This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Going to chuch the Kniman Methodist way

(I thought it would be interesting to use Sundays to focus on Rensselaer's churches and to see how many Sundays I can go before I run out of material. Indiana is richly endowed with religious denominations, with influences from North and South, East and West. This is part of that series of posts.)

Kniman United Methodist Church is located on the west edge of Kniman, a tiny town just east of the intersection of SR 110 and US 231. Kniman is about 14 miles north of Rensselaer. According to the "Church Services Directory" in the Rensselaer Republican, the pastor is Alvin Smith. Morning service and Sunday school are at 10:00 a.m.
As the name implies, it is part of the United Methodists. Other United Methodist churches around Rensselaer include Trinity United Methodist church in Rensselaer, the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church, Brushwood United Methodist Church, and Remington United Methodist Church. See the link to the Trinity United Methodist Church for more on the United Methodists.

According to the Jasper County Interim Report, the building is in the center steeple/late Gothic revival style and was built about 1890. It looks rather similar to the Independence Methodist Church, which was built in 1873. The Mount Ayr United Methodist Church (built around 1910) is also quite similar.

The church does not have a website, but can be found in some of the United Methodist Church websites. These site do not have it located in the right place. See here and here.

Though it is a simple structure, the church has stained-glass windows.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a pretty, pretty church. Thank you for the stained glass photo.