History of Hudson First United Methodist Church

edwinapaintingA large maple tree stands beside the entrance to First United Methodist Church of Hudson.  The tree is a reminder of United Methodism’s roots in New England, for it was under a tree like this in 1789 in Norwalk, Connecticut, where the first “Methodist” preacher in New England, Jesse Lee, captivated a crowd with his challenging message.  He spoke under a similar tree in the Boston Common in 1790.  Methodists like Lee brought a unique spirituality to the area, characterized as “enthusiastic” by other Christians who believed respectable Christianity ought to be subdued and even dull.  Methodist sermons were not welcome in established churches, so they were offered under trees like the one that stands beside First United Methodist Church of Hudson.  Eventually these pastors would be invited into homes and Methodist “societies” would form.  A society was formed in the Hudson, Massachusetts area in 1808  by Reverend Benjamin Hoyt in the home of Phineas Sawyer, a saw and grist-mill owner in town.  A brick church was built in 1828 on Hudson’s “Gospel Hill” just East of downtown and then in 1867 a larger church was built on Main Street across from the Unitarian Church.  After a devastating fire in 1911 a new location on Felton Street was selected and the cornerstone for the present building was set in 1912. penandink.church 

More Hudson history can be found at the Town of Hudson website.

The First United Methodist Church in Hudson is a connectional church, which means it is a member of the United Methodist Church and closely linked to other churches in New England, in America and throughout the world.  The link below will take you to the United Methodist Church website where you can learn more:  United Methodist Web Site.

We thank artist, Edwina Eastman, who creaated both pictures on this page!