A Little More About Christian Endeavor

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, February 4, 1914:  Was up to service and practice this evening.

I’m not sure where the Christian Endeavor services were held, but in 1912, a Christian Endeavor Convention was held at the Reformed Church (today called St. John’s United Church of Christ).

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

The Christian Endeavor Union was holding a week of services in McEwensville. On Sunday, February 1 Grandma wrote:

I went up to attend some kind of C.E. Union, any way that is my definition of it. Said services are to be held every night this week. Thurs. night is when we girls take part.

Grandma apparently was going to give a speech at the service the following night—and needed to practice it. She wrote about going to a practice on January 28, and about learning the speech on January 29. Maybe Grandma and “the girls” were also singing or doing a skit since several practices were required.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Christian Endeavor is an interdenominational Protestant youth organization that was founded in 1881. The encyclopedia says that:

The purpose of the International Society of Christian Endeavor is “to promote an earnest Christian life among its members, to increase their mutual acquaintance, to train them for work in the church, and in every way to make them useful in the service of God and their fellow men.”

9 thoughts on “A Little More About Christian Endeavor

    1. Interesting. . thanks for sharing the link. Christian Endeavor must have been much more popular years ago than what it is now. I’d never heard of it until I read the diary and started researching it.

  1. It’s interesting to me to read the word “useful” in the group’s purpose. My grandmother — born in 1903, her father a minister and her mother from a long line of ministers — used that word as the ultimate virtue. To be of use was IT. :) Thanks as usual for your wonderful blog.

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