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

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Going to Church the Morocco 1st Methodist way

(I thought it would be interesting to use Sundays to focus on Rensselaer area 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. )

The First United Methodist Church is located in Morocco at 203 S Clay Street. It is not listed in the "Church Services Directory" of the Rensselaer Republican, and it does not seem to have a website, but information about it is available on the United Methodist website and also on the Indiana Conference website.

The pastor is Gregory Waggoner. Sunday School is at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday worship is at 10:00 a.m.

This church building is one of the most impressive buildings in Morocco. The Newton County Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory says it is Gothic Revival, built in 1917 and rates it as outstanding. (Only three other structures in Morocco receive that rating.) The Inventory states: "The Methodist Episcopal Church of Morocco is an elegantly designed building that boasts a corner octagonal tower with crenelated parapet, rounded arched stained glass windows with keystones, and a stone water-table."

Below is a view of the building from the back.
For more on the United Methodist denomination, see the post on Rensselaer's United Methodist Church or follow the links here.

A block away is the Morocco Evangelical United Methodist Church, which is also affiliated with the United Methodists. It will be the topic of some future Sunday post.

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