Methodist churches in Chestertown to become one worshipping congregation

CHESTERTOWN — The two Methodist churches on High Street in Chestertown officially will become one worshipping congregation on July 1, when Christ United Methodist at 401 High St. and First United Methodist at 360 High St. will be known as Christ First United Methodist Church.

The two congregations have been worshipping together recently under Pastor Herb Cain, who in the summer of 2022 was appointed pastor of both churches.

Cain will be leaving at the end of June, to be succeeded by Pastor Amy Yarnall, according to a news release that was sent out Monday, June 17.

Many ideas are being discussed for the use of the two buildings, including opening the former First UMC to the public for use by area charitable organizations.

For the months of June, July and August, services will continue to take place in the former First UMC building, what locally is known as the “church on the hill,” at 9:30 a.m.

In the fall, winter and spring, services will be held across the street at the former Christ UMC Church, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School.

A new emphasis on special music is an integral part of Sunday worship services under the leadership of organist Grace Wheatley. This will include chancel choir and the new chimes choir.

Special musical artists will be performing throughout the summer. They will include Nevin Dawson and Kimberly McCollum, viola and violin duet on June 30; David James, trumpet, on July 14; Harp & Soul on July 28; and vocal soloists.

Meanwhile, area nonprofits such as the Kent County Food Pantry and the emergency winter shelter will continue to use Christ First United Methodist Church as a home base.

For more information about Christ First UMC, call the church Monday through Thursday mornings at 410-778-0911.


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