New Hope United Methodist Church (Lawrenceville, Ga.) Records, 1852-2019

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

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Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: New Hope United Methodist Church (Lawrenceville, Ga.).
Title: New Hope United Methodist Church (Lawrenceville, Ga.) Records, 1852-2019
Call Number:Record Group No. 107
Extent: 8.66 cubic feet (23 boxes)
Abstract:This collection consists of the church records for New Hope United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga, containing correspondence, historical records, financial records, bulletins, newsletters, and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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[after identification of item(s)], New Hope United Methodist Church (Lawrenceville, Ga.)Records, RG 107, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Shoshana Edelberg, August 2021.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

New Hope United Methodist Church in the Lawrenceville, Georgia area can be dated back to at least 1829, though early records are scarce. According to Church histories, the first Pastor on record is Henry Quillian, who was appointed in 1877. The original location was on a hill, near the bridge spanning the Alcovy River. It is unclear exactly when the church moved to its next and final location east of Lawrenceville, but construction began on a new building there in the late 1870s. That building was upgraded and renovated several times over the years, including its conversion to electricity in 1939. The church has belonged to several different Circuits, and did not hold regular Sunday services until 1960. It became part of the Atlanta-Chamblee district in 1977. New Hope was known for its popular “country buffet” fundraisers in the 1990s.

Scope and Content Note

This collection paints a picture of the life of New Hope United Methodist Church in the Lawrenceville, Georgia, area over nearly 200 years. It includes membership records, church bulletins, financial records, Charge Conference records, property deeds and more. The church experienced financial hardship, membership loss and difficult decisions regarding a potential merger, and these challenges are well-documented in the collection. Other highlights included extensive documentation of the development and maintenance of a pre-school, and the correspondence of several Pastors.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 8 series: (1) Administration, (2) Bulletins, (3) Correspondence, (4) Financial, (5) History, (6) Membership, (7) Preschool, (8) Property.

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