Sunday, May 14, 2006

My grandfather, J. Malcolm Moore, interviewed about new church

New Free Methodist church opens in county
J. Malcolm Moore

PORT CHARLOTTE — A small group of individuals came together and realized Charlotte County was lacking something.

The county did not have a Free Methodist denomination church — at least, not until January. Malcolm Moore and a group of residents, some who were previous members of the church in different cities, decided to form the New Vision Fellowship Free Methodist Church.

After phone calls to national offices, the new church started having weekly services under the Free Methodist denomination at various homes around the area, and has now grown substantially.

With a membership of more than 45 people, and a handful of new people every week, the members decided to find a bigger, more permanent place to hold meetings. They found the Woman’s Club of Port Charlotte, 20271 Tappan Zee Drive.

“We decided that we needed a place — and lots of schools have already been used for (church services) and we were getting too crowded at homes, and this place holds over 125 people,” said Moore, a member of the executive board. Moore said a number of children attend services, and the Woman’s Club is perfect for kids’ activities.

Services are held at 10 a.m. Sundays at the club. Interim pastor, the Rev. Lloyd Moore, of Cape Coral, is conducting services, which usually last 55-65 minutes.

The public is invited to attend services. For more information, call (941) 766-8979.

As the name implies, Free Methodists trace their heritage back to original Methodism as led by its founder, John Wesley. The Free Methodist denomination came into being in America on Aug. 23, 1860, stated information provided by the church.

Issues that were important to them included slavery in America, and also the widespread practice of renting or selling church pews — which relegated the poor to benches in the back of the sanctuary. While the mother church did not take a stand, those who took the name “Free” Methodist opposed slavery. Also, they called for free seats for all and emphasized offerings to support the church’s ministries. Free Methodist churches are located across North America and in nearly 50 other countries.

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  1. Sorry about the small text in the first few lines. Don't know how to fix it yet.

  2. I bet it copied the literal font used in the source... I have that happen all the time, sometimes in blogger but also in a word processor program I use.

  3. yeah Grampie, rock the scene,son!!
    I'm very happy for them, it's a great accomplishment.

  4. Just curious - I was raised Methodist Episcopal myself, and I had thought that the Free Methodists had become part of the United Methodist Church when we did.

    At any rate, a new home for praise is always a good omen, and congratulations on the new Church!