United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Established in 1839

Church Anniversaries

 
 

The intention of the Commissions and the United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio (UMHSO) is to recognize the founding date of the church. However, we leave it up to the congregation to use the date they have been celebrating as their anniversary. We have found that some of the dates various churches use to celebrate anniversaries are:

1. first circuit rider in the community

first organized “class meeting”

3. year when the congregation first appears in conference/district records

4. dedication of the first church building

 The date considered to be “the” starting date can also be affected by congregational name changes and mergers. If the congregation has had name(s) changes or mergers, it should go back to the earliest name or the earliest start date of the individual merged congregations. The church may want to recognize and celebrate the intermediate name changes, building anniversaries or mergers; but, the age of the congregation should go back to the earliest date (such as examples 1-4, above).

It is the consensus of the UMHSO Executive Committee that the local church should continue to use the date they have been celebrating.

 
 
East Ohio Conference - 2016 Church Anniversaries
 
 
 
Braceville UMC (Newton Falls) -- Mahoning Valley District -- 200 years
 
 
Carrollton First UMC -- Ohio Valley District -- 200 years
 
 
Mt. Zion UMC (Rogers) -- Mahoning Valley District -- 200 years (in 2015)
 
 
Rootstown UMC -- Canal District -- 200 years (in 2015)
 
 
Thomas A. Edison Memorial UMC (Milan) -- Firelands District -- 200 years
 
 
Wadsworth UMC -- Canal District -- 200 years
 
 
Faith UMC (Cambridge) -- Southern Hills District -- 125 years [added 8/1/2016]
 
 
South Arlington UMC (Akron) -- Canal District -- 100 years
 
 

West Ohio Conference - 2016 Church Anniversaries

 

Hope UMC (Canal Winchester) -- Capitol Area South District -- 200 years

 

Laurel UMC (New Richmond) -- Ohio River Valley District -- 200 years

 

Hope UMC (Canal Winchester) -- Capitol Area South District -- 200 years

 

Wyandot Indian Mission (Upper Sandusky Heritage Landmark) -- 200 years

 

Enon UMC -- Miami Valley District -- 175 years

 

Wesley UMC (Toledo) -- Maumee Watershed District -- 125 years