On Sunday November 17 the First United Methodist Church in Camden will be celebrating 175 years of service in the Camden community. They are inviting the community to join them on this special and exciting day.
The first society of Methodists in the town of Camden was organized in 1838. It was part of a large circuit until about 1898-1899, when it became a double station with Cowell’s Chapel. In 1900 Camden was made a station church and received its first full-time pastor J.M. Pickens,
Throughout the years the church has gone through growing pains. At one time services were held at the courthouse while a church building was being erected. The first meeting house was located on a lot at the corner of Poplar and Rowland Streets. A second building was built on Church Avenue, but was demolished by a storm before it was completed. That location was rebuilt, but is now used as a residence.
In 1926 a northeast corner lot just off the court square was purchased and a new building was completed in August 1929. This building was used for worship services through Easter, March 30 1975. Groundbreaking for the present sanctuary was held on August 10, 1975. During the months of construction, the congregation worshiped in the fellowship hall of the education building, a two story building that had been added to the previous church between 1960 and 1962.
In 2002 the community life center opened, offering the community a 15,000 square foot facility that features a full size gymnasium, a large new kitchen, and room for more classrooms. Located in the new life center is the thrift shop that serves all of Camden. They are usually open on Saturdays and offer specials throughout the month.
Dean Emerson now serves as pastor and the two oldest members are Troy Cain and Wayne L. Hall. Church members would enjoy hearing greetings or funny stories from members who have attended the church. Everyone is invited to come and join in the 175th celebration of First United Methodist Church Sunday November 17 at 10am. Roger Hopson, a former pastor will be the guest speaker. There will be other former pastors returning for the celebration. There will be a catered meal following the service.