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1st United Methodist Church

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60 W. Main St.,
Norwalk, OH 44857

(419) 668-1938

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The town of Norwalk was part of the land given as compensation to persons who suffered losses during British raids on Connecticut towns during the American Revolution. Some of the towns burned were Norwalk, New Haven, Danbury, Ridgefield, Fairfield, New London, Lyme, Groton and Greenwich, all common place names in “New Connecticut”, the Firelands.

Methodism in the Firelands area goes back to 1811 and the Rev. William Gurley. Rev. Gurley was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1757 and became a Methodist at a time when Methodists were considered dissenters and were looked down upon. At the age of thiry Gurley was priveliged to meet John Wesley, who licensed him to preach. When Civil War broke out in Ireland in 1798, Gurley moved to Connecticut and later settled in northern Ohio. It was there Rev. Gurley conducted the first Methodist services in a log schoolhouse.


Business Hours

Monday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM