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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR OF FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR OF FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Established locally in 1906, the organization's first anniversary was celebrated by the young members of First Congregational Church (later FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST) in 1905. (1)
The first Christian Endeavor Society was formed on February 2, 1881 in Portland, Maine, under the direction of Francis E. Clark. Rev. Clark founded the first national church youth organization, Christian Endeavor, the forerunner of the modern denominational "youth fellowship". The society was formed in order to bring youth to accept Christ and work for Him. The youth were shown that the church cared for young people. The Society enabled youth to express themselves while participating in useful tasks. It stressed a devoted, evangelistic spirit expressed in the Christian Endeavor pledge. (2)
1. "First Observation in City," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, February 4, 1907, p. 5
2. "Young People's Society of Christian Endeavour," Wikipedia. Online: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_People%27s_Society_of_Christian_Endeavour