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Centenary United Methodist Church
3 W Washington St
Bath, NY
Pastor - Eleanor Collinsworth
Phone - 607-776-3434
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"Church History"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  The first  Methodist Society in Bath organized in 1814, as part of the Newtown  (Elmira) Circuit riders came at intervals of two or three weeks, riding  horseback through all elements to bring the Good News to Bath. In 1822  the Methodist Episcopal Church of Bath was formed, and raised funds to  construct a building in 1835 a pastor was assigned to Bath and  Hammondsport. Membership was 44, which grew to 109 in 1843 and to 177 in  1849.
   In 1866 a new building was constructed with a steeple, second floor  audience room, and first floor    for SundaySchool and other activities.  The name Centenary Methodist recognized Methodism's 100 years in  America. In 1892 a parsonage was constructed next to the church.
   An Education Building was completed in 1964 with Sunday School rooms  and a larger Fellowship Hall. In 1975 a parsonage was purchased at 208  West Washington Street. In 1976 both the sanctuary and the old parsonage  were demolished to make way for a new sanctuary. The modern design of  this new building features large stained glass windows in three corners.  The thick glass pieces are set in epoxy and make an impressive sight,  the flower filled Easter Cross hangs in one window. All furnishings,  including the four-section chancel, are moveable, andseveral different  arrangements are used for worship. The Narthex holds our name tag and  information boards, and the Christmas Poinsettia tree.
   With a membership of just under 600 and average worship attendence  of about 200, Centenary is an activechurch. Many community groups use  our facilities for meetings, and several Scout groups also meet here.
    In December 1865, under the leadership of Rev. A. F. Morey, Pastor,  it was determined at a church  meeting to make an effort to enlarge or  rebuild the current wooden structure. A subscription of about  $7000.00  was obtained and a plan was adopted for a new church edifice, to be 90ft  by 41ft, with tower  and spire, an audience room and a basement for  Sunday School and Class Rooms. In April 1866 the job of building was let  to Andrew J. Barton and Ebenezer W. Buck. These two men were to furnish  the  materials and finish the church for $8300.00. The old wooden  structure was sold for $775.00 to Jos.  Carter and the closing services  were held Sunday the last of April 1866. The first entrance to the  church faced the park and in the vestibule were two stairways, one on  each side leading up into the auditorium.   There was also a door which  opened up into the basement of the church, in which there was a large    room and several small class rooms. The pulpit was in the west end of  Church with the choir in the east  gallery and later at the right of the  pulpit. There were also two back stairways leading up into the    auditorium. In 1902 and 1903 the Church was remodeled with the  Washington Street entrance added   and the beautiful Memorial Windows  put in. An addition was made on the south side of the building to   make  room for a much needed pipe organ and the pulpit was changed from the  west end to the south   side. In 1921 under the leadership of Rev. David  Evans, the hardwood floor was laid in the sanctuary and seats were  installed.

   This material was taken from A HISTORY OF CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1814- 1964

                                        By: Lauretta Miller Barnes

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