Cool Facts

Cool Facts

Check out these First Church fun facts!

  • Solar Panels were recently added to the church roof.
  • The Blessing of the Pets is held annually.
  • First Methodist SB has a 9 am Sunday service outside at Leeper Park each summer.
  • The Soup Kitchen serves hearty, amazing recipes of soup. Plus, sends its guests home with a carry out bag for later.
  • The color of the carpet in the sanctuary is called Morning Blue.
  • There are 75 rooms all together in the church buildings.
  • Nineteen community organizations use the church for meetings.
  • Originally the church was named the First Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • In the 1940s, 50s and 60s the Church had its own basketball team.
  • The sanctuary organ is elegant, grand in scope, and spectacularly full-voiced.
  • First sermon for the church was preached in year 1831 (Yes, 1831!!) inside a South Bend tavern owned by Benjamin Coquillard.
  • The massive church bell is rung prior to Sunday service. And, you can have a turn!
  • Known as Dance at The Meth, dances for teenagers were all the rage in the 1960’s.
  • In the late 1850’s the church was instrumental in creating a new co-educational Protestant college, named Northern Indiana College. The little college may have survived, if not for the Civil War.
  • Clement Studebaker and his family were members of the church in the 1880’s and beyond.
  • In 1881 a library organization was started by the church which evolved into the St. Joseph County Public Library.
  • In 1894, the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church formed Epworth Hospital and Training School, eventually growing to be called today’s Memorial Hospital, Beacon Health System.

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