Friday, June 17, 2011

New Bern churches

We have a gallery up for some of our favorite churches in New Bern.

Here are the church histories from their websites:

First Presbyterian

Centenary Methodist. Francis Asbury preached here several times. Asbury Theological Seminary is named after him.

Christ Episcopal, where George Whitefield, the great evangelist and founder of Methodism, preached in 1765. He had previously preached in New Bern, at the courthouse on Christmas Day, 1739: The Rev. George Whitefield, (1714-1770), the famous Methodist divine, “unequalled prince of pulpit orators,” arrived in New Bern on Christmas eve in 1739. On Christmas day he preached in the courthouse. An account of his visit related that “Most of his congregation was melted to tears. Here he was grieved to see the minister encouraging dancing, and to find a dancingmaster in every little town. ‘Such sinful entertainments,’ he said, ‘enervate the minds of the people, and insensibly lead them into effeminacy and ruin’.” - "Crown of life; History of Christ Church, New Bern, N. C., 1715-1940", Gertrude Sprague Carraway.

Old St Paul's, North Carolina's oldest Catholic church.

Temple B'nai Sholem

And the gallery is up here:

Mike and Leece's image galleries

under the Eastern North Carolina June 2011 heading.