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Circuit Rider – A Methodist History Tour UPDATE

troy umc studentsIn the earliest years of the United States, Methodist pastors traveled by horseback from church to church, called a circuit, to minister and organize congregations. These pastors were called “circuit riders.” The middle school and high school students finished the Summer 2016 Wednesday Night Series by riding an eighty-one mile circuit of United Methodist sites via church bus and learning local church history as told by Rev. Dennis Price.

The group started at Troy United Methodist Church and made the first tour stop in downtown Troy at The Christian Church to see the sanctuary and former building of Troy UMC. The second stop was St. Jacob UMC and then to McKendree University, Illinois’ oldest college founded 1828 in Lebanon, IL. Rev. Dr. Tim Harrison, University Chaplain, shared with students about Bothwell Chapel and provided a brief visit to the chapel’s museum. We saw a wide-brimmed hat belonging to Peter Cartwright (1785-1872), a Methodist circuit rider who traveled in Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. Next tour stop was the marker in Glen Carbon identifying the location of a log meeting house built in 1805 – Bethel Chapel, the First Methodist Church in Illinois. The bus headed north to Worden UMC, then to the final stop of the tour – the delicious Twistee Treat at The Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, IL!

For more information about events for students, contact Rev. Kurt Stone: or visit the Website.

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