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The oldest church building in New Bern is First Presbyterian Church on New Street. The church was designed and built by Uriah Sandy. The cornerstone was laid on June 9, 1819.
First Presbyterian Church of New Bern provided a home away from home for servicemen during World War Two. Sazie Marriner was the woman chosen as hostess to oversee the center.
In 1822, ushers at the New Bern’s First Presbyterian Church greeted the arriving worshipers and led them to a designated seat facing the congregation. Over the years the church was modernized and additional pews were installed. Today, worshipers are ushered to a seat of their choice.