From its first meeting at the Bly Hill location in 1791 to its current relocation site in 1832 to the present, the Center Meeting House of Newbury was never a church. It was the largest gathering place in town. It was the site of town meetings and religious services but never a specific denomination. After the Toleration Act of 1819, several different denominations shared the structure. This variety of programing continues today.
In keeping with that tradition, the Center Meeting House is pleased to announce that 3rd Great Awakening New England will be using our historic building as the site for a three day event entitled A RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. The event will be September 14th, 15th, and 16th All are invited.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Come and learn how religion helped establish our nation when we came together as one to defeat British tyranny. George Barbour, President of The Third Great Awakening, New England, and pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Newport , will present a religious timeline from the Pilgrims to the American Revolution. A question and answer session will follow.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pastor Barbour will present “The Founders’ View of Separation of Church and State” followed by questions and answers.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sunday will feature a colonial age Sunday school lesson on The Great Awakening. The following colonial church service features the famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, originally delivered by Jonathan Edwards in Enfield, CT on July 8, 1741. This sermon helped fuel The Great Awakening, the greatest revival the world has ever seen.
The conference closes Sunday with hot dogs and ice cream sundaes and casual conversations with Pastor Barbour after the church service on the Center Meeting House lawn.