McKendree Chapel presents symposium on the history of Methodism in the U.S.


 The McKendree Chapel Memorial Association invites you to join us September 21-22, to celebrate 200 years of Methodism west of the Mississippi. We are celebrating because the faithful from your conference entered the Western Frontier in the early 1800’s, establishing camp meetings and classes in order to study and worship. McKendree Chapel, constructed in 1819, hosted the first Missouri Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church west of the Mississippi River. The Chapel remains the oldest Protestant church still standing west of the Mississippi. A two-day event, hosted by The Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University and the Association, will celebrate the history of Methodism in our area. A Symposium on the History of Methodism in the U.S, led by nationally recognized scholars will focus on the Western Frontier and the growth of Methodism in the 1800’s. The Symposium is Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and at Centenary UMC. The registration fee of $40 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, evening banquet, and a book on the History of McKendree Chapel. Clergy may earn one CEU. Clergy scholarships are available. A Celebration and Service will be held on the Chapel grounds on Sunday, Sept. 22, Noon to 4:00 PM with Bishop Bob Farr, Missouri Conference, delivering the message at 2 p.m. A modern-day camp meeting with food and activities on the grounds of Old McKendree Chapel will be offered. The chapel is located at 4080 Bainbridge Rd., Jackson MO. A brochure and detailed schedule of the Symposium is attached. If you wish more information, including online registration for the two events or a downloadable registration form for the Symposium, you may go to our website: Questions may be addressed to Adelaide Parsons, McKendree Chapel is one of 10 major Methodist Shrines of America and is included in the General Conference’s National Heritage Landmarks in the United States. The Chapel and Cemetery are on the National Registry of Historic Places in the U.S.