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History of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church

A History of the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church

Thomas Thompson and wife Ann arrived about August 1, 1752 and as Francis Nash records in his history of Orange County; they settled ten miles north of Hillsborough. John Anderson and his wife Anne Moore were already here. They settled on the Eno River in 1738. The same year in England, May 24, 1738, John Wesley, the founder of our Methodist Church, was moved to go out and preach the gospel. John Wesley's brother, Charles, wrote 6,500 hymns. Ships from England were bringing people of many denominations. Thomas Thompson and wife deeded a plot of land to John Anderson in 1754 for a newly formed "Meeting House." When Hugh McAden, a Presbyterian missionary, came to the home of John Anderson there was already a "Meeting House" for him to preach in. He preached on the second Sunday of August in 1755. The research done for the 1832-1982 history shows the Cedar Grove Methodist Church to be laid in the founding of the Old Eno Presbyterian Church in 1755. These devoted men and women who worshiped together as a body of Christians were not as much concerned about being Presbyterians as they were believers in Christ and his teaching. Their chief concern was that the spirit of God was abiding in them.

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Our New Building

The beautiful morning of May 1, 2005 turned out to be the Sunday we moved into our new church. The Gospel lesson that day was from John. As Jesus comforted his disciples, we are also comforted by these beautiful words:

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also. And whether I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14:1-4

The three main parts of the new building remind us of our relationship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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