OUR HISTORY

In 1793, a Methodist Society was formed in Portsmouth under the direction of Rev. Lemuel Smith, an early circuit rider.  They met at the home of Matthew Cooke which was located under the present day Mount Hope Bridge.  This first house of worship was dedicated by two famous early church leaders, Bishop Francis Asbury and Rev. Jesse Lee.

Though the small congregation was composed primarily of farmers and fishermen, struggle and hardship did not prevent the society from growing.  In 1795, the members purchased a home on Turnpike Avenue.  They used this house of worship for over 40 years until they began to outgrow it.

In 1838, the congregation purchased a lot in the middle of the developing town for the sum of $102.50.  The new church was constructed for a cost of $2020.00 and was dedicated on December 25th the same year.

The Ladies Benevolent Society was formed in the 1870’s, and they immediately paid off all debt.  Because of their continuing efforts, the Parish House was built in 1921.  The third and final phase of construction connected the 1838 sanctuary to the Parish House in 1969.

Today we are part of a dynamic congregation with members from every age group and all walks of life.  Because of the commitment of our members, we were able to pave and expand the parking lot in 2005 and renovated the Youth Group room in 2007.  Through our worship, our fellowship, our prayers and our service we strive to expand God’s earthly kingdom.

Find Us

2732 East Main Road

Portsmouth, RI 02871

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 265                                Portsmouth, RI 02871

Phone Number

401-683-4005

Church Secretary’s office hours:  OFFICE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.  if you need to contact us you may leave a message on our voicemail and we will return your call as soon as we are able.

 

ONLINE GIVING

Worship Times

ALL IN PERSON SERVICES AND SUNDAY SCHOOL ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS – Worship Services and Sunday School are now  being held using ZOOM.  Look for Meeting ID’s by email or call the office for details.

Saturdays at 5:00 pm

Sundays at 10:00 am

Sunday School: 9:00 am

Upcoming Events

PUMC Farm Stand  –  The farm stands are closed for the season.

Sunday School– We are now offering ZOOM Sunday School at 9:00am.  Please contact the church office M-F for ZOOM information. We are also posting online Children’s Messages.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDIES – due to the Coronavirus Bible Studies are being held using ZOOM or outdoors.    Look for Meeting ID’s by email or phone call or contact the church office if you would like to join.