Pioneer Village Community Church

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It is said that two restless spirits call this church home.

 

DESCRIPTION

I would describe it as being simple yet beautiful place to worship or have a wedding.

The structure is an A-Frame, white clapboard, with 4 windows on each side done in the style of the frontier church found in Phoenix. The front of the church has a window on each of the double front door. There is a half window right above the door. The small round stain glass is also above the doors. On top of the roof is a bell in a small A-Frame open steeple.

Inside, the sloping top part and main walls are a lovely soft yellow color with 6 long chain chandeliers hanging from the ceiling; three on each side of the church.

There is a central aisle that runs down the middle, with pews on each side. There is a communion rail in front, with the simple pulpit and altar with the big window behind. In the left corner is the old organ, while in the right corner is the piano.

 

HISTORY

Community Church – This church is a precise reconstruction of the 1880 St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church which was built in Globe, Arizona, to be a church home for Methodists who lived nearby. By 1927, the congregation had out-grown this building, so they had a farewell service on Sunday, September 11, 1927. They gave their pews to a Baptist Church in Globe.

Afterward, it was torn down and the property was sold to Mountain States Telephone Company. The church congregation took the money from the sale and built a new, bigger church.to make room for a larger, better church building to call home.

However, the congregation saved the original church bell that the neighbors had given the nick name, “God’s Alarm Clock. The congregation saved the original church bell that had the nick name, “God’s Alarm Clock.” they hung it in their new church. Then called the Pioneer Living History Museum, this 90 acre historic park was first started in 1969. Some buildings from Globe, a suburb of Phoenix were moved or reconstructed to be exhibits.

The Tell family of Globe decided to give a generous donation from their Tell Foundation to reconstruct an exact copy of the 1880 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the site of the Pioneer Living History Museum. The careful, detailed oriented, authentic reconstruction was based on the 1500 hours of research done. Church records, original photos, newspaper clippings, and personal interviews.

When the many outside exhibits of a variety of buildings that existed from 1880- early 20th Century, they decided to rename their museum; Pioneer Living History Village to better describe their unique historical collection of buildings Along with a new structure, this church also had a new name: Community Church. They found a way to put this exhibit to work. Community Church is available for weddings throughout the year.

 

HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS

Spirits can attach to many kinds of objects in the time period of their lives; items that were originally found in their house, their place of business, their memorable places that mean a lot to them. When their favorite item is moved, they move with their precious attachments.

Though the building materials and probably the windows are reconstructed, there are plenty of items in this church that may be original from the church building that originally stood, or a church that stood during the same time frame. The Organ, piano, pulpit, altar, pews, etc., may be the item that connects with either the male spirit or female spirit. There are two original pews that were donated to Pioneer Arizona by the First Baptist Church of Globe. All the other pews now seen here, were copies of these 2 original ones.

2 spirits; a male and a female may be attached to some things here.

Spirits who are restless because of misdeeds or unhappy consequences, or sudden death, they may feel remorseful or upset, sometimes take comfort in a church; a place where they felt safe and loved while alive.

The two spirits could’ve moved in after the church was finished; coming from the land or perhaps another building in the Pioneer Living History Village.

 

MANIFESTATIONS

From the EVP’s caught by Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Investigators: The spirits could be two children; a brother and a sister, who could’ve lost their lives.

From the EVPS, she could be older and gives directions, and her younger brother will follow them to a point. Knows how to assert himself with the investigator Rod. No one knows who these spirits are, though one spirit named the other one, “Jamie.” They seem to be close with each other. There is a strong aura in the right front corner of the church.

Spirit of Female

One spirit is very friendly when ghost investigators talk to this one, Jamie.

She knew the name of the investigator, Rod.

“Hi Rod!”, “I love you Rod!” Something a younger person might say.

The investigators asked the spirits to answer questions using a flashlight.

Spirit of Male

Rod asked the spirits to put hand on the two different devices. A spirit put his hand on one of the devices, making the lights flicker and beep.

The spirit told Rod, “Jamie told me to turn it on.”

When asked to touch a second device; a Cell Sensor. The spirit replied in an EVP.

“I DON’T WANT TO.” “NO! I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT!” “I DON’T WANT THAT!”

STILL HAUNTED?

YES INDEED! Hard evidence and personal experiences point to at least two spirit people enjoying being in the Community Church.

The staff member I interviewed said that other people have had personal experiences in the church.

Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Society has gotten hard evidence in all their investigations here.

 

LOCATION

Pioneer Living History Village: Church

The 1880 Community church can be found in Pioneer Living History Village, on the upper west side of this 90 acre historical collection of buildings and homes.

This church is a precise copy of the St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church which stood in Globe, Arizona, from 1880 through 1927. After a farewell service of Holy Closure, held on Sunday, September 11, 1927, the Globe St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church was torn down and lot was sold to Mountain States Telephone Company . The congregation saved the original church bell that had the nick name, “God’s Alarm Clock.” The old pews were sold, and the neighboring Baptist Church bought a few.

St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church rebuilt a new, probably bigger, modern church building in Globe, and reinstalled their old “God’s Alarm Clock.”

Thanks to a generous donation from the Tell Family and Tell Foundation, this historic 1880 St. Paul Methodist Church may have been destroyed, but now it sits once again, identical to what it once was. This historic church’s painstaking and authentic reconstruction was based upon church records, original photos, newspaper clippings, personal interviews, and over 1500 hours of research. Now referred to as our Community Church, it is available for weddings throughout the year.

SOURCES INCLUDE

  • Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Society (PAPS) Ghost Town Tour 1/26/19 – www.youtube.com
  • pioneeraz.org/community-church-reconstructed/

 
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