The Oldest Church Structure In Great Falls Celebrates 130th Birthday

The 130th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone on May 23, 1890, was celebrated by Smith Chapel Methodist Church congregation with celebratory wishes to the community. Pastor Ho Kang arranged the giant birthday card in front of the church to mark the occasion. Because of Covid-19, church members are worshiping remotely via zoom technology every week.

Smith Chapel, at 11321 Beach Mill Road, is the oldest church structure in Great Falls

According to the Great Falls Connection, “A major community celebration has been postponed until the fall. The one-room church was built by local farmers in northwest Great Falls at a time when all travel was on foot or on horseback and other churches were far away. When it opened, Smith Chapel – named for the Jesse and Lucian Smith family, who carried full responsibility for the construction – was not only a place for Sunday worship but also a place for social and community events. And so it remains to this day. and welcomes one and all. For information on church history, programs, and worship times, visit”

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