our history

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THE CONYERS FIRST STORY

Conyers First United Methodist Church was founded in 1852 and continues a rich tradition of service to our community.

1852
21 people organized the Conyers Methodist Episcopal Church, South at the site of our current Sanctuary on Main Street. The Reverend Caleb W. Key was our first pastor.
1868
The congregation outgrew the first Sanctuary, so they sold it and rolled it down Main Street to Pleasant Hill. A new white frame Sanctuary with a single tall steeple was erected.
1878
Woman's Foreign Missionary Society was organized in the church.
1884
Local vandals went “berserk” and burned the church. A new, more modern church was built two years later. Iron stoves and kerosene lamps were still the means of heating and lighting, but an organ replaced the tuning fork.
1900
The church burned again, this time by accident.
1902
Our current Sanctuary was constructed for $14,000.
1905
Electricity was brought into the new Sanctuary.
1918
A mass community prayer meeting was held in our church as World War I was in a most critical stage.
1925
Conyers First, in conjunction with the Presbyterians and Baptists, conducted a community Vacation Bible School with an enrollment of 26.
1934
The Conyers “Tent” was built at Salem Campground. It was later sold in the 40s.
1939
The long struggle of the Methodist Episcopal Church for unification with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South was completed and the whole became The Methodist Church.
1942
A drive was launched to raise $5,000 for a Church School building. By 1949, the building financial campaign was completed with $28,000 and construction began.
1950
The new Church School building was dedicated. Total church membership was 346. An Adult Choir and Methodist Men’s Club was organized.
1977
The Sanctuary was remodeled and office space was added.
1985
The current Fellowship Hall and two story adult education wing were built.
1991
Outreach ministry in Lakeview Estates began.
1998
Servant of the Lord Meals on Wheels Weekend Program was established.
2001
Conyers First votes to initiate a building program for additional children and youth space.
2001
Contemporary Worship service was established.
2002
Angel Food ministry was established.
2002
Conyers First celebrated 150 year anniversary and kicked off fund-raising campaign for building program.
2004
Sunday Evening Vespers service was started.
2005
Connect Group ministry with Lay Pastors was implemented with 30 groups for the purpose of nurturing and caring for the congregation.
2008
Conyers First opens the new two-story Children's & Youth Building, remodels the Narthex with elevator access and accessible restrooms and opens the new Administrative Office Wing with Conference Room.