October 2, 2015
1932 NETHERLANDS (Sint Maarten) - Methodist Church in Philipsburg
Two years after Nathaniel Green, a planter from Antigua, discovered the treatise An Appeal to men of Reason and Religion by John Wesley, he traveled to England and converted to Methodism. He returned to the West Indies in 1759 and began to preach to his slaves in Antigua. In 1786, the Methodist church officially recognized its missionary mission in the Caribbean.
The first Methodist Church on the island of St. Maarten, then a part of the Netherland Antilles, was constructed in 1851 in Philipsburg. A two story wood shingled building has a steps and porch leading up the entrance. The windows have white shutters and the second floor windows are in the Gothic style. A small bell tower is centered near the front on the roof. The church is surrounded by a well maintained white picket fence.
About the stamps
The stamp, depicting Flamboyant, is part of a series of 10 definitives, about which I wrote here.
Philipsburg Methodist Church - Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - waymarking.com
Sent from Philipsburg (Sint Maarten / Netherlands), on 28.08.2015
Photo: Kim van Loo