Bethany United Methodist Church serves Crocheron

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Bethany United Methodist Church was built around 1940.

CROCHERON — The Bethany United Methodist Church, originally the Bethany Methodist Episcopal Church, represents the only religious organization to serve the immediate environs of Crocheron at the south end of the peninsula of land known as Bishops Head. The formation of the Bethany Methodist congregation dates to 1890 when a small parcel of land was conveyed from Amos and Ruth C. Jones to church trustees, William H. Todd, William H. Langrell, Major A. Jones, William E. Powell, and George T. Pritchett.

The lot contained forty-four square perches. Similar to rural churches throughout Dorchester County, a school was sited next to the church. A few months after the land for the church was conveyed, a half-acre parcel south of the church was conveyed by Amos and Ruth Jones to the Board of School Commissioners. The relationship of the church and school sited next to one another has survived intact due to the conversion of the school to a church hall in the mid twentieth century.

The Board of School Commissioners conveyed the school and a half-acre lot to the trustees of the Bethany United Methodist Church in July 1957. Also during the middle years of the twentieth century, the congregation financed the construction of a replacement church, built on an ell-shaped plan with modest references to the Colonial Revival style. The school follows a traditional form for one-room plan educational structures with its gable-front main elevation and six-over-six sash windows.

In other church news: St Paul’s United Methodist Church Cleaning out after the Holidays? So are the ladies in the Basement Shop. We will be closed the month of January as we re-stock. Have items you no longer need or want? Call the church office to schedule a time to drop off to the Basement Shop.

Faith Baptist Fellowship Wednesday Bible Study/Prayer at 7 p.m. Sunday School for Adults - 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship is held at 11 a.m. Join in-person and on Facebook LIVE at Listen from church parking lot on 88.9 FM. The church is at 1312 Race St. Call 410-221-5104. Old Trinity Church Old Trinity Church has regular Sunday services on Sunday at 11 a.m. St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Mass is held at Refuge of Sinners (Minnette Mills Dick Hall) on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Congregants are asked to follow health guidelines, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another, and wearing masks.

The Spanish-language mass is being held at 6 p.m. on Sundays, with the same protocols. St. Mary Star of the Sea has delayed its reopening until Refuge of Sinners enacts its safety protocols. For information on the parish, visit the new website at

Church of the Nazarene Reverend Richard Prahl will preach Jan. 31 on Luke 3:1-20 & Luke 3:7-9, “Walking with Luke and Finding Jesus” – “Jesus’ Baptism.” Worship is 10:45 a.m. There will be music provided by the Worship Team and Caroline Baker, soloist. Sunday school is 10 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. We are abiding by the CDC guidelines. Everyone is welcome! You will also find the service online – FaceBook;

Christ Episcopal Church In-person service on Jan. 31. Eucharist service, 9 am. Presided by Rev. Canon Bernie Schroeder and Rev. Deacon Barbara Coleman. Please wear a mask. CDC rules will be enforced. Graveside service for Charles Thompson in Christ Church graveyard after service.

Zion UMC The church has indoor worship service in the Sanctuary every Sunday at 11 a.m. Masks must be worn and all health and safety protocol is being followed. Everyone is welcome. Please come to 612 Locust St., Cambridge. Immanuel UCC Immanuel United Church of Christ, 5401 White Hall Rd., Cambridge, has returned to “Virtual” services at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

Souls Harbor Church of God Sunday morning worship service at Souls Harbor Church of God will begin at 10:30 a.m. and children’s services are on hold temporarily.