Allentown UMC - North Central


   Mrs. Sarah Rebecca Meredith Allen was one of the most active members of this church during its beginning. She held the first services in her own parlor, housed ministers and their families and donated 2 acres of land for the parsonage and church. It was Sarah's belief that the collection plate should not be passed if there were visitors attending the service.
The first mention of the Allentown Charge or Mission, as it is sometimes referenced, is in the Annual Conference Minutes of December 1891. The parsonage was completed in 1894, and the church in 1896. The Board of Trustees included J. T. Land (Chairman), W. M. Allen, J. P. Jones, D. M. Meredith, Milton Davis, E. A. Watkins, J.G. Floyd, and C. B. Birdsong.
In 1993 Allentown UMC was included in the Dudley Charge and was named Charge of the Year for the Dublin District. The present UMW was organized in December 1975 and named Bell Group in honor of Jean Bell, wife of our pastor, Paul Bell. They have been active since that time. The ladies in the UMW and others joining us from different churches and the community are involved in a sewing group called Agape Stitchers. This was organized in September 2003, under the leadership of Grace Wicker, wife of our pastor, Billy Wicker. The idea came from a revival sermon preached by Bobby Gales and Grace's love of sewing. Dresses for girls and shirts for boys are made and given to local people to be brought on mission trips. Bobby Gale brought the first dresses to Costa Rica. The UMW has also furnished book bags and baby blanket kits which are made for UMCOR.



841 Highway 112
Allentown GA 31003

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