cember 19, 1845, the church, erected by William B. Stone, was dedicated to the service of God.
In the records of the society there is preserved a program of the dedicatory services of the Pickering Methodist Episcopal Church in Medford.
This name clung to the church for many years; in fact, until the third edifice was built, in 1872, there were many who still spoke of the Methodist Church as the Pickering Church.
Bishop Janes preached the dedication sermon, and prayer was offered by Rev. E. T. Taylor, the Father Taylor of the Seamen's Bethel in Boston.
Upon the program mentioned above also appear two hymns, one of six stanzas and one of four, which were written especially for the occasion, although the name of the author is unknown.
The church was built in accordance with the rules of church architecture existing at that time—the pews were square and had doors which buttoned the occupants in. The choir was at the rear of the audience and facing the pulpit, and the singers were le