United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio
Monday, April 06, 2020
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.

 

Recent Church Anniversary Certificates Presented

 

                   Ridgewood United Methodist Church                                  150th Anniversary celebrated on 22 September 2019

                   Keene United Methodist Church                                           200th Anniversary celebrated on 16 December 2018

                   Salem United Methodist Church of Wyandot County          150th Anniversary celebrated on 30 September 2018

                   The United Church of Berea                                                 175th Anniversary celebrated on 30 September 2018

                  Shiloh United Methodist Church                                           175th Anniversary celebrated on 26 September 2018

                  Ontario United Methodist Church                                         100th Anniversary celebrated on 30 October 2017

                  Adamsville United Methodist Church                                   175th Anniversary celebrated on 17 September 2017