New Congregation To Reopen Historic Otts Chapel This Sunday

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Newark – Starting on Sunday March 4, 2018, a group of Bible-believing, Christ-loving worshipers will once again fill the pews at the historic Otts Chapel, AKA Ott’s Chapel Sunday School. A North East, Maryland congregation will pump new life in to the chapel that has long stood empty.

Founded in 2011, the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship has expanded to Elkton and now into Newark. On Sunday the chapel, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will reopens its door and welcome Newark’s faithful.

The church specializes in serving members recovering from drug and alcohol addition but anyone is welcome to attend, according to their website.

The church is located at 1645 Otts Chapel Road, roughly halfway between Newark, Delaware and Elkton, Maryland. For more information visit or call 443-466-8681.

The building was constructed in 1871 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

The chapel was built by Stephen Ott, a local farmer who hosted nondenominational prayer meetings at his house. After the meetings grew too large, Ott built the chapel with the help of his neighbors. Ott conducted prayer meetings and Sunday school at the chapel until his death in 1875, after which his wife Jane took over until 1881.

The chapel was later run by George A. Blake from 1889 to 1910, and has continued to host nondenominational prayer meetings and Sunday school since, (Source: wikipedia)

Read more about Otts Chapel at


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National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places

Image Credits: National Register of Historic Places

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