John Street Church Celebrates 250 Years

John Street Church Celebrates 250 Years


Join John Street Church in Celebrating 250 Years!

Throughout 2016 the NYAC Commission on Archives and History and John Street UMC have been celebrating the rich and diverse 250 year history of New York area United Methodism. In October, John Street Church will hold special events to commemorate this important anniversary.

October 12, 2016: John Street Church's 250th Anniversary Service.  You're invited to join Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and the people of John Street Church, the nation's oldest Methodist congregation, in worship at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 as they celebrate their 250th anniversary. Bishop Bickerton will preach at this service commemorating the first Methodist class meeting held in Philip Embury’s home in October 1766, which led to the creation of Wesley Chapel (later John Street Church) in 1768.

October 20, 2016: Museum Gala & Silent Auction.  Join the John Street congregation on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for an evening of bluegrass music and delicious food to celebrate the church's history and raise money for the Capital Restoration Fund. You'll also have the opportunity to bid on several fantastic items including a South African Safari, a Hudson Valley Golf Outing, and Broadway Tickets. Suggested Donation: $50

Contact John Street UMC at 212-269-0014 or email for more information on both events.  


250th Anniversary Resources Available

Resources developed by the Commission on Archives and History for the 250th anniversary are now available! These can be used by local churches and others to help tell the story of the New York Annual Conference:
  • Biographical posters (also available as bulletin inserts) that tell the stories of 25 persons significant to the history of the New York Annual Conference, to be used for Bible study and discussion.  See to download individual copies or a single PDF booklet file of all 25. We also have printed copies of the booklet available; contact us at
  • Short videos for 10 of the 25 luminaries. These were shown at Annual Conference 2016 and can be viewed and downloaded for use in worship services, Bible study, and discussion. See
  • Order your own timeline banner that illustrates 250 years of conference history! See for instructions or to download PDF versions of the timeline.