Washington Street United Methodist Church, located just off of King Street on South Washington Street has been a familiar face in Old Town for over 160 years. Methodists have been worshiping at this site since 1850, minus a short period when the building was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War. During that time, the sanctuary of then Methodist Episcopal Church, South, served as a hospital.
Today, while the traditional sanctuary is mostly unchanged and home to worship on Sunday mornings, much of the rest of the building is brand new. The first floor, used as a stable during the Civil War and later a small chapel, is now open and bright with various rooms and work areas. There is a kitchen and café that welcome our community’s homeless every Monday morning for breakfast. Kids’ voices fill much of the building during the week as part of the church’s preschool. Newly designed and updated classrooms along with both indoor and outdoor play areas help make the most of the facility’s location.
The renovations were necessary to keep our building modern and functional explains, WSUMC Trustee Chairman and Renovation Project Manager, John Thompson. “Change takes a while in a church but once we made up our minds we needed the improvements, things moved smoothly.”
Thompson had strong praise for local businesses Maginnis + del Ninno Architects and The Russell Gage Corporation. According to Thompson, both companies worked closely with the congregation to make sure the process was as least disruptive as possible to the regular workings of the church and preschool and they stayed on budget. Their hard work and commitment to the effort are evident in the results.
Members of Washington Street UMC believe the renovations were worth the investment and only strengthen their ability to serve God and the community. There is a lot excitement within the congregation that is proud of its history and hopeful for the future.
Lifelong member of the church Sue Cook invites everyone to come check out the improvements. She says, “join us one Sunday or every Sunday. All are welcome!”
The new facilities are available to the Old Town community as an affordable location for events such as weddings, concerts, exhibits, receptions, classes, and meetings. Please contact the church office for availability and details.