|Certificate of Admission to|
Sunday School 1851
The Sunday school ticket to the left was issued to Irvin
|Irvin Fulford 1839-1872|
"Still in existence is a Deacon's License of 1840 to John Jones and a Sacrament Ticket given to 'Miss Mary' Thomas. Interesting, indeed, are the requirements made upon the early members.
|Ann Street Methodist Church |
by E.O. Nielsen
(front of the 1966 brochure)
"Tickets were given quarterly to such members of the Church as were recommended by a class leader with whom they had met at least 6 months on trial. Those without tickets were regarded as 'strangers.' At every other meeting the Society in every place let no strangers be admitted. At other times they may, but the same person not above twice.
"Let no person who is not a member of our Society be admitted to the communion without a sacrament ticket which ticket must be changed every quarter.
"As to marrying, whoever marries an 'unawaken' person, defined as one we could not in conscience admit into the Society, will be expelled from the Society.
"Give no tickets to any that wear high heads, enormous bonnets, ruffles or rings."
* John C. Manson (Sup't. who signed the above certificate of admission) was a naval captain during the War of 1812 and, after being honorably discharged in 1815, became a prominent merchant. Manson operated a store at what is now the corner of Front and Turner streets.