Old Stone is located two miles west of Swedesboro, just north of Route 322 at the intersection of Stone Meeting House and Oak Grove Roads.
Bethesda United Methodist Church in Swedesboro serves as caretaker for its “Mother Church”. This old brownstone church was built in 1793 by local farmers who needed a place nearby to worship. It remains very much the same today as it was 223 years ago, lit by oil lamps and warmed only by the worshippers.
Pastor Dottie Dann, a former pastor at Bethesda, will deliver the sermon, which is titled “Celebration”. The anniversary service will be celebrating the history of the old church and also looking forward to the future.
The congregational singing and special music will be accompanied by the 125 year-old harmonium Scottish reed pipe organ, which is operated by pedals requiring both hands and strong legs.
The public is most welcome and invited to share in this occasion. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.