CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Central United Methodist Church was demolished in May, but pieces of the landmark church's history were uncovered Sunday.
Members of Canaan United Methodist Church opened a time capsule from Central after their Sunday service. The time capsule had been placed under Central's cornerstone in 1913.
"Last week I was saying to the congregation, it's sort of like receiving a telephone call from a hundred years ago," Carr Grubb, the Canaan United Methodist's lay leader, said. "How would you feel if you answered the phone and on the other end was a voice from a hundred years ago?"
Canaan United Methodist Church was formed in 2008 -- an intended consolidation of Central and other Charleston United Methodist churches.
"[The time capsule] is the last physical vestige we have of Central but the folks of Central are very much alive," Grubb said. "We're all here in Canaan United Methodist Church."
Noble Conner Jr., an 87-year-old member of Canaan, opened the time capsule. Conner's father, Noble Conner Sr., was one of the Central members that put together the time capsule 100 years ago.
Church officials and members have known what the members left in the time capsule 100 years ago.
Items include a Bible, a hymnal, lists of members of the choir and of Sunday school classes and newspaper clippings.