Every week, I share an excerpt from my Great Aunt’s book, As the Story is Told: A History of Morpeth and Community, which was printed in 1986. Note, this is a historical text and I don’t necessarily agree with all of the authour’s views or turns of phrase.
The social life of most pioneer communities was centred around either the church or the school. In those days, it was difficult to find ministers and often the service had to be held in a private home, if one was available. Those early pioneers welcomed with eagerness the itinerant messengers of the gospel and later underwent great sacrifices to build and support their own church.
By the 1830s, the Talbot Settlement was nicely divided into circuits and itinerant preachers arrived at regularly spaced intervals in most communities. Sunday School was a very important part of the worship and youngsters were given the task of memorizing large portions of the Old and New Testament.
In Morpeth, the first recorded church structure was the building of the Methodist meeting house in 1824. Many of the people of the Anglican faith worshipped for about twenty years in Morpeth Town Hall.
The following is the history of the three churches that for many years have served the needs of Morpeth and community: Morpeth United; St. John’s Anglican; and Trinity Howard.