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Milford United Methodist

REJOICE! Milford United Methodist Celebrates Pentecost Service In New Church


As Milford United Methodist Opens

‘All The People’ – SRO – ‘Say Amen’

Sounds of song, inspiration and prayer filled the brand new sanctuary to standing-room-only at the rebuilt Milford Methodist Church during this morning’s service, “two years, two months and twenty-eight days” after the March 12, 2017, arson that destroyed the original building. Above, Pastor Sylvia Barrett on guitar, leads the  congregation in “And All The People Said Amen,” with help from Music Director Ron Johnson on organ and choir members Jerriann Garrillo, Mark Andrews, Anthony Welsh, Ralph Eggleston, Patsy Lyons, Sandy Andrews, Emily Mattison-Welsh, Maureen Johnson and Cindy Campbell. At left, state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, a member of the church and its Building Committee,  reads the closing prayer for the morning. Following the service, worshippers enjoyed a celebration fellowship.  (Ian Austin/

Safe And Sound

Safe & Sound

Bell Plucked From Milford Church Tower

Onlookers held their breaths as Eastman Associates’ Mike French uses his excavator to delicately lift the bell from the wobbling remains of the Milford United Methodist Church’s bell tower during today’s demolition. French removed two walls of the tower to expose the bell well enough to grab it. As it was lifted out over the rubble, it rang three times,  the chimes echoing across the valley. Those in attendance cheered and applauded as the bell was placed safely on the ground. (Ian Austin/



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