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

Sender: Denise
Sent from Philipsburg (Sint Maarten / Netherlands), on 28.08.2015
Photo: Kim van Loo

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the post. For more on John Wesley and 18th-century Methodism in England, I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement's effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is www.francisasburytriptych.com. Please enjoy the numerous articles on the website. Again, thank you, for the post.