Old Starr Methodist Church home­com­ing is Sun­day

Record Observer - - Religion -

STARR — Old Starr Methodist Church will hold its home­com­ing ser­vice Sun­day, Oct. 1. A song Ser­vice will be held at 2 p.m., fol­lowed by wor­ship at 3.

Old Starr Methodist Church’s be­gin­ning was in a lit­tle vil­lage called Hall’s Cross­road’s in the late 1770s. The Hall’s Cross­roads So­ci­ety was a reg­u­lar preach­ing ap­point­ment and ac­tive in the early 1780s.

John Emory, who later be­came Bishop, was con­verted at a “bush meet­ing” near Hall’s Cross Roads in 1806.

This present church was built in the late 1850s and ded­i­cated in Novem­ber 1860. Start­ing in 1881, Sun­day School was held from April through the sec­ond Sun­day of Oc­to­ber.

In 1882 the church was re­paired and fres­coed in an out­stand­ing man­ner. In 1886 a new or­gan was pur­chased.

Some­time be­tween 1885 and 1890 Hall’s Cross Roads was changed to Starr by the Post Of­fice De­part­ment. In 1899 this church be­came Starr M.E. Church.

In 1927 the Greenville School House was pur­chased and moved to the church grove.

In 1948 the church was again re­paired and painted in­side and out. Rev. Otho Brewer was the min­is­ter.

In 1959 the mem­bers were num­bered at 17 and the con­fer­ence closed the church. In 1961 the church changed to Richard As­bury and re­mained an ac­tive church un­til 1995, when it closed again.

In 1997 the Methodist con­fer­ence sold the church to a com­mit­tee to re­store and keep.

Much has been done and much re­mains to be com­pleted.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

The Old Starr Methodist Church in Starr, right, is pic­tured, with the so­cial hall be­hind it. The Starr church is lo­cated be­tween Centreville and Queen Anne.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Queen for a Day win­ner An­gela Hill of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., slices her spe­cial cake with the as­sis­tance of event com­mit­tee mem­ber Donna Hutch­er­son, Satur­day afternoon, Sept. 23, in Don­ald­son Hall at St. Paul’s Church in Centreville. Hill had never been to Centreville be­fore. She said she came to support the fundraiser for many dif­fer­ent lo­cal char­i­ties. She never ex­pected she would have her name pulled out of a hat as the win­ner of the event. She was show­ered with many gifts to take home and a won­der­ful meal pro­vided by the or­ga­niz­ers.

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