Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Seventh Day Baptists in Newport

High pulpit, Newport, RI, SDB Church
Seventh Day Baptists who visit the site of our earliest church in North America might like to take advantage of this offering by Newport History Tours:
Great Friends Meeting House & Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House
11:30 am Tuesday & Thursdays, June-October

Tour Newport’s earliest houses of worship: the 1699 Quaker meeting house, built for the Society of Friends, and the 1730 Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House.
The Newport Historical Society describes the church:
The oldest surviving Baptist church building in America, The Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House boasts a beautifully carved pulpit and interior paneling. The meeting house was constructed in 1730 by Richard Munday on Barney Street, and can now be seen as part of the Newport Historical Society’s building.

The first Baptist church in Newport was founded in 1644 by John Clarke. Several years later, a group of 7th Day Baptists (celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday) separated from Clarke’s church. In its early years this congregation met in a building at Green End, but as the congregation grew land on Barney Street was purchased for the purpose of building a new church. The building was erected in 1730 and was considered to be one of the finest colonial interiors in Rhode Island. ....
Newport History Tours, Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House