The History of Labor Day

August 29, 2022

The History of Labor Day Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day became a national holiday on June 28, 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed a law that recognizes the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by individual states starting in the 1880s. Who first proposed the holiday is not entirely clear. Some records show that in 1882, Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, suggested setting aside a day for a “general holiday for the laboring classes” to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” However, recent research supports that it was Matthew Maguire who proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. Both Maguire and McGuire attended the country’s first Labor Day parade in New York City that same year. Still celebrated today with parades, picnics and parties, the festivities remain very similar to those outlined in the first proposal for the holiday. American labor raised the nation’s standard of living and brought us closer to the realization of our ideals. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to those who contribute so much to the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership – the American worker. We invite you to take a moment and remember all those who have contributed to our nation’s strength, prosperity and well-being as we go into celebrating this year’s 2022 Labor...

Exeter – Equipping Weekend

Take the City is a movement that is impacting cities all over America. Our mission is to unify and mobilize the churches in cities to take the gospel of Jesus Christ into their cities and see those cities forever changed. We want to invite you to this powerful one-day training event where you will be encouraged, equipped and activated to share God’s love with people everywhere you go!

This training will involve times of worship, prayer, training, activities, and outreaches out into the city. People of all ages and from various denominations are all welcomed to this training event. Our primary focus is to help equip every-day followers of Jesus Christ to grow in sharing the gospel and impacting the world around them.



  • 6:00 pm – Doors Open/ Registration
  • 6:30 pm – Worship and Training (Session 1 & 2)


  • 10am-12pm – Training (Session 3-4)
  • 12 pm – Lunch Break Outreach
  • 3 pm – Training (Session 5-6)
  • 5 pm – Commisioning