Dear members and friends:
It is a pleasure to greet you with the enthusiasm that has been the hallmark of 40 years of Methodism in Merrimack, NH. As a community of faith, we are forever indebted to the circuit rider Jesse Lee, founding father of New England Methodism. Moreover, we are the heirs of the enthusiastic spirit of ten Merrimack families who came together in unity of Christian thought and friendship to form the Wesley Christian Fellowship in late 1966.
One year later, the fellowship grew to become the first new Methodist congregation in New Hampshire in 4 decades. On November 19, 1967, a chartering service for St. James United Methodist Church was celebrated proclaiming grace and freedom to meet the spiritual hunger of that time. In this same spirit, we face the future aware of the awesome responsibility to be true to our heritage and faithful to Christ and God's people today.
As we begin our fifth decade, if past events are any indication of future possibilities, "the people called Methodists" will continue to provide a vital and viable witness of proclamation and service to the people of this area and to people throughout the world.
The congregation of St. James UMC