Meadville Tribune

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March 5, 2013

Congregation looks to future ahead of move to new church


CANAL TOWNSHIP — Did you know?

The Canal Wesleyan Methodist Church congregation was established on Feb. 2, 1849, following a revival meeting held in the area. Original membership was 14.

After worshiping in the school building for a time, the congregation met in the old Baptist Church, located at the junction of what was known as Black Top and Swamp roads.

In 1859, the congregation was able to build a church of its own on a hill located just a little northwest of the present building. The group worshiped there for about 52 years.

On Feb. 13, 1912, the little church on the hill was destroyed by fire. However, a new structure was erected and then dedicated on July 19, 1914.

Ground was broken again in June 2012 for a new church, which will be dedicated on Sunday.

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