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Building History: 5th Avenue Methodist Church

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's a beautiful church with art and architecture reaching back to the 1800s. 5th Avenue Methodist Church welcomes you, and we welcome them in this week's Building History.

5th Avenue Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington has served the faithful for years, and so has their pastor, Dr. Joe Peterson. He says he's been a pastor for both Baptist and Presbyterian churches and knows his church inside and out with stories that start before you even walk in the door.

Peterson says, "Martin Luther, the reformist, when he would go to a new community he would paint the door red. And someone said why are you painting the door red? And he said, so somebody will notice it."

Peterson says the church has a very colorful history. It was established in 1847 by the Grace United Methodist Church. That church burned down but the sanctuary was built back and is still there now. 5th Avenue Methodist Church moved into the reestablished building in 1889 and they have been worshiping there ever since.

Peterson says the inside of the church has a very sacred theme. Instead of the typical stained glass, the church has a very artsy feel.

Although everything in the church is up to date, the old stories are compelling, "The chandelier when it was originally installed was gas, and with this big crank and wheel in the attic someone would go up there every Sunday and they would crank the chandelier down so they could light the gas bulbs," says Peterson.

The sanctuary is ornate with art and architecture, everything you want in a house of worship.

5th Avenue Methodist Church is always inviting new members to stop in and see if this church might become home for you too.

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