Check out these First Church fun facts!
- 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.
- Solar Panels were recently added to the church roof. A nice energy savings!
- In 1881 a library organization was started by the church which evolved into the St. Joseph County Public Library.
- 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.
- Clement Studebaker and his family were members of the church in the 1880’s and beyond.
- 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 (I know, right?), 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.
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