A Promise Fulfilled!
“Methodism was first introduced to Norwalk in 1787. Reverend Jesse Lee arrived in 1789 and started the first Methodist society in Norwalk, which was also the first in New England. Thus, Norwalk’s First United Methodist Church can trace its lineage to the birthplace of Methodism in New England. After utilizing several structures throughout the years, the current yellow brick and white marble building was designed by the architect M. H. Hubbard of Utica, New York. The cornerstone was laid 11 June 1897, with construction completed the following year. The builder was Stephen M. Randall, who had offices at 1125 Broadway, at the corner of 25th Street in New York City and at 154 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn. The total cost of construction was $56,400.”
 
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Below are some pictures of the building in it’s former glory. 
“On May 20, 2014, Macedonia Church saved one of Norwalk’s finest architectural landmarks when it purchased the former First United Methodist Church located at 39 West Avenue.”
 
Below is an  excerpt from an article written by Robert Koch of THE HOUR and was published Saturday, May 24, 2014.

NORWALK — Sixteen years ago, the Rev. DeWitt Stevens, Jr., senior pastor at Macedonia Church in South Norwalk, received a prophesy from a visiting clergyman.

The clergyman, a Rev. Ed Traut, told Stevens that Macedonia Church and its congregation would finally have a building to call their own after renting from place to place across Norwalk since 1978.

“He gave us a word of prophecy that God was going to bless us,” Stevens said. “He called me out of a meeting and said, ‘God is going to bless you with your own church,’ and he said, ‘What I see is an old church, just sitting there, big in all the right places and empty.'”

On Friday afternoon, Stevens, and the Revs. Albert Ray Dancy and Michael Rumble, fellow pastors at Macedonia Church, stood inside the former First United Methodist Church at 39 West Avenue.

Three days earlier, Macedonia Church purchased the vacant church from The New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for $1,215,000.

“This is a 16-year prophesy that had been given to us, that God was going to bless us with an old church,” said Stevens, looking up at the historic pipe organ and large stained-glass windows. “We prayed about it, pondered it, kept our eyes open.”

Macedonia Church officials describe the 7,280-square-foot yellow brick structure, which was built in 1896 and is now on the state Register of Historic Places, as a “Godsend.”
 
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Below are some pictures of the church after Phase One of our renovations.