A Brief History of Woodbury United Methodist Church
United Methodism has had a rich and full ministry in Woodbury. The first local Methodist service was conducted in the open air in the late 18th century.
The congregation moved its services to the long kitchen of Elijah Sherman's Home in 1824, and then built a Meeting House on the site of the present building. In 1839, a new church structure was built in its place.
Thirty-seven years later it was turned 90 degrees to face South, and 21 feet in length were added.
Though the changes in physical structure have been plentiful, the character of Woodbury Methodist Church remains constant - a faithful and faith-filled loving community of Christians.“If you want something done, get the Methodists to do it.
”United Methodists often joke about the many organizational layers of church life, but, as members of other denominations have been heard to say: “If you want something done, get the Methodists to do it.” Followers of the Wesleys are indeed “methodical” about the ways they approach mission and ministry.
One reason United Methodists are able to accomplish great things is the church’s emphasis on “connectionalism.” It is common to hear United Methodist leaders speak of the denomination as “the connection.” Calendar
This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning the United Methodist Church, which began as a movement and a loose network of local societies with a mission, has grown into one of the most carefully organized and largest denominations in the world. The United Methodist structure and organization began as a means of accomplishing the mission of spreading Scriptural Holiness over the land.
John Wesley recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” which was an interlocking system of classes, societies, and annual conferences.
No local church is the total body of Christ. Therefore, local United Methodist churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance that accomplish reaching out into the world. United Methodist churches and organizations join in mission with each other and with other denominations.