St. Thomas M.E. Church serves Bishops Head

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St. Thomas Methodist Episcopal Church in Bishops Head was built at the turn of the 20th Century.

BISHOPS HEAD — The St. Thomas Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the most prominent historic structures to remain standing in the community of Bishops Head in southwestern Dorchester County, information from the Maryland Historical Trust says. Built in
1900-01, the large gable-front frame structure bas a three-story comer entrance and bell tower as well as a secondary entrance in an opposite comer.

The church shares similar design features to the nearby Wesley M.E. Church, however, many of the decorative elements on St. Thomas have been stripped or covered by later materials.

The St. Thomas M. E. congregation was established during the second quarter of the nineteenth century, and in 1839 the early membership acquired a half-acre lot for the purpose of building a “preaching house” or chapel, as dictated in the land record conveying the property from Gilbert Wingate to the trustees, Barzillai Murphey, Ezekial Johnson, Pritchett Murphy, Jacob Jones,

Henry Fallin, Newton Willey, and George Hart.
The first chapel evidently served the Bishops Head community until the end of the century when the much larger Gothic Revival inspired church was erected in 1900-01. Aiding with the financial underwriting of the construction project was Eugene Crocheron, the dry goods merchant from Tedious Creek.

A mortgage was executed in 1902 between Crocheron and the trustees for $950, “for paying off and discharging the debts incurred for the erection and furnishing of the present church.”

In other church news:

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 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 be preaching on Oct. 4 on Philippians 3:4-14, “My Desires.” Worship is 10:45 a.m. The Worship Team will be singing, and there will also be special music. World Communion Sunday.
Sunday school 10 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service 7 p.m. We are abiding by the CDC guidelines. Everyone is welcome. Find the service online – FaceBook;

Christ Episcopal
Oct. 4, 9 a.m., Holy Eucharist Church Service. Rev. Canon Bernie Schroeder and Deacon Candidate Barbara Coleman presiding. Mask required, CDC guidelines followed. Bishop Marray will be here for his annual visit.
Nut orders are being taken till Oct. 5. Pecans, walnuts, cinnamon pecans, cashews. Pick up is Nov. 5 in Barber Hall.
Lobster orders are still being taken. Deadline is October 2. Pick up is Oct. 10 in Whatley Hall from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. You may order live or cooked. Call the Church office to place orders: 410-228-3161 or email:
Soup Day is Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Quart carry out only. Enter kitchen door for pick up. Call advance orders to Church Office: 410-228-3161. Kitchen entry pick up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Zion United Methodist Church
Zion UMC at 612 Locust St., Cambridge will have indoor Sunday worship services in Garrettson Hall. Services will be held at 11 a.m. You must use the Glasgow Street entrances. Masks are mandatory at all times, and all other safety precautions will be followed. Everyone is welcome.

Immanuel UCC
Immanuel United Church of Christ, 5401 White Hall Road, Cambridge, is offering 10 a.m. worship services in-person or via Zoom. No Sunday school or child care will be available. Face masks are required and social distancing must be observed. Temperature will be checked upon entering the building. More information is available at

Grace UMC
Sunday, Oct. 4 – 10 a.m. — Baraca Class (live on WCEM – 1240 AM) Speaker, Pastor Chris
11 a.m. — Worship Service in house and Facebook Live. Speaker, Pastor Chris, Scripture – Romans 5:1-5, James 5:7-12, Reader: Gene Skinner, Message: “Patiently Waiting” The Lord is coming, so hang in there!
Oct. 7 and 8 (choose one)
10 a.m. (Wed.) and 6 p.m. (Thurs.) – ZOOM call to discuss the devotional readings for the week.
Masks must be worn for all classes and services.
Baraca Class: 10 a.m. – Baraca has been meeting now for over 100 years. We share Jesus by pro-claiming the Word of God! We invite you to join us this Sunday at Grace U.M. Church at 10 a.m. If you are unable to be present for the class, you can listen over WCEM -1240 AM.
Adult Sunday Sunday School Classes: 10 a.m. Grace UMC: 11 a.m. – Come join us in worship. Grace U.M. Church is a friendly, warm and welcoming church family. Come join us in lifting the name of Jesus in Cambridge.

Souls Harbor Church of God
Sunday morning worship service at Souls Harbor Church of God will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Worship Team will lead a time of singing, followed by a time of prayer and supplication.
The congregation will then hear from the Word of God, a sermon by Pastor Roy D. Collins, or Youth Pastor Tyler Collins. Sunday School and children’s services are on hold temporarily.
The church is located at 718 Peachblossom Ave. in Cambridge. Their phone is 410-253-4148. The congregation invites all to join them. The church is abiding by CDC guidelines.

Hurlock UMC
You are cordially invited to spend Sunday, Oct. 11, worshipping at Hurlock United Methodist Church at 502 S. Main St., for the 2020 Drive-in Homecoming Worship Services. The morning service starts at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Joan Brooks bringing forth the word. Carry-out dinners will be served from 1:30-3 p.m., in the parking lot. For the afternoon worship, Bishop Robert M. Pritchett Jr., of Faith Unity Fellowship Interdenominational Ministries, Inc. and his congregation will be our guests. Our theme for this year is, “Give God the Glory.” Spread the word and join us.