229th Anniversary Service

The Directors and Trustees of The Old Union Church Society would like to invite you to attend the 229th Anniversary Service on Sunday, October 14th, 2017 at 2 pm. The guest speaker will be Rev. Joseph F DiPaolo, author of “Wide Views and a Loving Heart - The Life of Bishop Levi Scott” . After the service, there will be a book signing and everyone will have the opportunity to purchase a soft cover copy of the book for $25 as a fundraiser for Old Union Church. A GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/Old-Union-Church-repairs has also been created for everyone to donate to the ceiling repairs needed at the church($16,000 goal). Rev DiPaolo’s book was 3 years in the making and tells the amazing story of the life of Bishop Levi Scott including his beginnings in Odessa, his world travels, his circuit riding and his service to this community in Delaware. Among his accomplishments, Levi Scott was the first person from Delaware to become a Bishop in the Methodist church. It is fitting that Bishop Scott’s final resting place is a prominent one in the Old Union Cemetery.

Old Union Church is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The original log church, known as Dickinson’s Chapel was completed in 1792. In 1847 the present brick church was built, facing east towards “The King’s Highway”, the original stagecoach road from New Castle to Dover. “The Kings Highway” was later replaced by DuPont Highway which runs behind the church. The adjacent cemetery reveals the name of Delaware’s early settlers having been Dutch, Swedes, French Huguenots, Scotch-Irish and English with the oldest tombstone that of Sarah Fields, who died on March 27, 1799. Then known as Union Methodist Episcopal Church , Old Union continued to serve the families of Appoquinimink Hundred until the early 1900’s when regular services were discontinued. Old Union Church Society organizes 2 services each year, and the church is also available for weddings and private events. Old Union Church is located at the corner of Rt 13 (Dupont Highway) and Union Church Road , just south of Willey Farms and just north of Blackbird.

There will be a picnic after the service, weather permitting.

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