Manchester church to celebrate 100 years

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Church, 7545 E Madrone Ave., is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a “Centennial Potluck” from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.

People can bring a pie to share and enter it in the “best pie” contest.

After dinner enjoy a program about the earliest years of the church.

In 1907, the first Sunday School was organized in a log house on the top of Manchester Hill, according to the church’s website.

On Dec. 5, 1914, people from the surrounding area got together to form a church. A week later the new congregation laid out a constitution, but the name of the church was yet to be decided upon.

Some of the interim titles suggested were Community Church of West Puget Sound, Church of Kitsap County and First Community Church of Three Points.

Six years later, in 1920, the congregation made their final decision on a name — Manchester Community Church.

The first pastor preached in Waterman, Manchester and Long Lake until the white building was erected.

There was a trail leading to the church back then. Now it’s called Alaska Street.

The new church building was finished in 1979.

One of the most significant events was the sending out the church’s first missionary, Rosemary Hill, in 1952. She was saved at a youth rally in Manchester in 1944 and she spent 20 years in Malaysia.

Services are 9:30 a.m. Sunday for Sunday School and 10:30 a.m. for worship. Sunday evening worship is at 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s prayer and bible study is at 6:30 p.m.

Rev. David Eddy has served as pastor since1999.


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