What do you think the following have in common?

  • Massachusetts became the first state to pass laws stating that a child under age twelve could be forced to work only a maximum of 10 hours per day.
  • The first adhesive postage stamp was printed with a hand - drawn picture of George Washington.
  • The first illustrated weekly magazine in the U.S. was published.
  • Ether was used as an anesthetic in America for the first time.
  • The United States consisted of only 26 states.
  • The first established group of Methodists began gathering near the banks of the Forked Deer River at the south end of Church Street.

The common element in these events is that they all happened in 1842, 175 years ago. Here’s some interesting facts about the beginnings of what became First Methodist Church, Dyersburg:

  • In 1840, The Methodist Episcopal Church in Tennessee appointed Robert Tarrant to Dyersburg to establish a circuit.
  • In 1842, Robert Tarrant began a series of meetings in the courthouse and a Methodist Society was established. Between 75 and 100 persons were converted and joined the church.
  • In 1843, the Methodists began a church building and completed it in 1844. This frame building was the first church built in Dyersburg.

There is much more to the story, the history, of our first 175 - years as Dyersburg First UMC. Equally important is that you are a part of that story — past, present and future — and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating God’s work in our congregation. Events and activities will culminate on Sunday, October 15 th , when we will celebrate with a special worship service and luncheon. Joining us will be our Bishop, Bill McAlilly and his wife, Lynn.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this event and be in prayer for our church as we celebrate the past, treasure the present, and eagerly look toward the future, striving to know, love, share and serve Christ in our community and world.

Remembering the Past, Enjoying the Present, Embracing the Future of God’s love in Dyersburg First United Methodist Church.

If anyone has any questions, please see Ed, J. Dan Gullett, Joetta Yarbro, or Amy Heckethorn.