When we were planning our anniversary trip Betsy wanted us to go to St. Simons Island, since she had been there previously and wanted to show me around. In addition to St. Simons Lighthouse, she especially wanted me to see Epworth By The Sea, the Methodist Conference Center on the island. The purpose of Epworth is to provide a Christian place for worship, study and fellowship.
The ties between Methodism and St. Simons are strong. John and Charles Wesley, founders of the Methodist Church, visited St. Simons Island and Fort Frederica in March of 1736.
One of the features of Epworth By The Sea is Lovely Lane Chapel. The chapel is a church built in 1880 as St. James Union Church and is now the oldest church building on St. Simons. When the Methodist Church purchased the property containing the church in 1949, the church was renamed Lovely Lane Chapel after the site of the 1784 founding conference of American Methodism in Baltimore, Maryland.
Epworth By The Sea is a beautiful place and I understand why Betsy wanted to share it with me. To see more of our visit to Epworth By The Sea click HERE.