Sutton Massachusetts

First Congregational Church

Information on Wine Ban

Like many churches in New England, the First Congregational Church got caught up in the anti-liquor movement. These notes are from the History of the Town of Sutton.

In 1834 there was a revision of the articles of faith and covenant of the church, which were published, with the names of all who had been members of the church since its organization. In the same year the church, with great unanimity, adopted the principles of total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors as a beverage, as a qualification for membership, but, owning to several circumstances, the resolutions were not placed on record. The matter, however, for many years, was made a subject of examination in the admission of members to the church, and the pledge or promise of total abstinence from intoxicating liquors required. The church continued to enjoy an unusual degress of prosperity during the remainder of Rev. Mr. Malthy's ministry.

In August 1842 the church, upon the recommendation of a committee, voted unanimously to dispense with the use of alcoholic wine in the administration of the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. This vote has been adhered to from that time to this.

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