Our Heritage

A Rich Heritage

            St. Simons United Methodist Church was the first United Methodist Church erected on St. Simons Island after John and Charles Wesley, the founders of Methodism, preached here well over two centuries ago. Founded in 1938, the church has grown to become a strong witness for Christ on the island, in Glynn County and throughout our nation and world.

            Prior to 1938, there were only two established churches on St. Simons Island – Christ Church Episcopal and St. William Catholic Church.  In 1934, the Community Church League had constructed a building dedicated for the use of all other denominations to worship together.  However, as the residential and visitor population grew, there became a need to erect more churches.  In 1938, people from each of three denominations represented on the Island – the Baptists, the Methodists and the Presbyterians – met to organize their own churches, and on November 19, 1938, St. Simons United Methodist Church was founded. On December 14, 1941, the St. Simons United Methodist Church sanctuary was dedicated.
            As the church membership grew, additional facilities were needed for Sunday school classrooms, a parsonage, and fellowship areas.  Adjacent land was acquired and members assisted with construction and payment for the new facilities. By the late 70’s, plans began to take shape for a new sanctuary. This building was completed in 1981, with the first service being held on April 12. The earlier sanctuary became known as “the Chapel”.  To date, 5 buildings make up St Simons United Methodist Church.
           Over time, our church services and activities have evolved as well. In the late 1990’s, a group of young adults gathered together for study and praise. This became the foundation for the Contemporary Worship service.  Now, members and visitors have the opportunity to attend traditional or contemporary worship.

           St Simons United Methodist Church also offers Sunday school, Bible studies, fellowship activities, men's and women's groups, thriving youth and children's programs, as well as a quality music ministry.  In addition, the newly enlarged St. Simons UMC Preschool offers full-time Christian childcare.

           We have come a long way since 1938, and will continue to celebrate the growth of St. Simons United Methodist Church.  Current membership is over 1,000, with new members joining every week. Please call the office at 912-638-3317 if you would like to join.