A HISTORY OF OUR CONGREGATION

MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING AND REBUILDING A VITAL URBAN MINISTRY, SEEKING TO PROVIDE PHYSICAL AND SPRITUAL COMFORT AND A WELCOMING CHURCH HOME TO A WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE FROM THROUGHOUT SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. THE CHURCH IS AFFILIATED WITH THE RHODE ISLAND SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (RISEM) DISTRICT OF THE NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.

METHODISM HAS EXISTED IN TAUNTON SINCE EARLY IN THE 19TH CENTURY. IN SEPTEMBER 1954, HURRICANE CAROL CAVED IN THE ROOF OF THE FORMER CALVARY METHODIST CHURCH, LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF WEIR STREET AND SOMERSET AVENUE. CALVARY'S CONGREGATION WAS INVITED TO TAKE REFUGE AT THE NEARBY FIRST METHODIST CHURCH ON WEIR STREET, WHICH ITSELF WAS LOCATED IN A SMALL AND AGING STRUCTURE. SOON, THE TWO CONGREGATIONS SAW THE ADVANTAGES OF MERGING INTO A SINGLE LARGER FORCE AND OF CONSTRUCTING A NEW EDIFICE TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE BETTERMENT OF THEIR MINISTRIES. THEY ACQUIRED AN ESTATE LOCATED BETWEEN THE TWO CHURCHES AND UNDERTOOK A MAJOR FUNDRAISING AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH, NAMED FOR MEMORIAL PARK LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET, HELD ITS FIRST WORSHIP SERVICE ON JUNE 2, 1957. THE ORGAN AND PEWS WERE SALVAGED FROM CALVARY CHURCH, REFURBISHED AND PLACED IN NEW SETTINGS AT MEMORIAL. THE CHURCH LATER ADDED A REAR WING FOR CLASSROOMS AND OFFICES. THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE STEEPLE, WHICH HAS BECOME A MAJOR TAUNTON LANDMARK, WAS RAISED IN 1962. IN THE PERIOD 2000-2002, THE 1915 ORGAN WAS RESTORED IN A MAJOR FUNDRAISING AND BUILDING PROJECT, ITS PIPES MOVED ONTO THE ALTAR FOR BETTER RESONANCE, AND A MODERN SYNTHESIZING CONSOLE INSTALLED. THE CHURCH BUILDING HOSTS A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS.

VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
at www.neumc.org


 Reverend Doctor Henry James, Pastor

JORDAN FIORE – LAY LEADER                            DAVID CHARITY, CUSTODIAN

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES AND MINISTRIES

Sunday Morning Worship 9:00 AM

Sunday School for Children during Sunday Worship

Fellowship and Coffee Hour immediately following Sunday Worship

Bible Study, First and Third Saturdays at 9:30 AM

Clothes to Go, Fourth Saturday 10:00 AM-Noon

Pastoral Office Hours on Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment.

Food Pantry available by appointment.

Please call 508-823-2374 for information or to schedule appointments.

We look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday! J



WELCOME TO

MEMORIAL united methodist
 
TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS
 



SERVING TAUNTON'S CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SINCE 1957
 WORSHIP TIME 9:00 A. M.
LOCATED AT 176 SOMERSET AVENUE (ROUTE 138 SOUTH), TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS, ACROSS FROM MEMORIAL PARK
TELEPHONE (508)823-2374
 EMAIL: tauntonmethodist@YAHOO.COM

 


OUR PASTOR

Rev. Dr. Henry K. G. James

Reverend Dr. Henry Kunwun Gbassagee James became pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church in Taunton and Trinity United Methodist Church in Providence, Rhode Island on July 1, 2011.  Immediately prior to coming to Memorial and Trinity, Dr. James was the pastor of Georgia United Methodist Church in St. Albans, Vermont.  A native of Liberia and the son of a paramount chief, Dr. James graduated from the University of Liberia with a degree in criminal justice and sociology and served with the Special Security Service as a bodyguard for the President of Liberia.  In 1972, he received a call to ministry and served with a Pentecostal ministry and the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Liberia.  

In the mid 1980s, Dr. James came to the United States to study in seminaries in Ohio.  He eventually moved from the AME to the United Methodist Church.  He received a Master of Divinity degre in the African American style of preaching from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio and a Doctor of Ministry degree in church revitalization and growth from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.  He assumed pastorates in Ohio and West Virginia, in Stoughton, Massachusetts, in upstate New York, and in St. Albans.  

     Dr. James has applied his skills in congregational growth and development in both urban and rural environments and presents a very charismatic and interactive form of preaching.  He resides in Somerset with his wife, Ruth, and  twins Henry and Henriet.  He also has adult twins, also a son and daughter, who reside in Liberia and whom he hopes to bring to the United States. 
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