1840s: Some of the members: EDDY, Celia CLAPP, Ora, Alice
Circuit changed to Brewer Village, North Brewer and Eddington.
Plans made to build current church
September 17, 1844:
Land (45 square rods) sold to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Society of
Brewer and Eddington by Frederick HOBBS, guardian of Eliza W. EATON, a minor, for the sum of $15.00,
Trustees: Nathaniel MCMAHON of Eddington, Joshua KENNEY, Allen CROWELL,
Ernest SINCLAIR and Isaac CLEWLEY of Brewer.
First Building Committee was headed by Rev. S. W. BEALE and Brother Allen
CROMWELL. Lumber was purchased for $60.00; Brother CROMWELL advanced the money and more money was raised by other members and friends
1844 to 1872:
Allen CROMWELL was recording steward, a total of 28 years.
First church school started
July 5, 1845:
Fourth quarterly conference was held in the new church.
The first stewards of the church were Nathaniel McMAHON and Isaac CLEWLEY
Outside of the church finished and Rev. BEALE painted the building.
A makeshift desk and rough seats built by the Rev. BEALE from leftover
Rev. BEALE was the first to preach a sermon in the new church
Church was dedicated by the Rev. Joseph JENNES and the
Rev. William FARRINGTON.
Hymn composed and sung by Mrs. PALMER, daughter
of Rev. BEALE.
Conference took over the church.
The record of annual expenses at that time was quarterage (meaning lodgings) $232.00; house rent $16.00; table expenses $50.00; fuel $12.00; and traveling expenses $10.00. These varied from year to year. Hours of horseback riding were necessary in 1869. Brother WARDWELL L. D., the presiding elder, travelled(sic) 1,700 miles by horse and buggy; he made 644 pastoral visits (in some places an overnight stay was necessary), and preached 140 sermons.
Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.