MIDDLETOWN — One hundred chrysanthemums, in a host of autumn colors, will fill Sixth Street Christian Church in Middletown on Sunday. The mums will be placed throughout the church, dressing up the sanctuary, entryway and fellowship space to mark a very special day. It’s been 100 years since the brick church building’s construction in 1913.
Although a hundred years have passed since the bricks were laid, the history of Sixth Street Church actually goes back much further. The church itself was founded 181 years ago. Meetings started out in 1832, taking place in a home.
In 1850, members raised their first building on the site at 146 N. Sixth St. The frame building stood until it was moved east of Middletown, and the brick building was constructed in its place.
“It’s a congregation that’s held together for a long time,” said Jane Young, who is part of the committee organizing the centennial celebrations. The Rev. C. Maynard Powell currently serves as minister to the church.
“We are a very open congregation — people who enjoy each other and the fellowship we have together, but are very committed to serving,” observed Powell.
The current building has seen its share of changes over the last century. In 1963, an education wing was built, accommodating several classrooms. In 2004, a new entryway was constructed including an elevator making it easier for members to access the lower level.
The centennial event will be marked with a special celebration on Sunday with worship, song, food and fellowship. The service will include a reading of the dedication vows which were read at the dedication service 100 years ago. David Livingston, former minister of the Greenfield Christian Church, and current chairman of the commission Ministry of the Region of Indiana, will be guest speaker.
A song has been especially composed for the centennial service by Eric Wilson. Based on Psalm 150, the song will be performed by the Sixth Street Christian Church choir.