Sanctuary. A scene from Transformers 3 was filmed right here in this room. Abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. HDR

Sanctuary. A scene from Transformers 3 was filmed right here in this room. Abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. HDR
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Image by slworking2
Watch a video I shot of this church – nine minutes long – on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_twF8luodI

This church was featured in an episode of the TV show Life After People.

The city of Gary, Indiana was founded as a booming steel city as the twentieth century passed, and areas downtown saw the construction of several impressive buildings during these prosperous early years. In 1925, a cornerstone ceremony took place at 577 Washington St. to commemorate the construction of a Gothic Revival church called City Methodist. It was completed 21 months later, at the cost of one million dollars – 5,000 of which was contributed by the United States Steel Corp. (which also founded the city). Elbert Gary, the chairman of U.S. Steel and origin of the city’s name, donated a Skinner organ as well. The Bedford limestone structure consisted of a 50-foot tall sanctuary nave and elaborate stonework, and was able to seat 950 worshipers; City Methodist had a congregation of nearly 3,000 members in its heyday. The building was also home to Seaman Hall – a 1,000 seat auditorium, and a gymnasium with a full size basketball court. Storefronts were built into the building, with hopes that the income would offset the enormous maintenance costs.

During the 1920s, Pastor William Seaman rallied against the power of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, and welcomed black worshipers into City Methodist during a time when African Americans were not permitted in "white churches."

Gary entered a downward spiral during the 1960s, like many other industrial cities during the period. As U.S. Steel employment dwindled, the residents of Gary moved to nearby suburbs; then as jobs left downtown, city many residents moved out altogether while crime and poverty rose. By 1973 the church’s congregation had only 300 members and by 1975 the Methodists moved out of the structure. A second congregation occupied the building until they left in the early 1980s; some storefronts and office space was utilized for a while but soon the entire campus was completely abandoned.

Not long before the second congregation gave up the building, the organ went to a residence in Lansing, Illinois. While an addition was being made to the home and the organ installed, the home burned and most of Op.611 went with it. The console went through the floor into the basement.

City Methodist was burned in the Great Gary Arson of 1997, resulting in a large portion of the roof collapsed or missing. It is now owned by the city of Gary, and its future remains unclear.

A scene from the 2011 movie Transformers 3 was filmed inside this church.

To register your support for saving City Methodist Church, contact David Wright, Gary City Planner, 219-881-5090.

1967 City United Methodist Church Directory (includes old photos)
575 Washington Street
Gary, Indiana 46402
www.faithfabric.com/tbh/gary/67directory.htm

Methodist church, Ashworth, Ontario, Canada (1910)

Methodist church, Ashworth, Ontario, Canada (1910)
Church Service Video
Image by Toronto Public Library Special Collections
Methodist church, Ashworth, Ontario, Canada

Creator: T.C. Nicholls, B.A.
Date: 1910
Identifier: PC-ON 51
Format: Postcard
Rights: Public domain
Courtesy: Toronto Public Library

You can order order a print or high-resolution copy.

First United Methodist Church of Miami Downtown FL-Worship-Leap Day Miracle – 3-4-2012

Mary Weden talks about her early week anxiety over still being way short of the goal for the number of shoes tallied so far for the 2012 Annual Foot Washing for the Homeless scheduled for Saturday March 24th 1:00 through 4:30pm. On leap day (feb. 29th) Mary returned a voicemail from Nada Sater with Running with Sole, and learned on that call they are donating 250 pairs of shoes. To boot, received word that volunteers from the Korean United Methodist Church they will send a swarm of volunteers to the event as well. The page below has information on how you can pitch in! www.fumcmiami.com First United Methodist Church of Miami Downtown 400 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 (305) 371-4706 info@fumcmiami.com Website – www.fumcmiami.com Facebook – http Twitter – twitter.com Google+ – plus.google.com

How do I know if my church is in the United Methodist Annual Conference?

Question by daniellepathetique: How do I know if my church is in the United Methodist Annual Conference?
For a scholarship I need to know my church’s annual conference. I attend a United Methodist church in the south. Where can I find this information?

Best answer:

Answer by Arbitrary Person
Ask your pastor.

Google the conference and see if they have a list of churches that are part of it.

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What Is the difference between the united methodist church and the congregational church?

Question by Lyss: What Is the difference between the united methodist church and the congregational church?
im only 15, so please say in a way that will actually make sense to me. im a member of a congregational church but recently went to a retreat at a united Methodist church and i would like to know the differences.. thankyou đŸ˜€

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Answer by ⌡Machine Head⌠
The Congregational church is on the south end of Church street, The United Methodist church is on the north end of Church Street, with the old firehouse museum and the library in between them.

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What is the difference between a united methodist church and a baptist church?

Question by : What is the difference between a united methodist church and a baptist church?
What is the difference between a united methodist church and a baptist church? Do they have different teachings beliefs… etc.

Do they believe in saints like mary, judas…etc.

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Answer by Fireball
Baptists are more plain with no robes or candles and they wont allow women to speak in the pulpit…they ignore good friday…Methodists dont. We have more beauty, candles, robes and we DO keep good friday….saints are all born agains. It isnt up to catholics.

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