|Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Penns Grove, NJ
|Old horse stables, adjacent to Emmanuel Methodist Church on S. Broad
St, were removed in the 1930's. Street to right of photo is Church St.
Emmanuel is the oldest Methodist church in the borough,
dating back to 1834 when preaching services were started in
Helms' Cove School which was a one -room country school.
The first Methodist class in the borough was formed in l836 by
John Boqua, known as the "Father of Penns Grove Methodism."
Emmanuel Church was formally established on Aug.26, l844.
The first structure was started in l845 at the present location on
South Broad Street. Emmanuel was part of the Swedesboro
Circuit in its early years of l845-46,served by Joseph Atwood
and John Beagle. The first Emmanuel Church Building was
dedicated in l846.