!
Regular open hours begin:
Friday, April 6
COLONIAL DAY 2018
Saturday, June 16th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Immerse yourself in the frontier time of Colonial America - when the colonies were at war for independence, the population was expanding and settling new territory, new crafts and something called "science" was changing life - and a new Christian denomination was being born out of this fire.
Come see Colonial era crafts and demonstrations, hear period music, and enjoy fresh-grilled chicken and fish lunches. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your church group. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and make a day of it in the fresh country air.
Best of all - admission is FREE (food is extra, and benefits the ministry of Strawbridge United Methodist Church)
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.
New By-Laws Approved!
At the Annual Meeting of the Strawbridge Shrine Association on October 4th, 2014 it was unanimously approved to update the Assocation's by-laws to reflect the current practices of The Shrine, in particular the definitions of officers and committees.
GCAH Grant Awarded
The Board of Officers and Directors is grateful to learn that the General Commission on Archives & History has awarded the Strawbridge Shrine a grant to assist in outfitting the Strawbridge House with period furnishings. Look for these new additions to start appearing soon!