Meridian Church Celebrates 150-Year Anniversary

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A Meridian church celebrated a milestone Sunday. First Presbyterian Church was founded before Meridian was in existence. In fact, church founders helped to plan the city. Sunday was the churches one-hundred fifty year anniversary.

Pastor Rhett Payne says the church is alive and well at its healthy age. He says the longevity of the church is a credit to its congregation.

"I think it says stability. I think the church that's been sound 150 years has had some leaders through those years and they've passed the torch along from generation to generation," said Payne.

The new building is only 94 years old. General Sherman burned the original building and all of the church's records during the Civil War, but the church is still rich in history. For many of its members the church is part of their family history.

"We've been members for 37 years, since we moved to Meridian and raised our four children here. They were all baptized here, our daughters were married here, so we've got family ties as well as church ties," said member Ann Maynor.

"We're looking forward to dreaming about another 150 years," said Maynor's husband Tom.

Members say they think the church has been a beacon of light in the community and they hope that impact never changes.