THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
OUR BELIEFS AND HISTORY
Who Are United Methodists | What United Methodists Believe | Shandon's Mission | Shandon's History
WHO ARE UNITED METHODISTS
United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. Our members speak many languages and live in many countries.
No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure — referred to as “the connection." This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We live out our call to mission and ministry by engaging in ministry with the poor, combating diseases of poverty by improving health globally, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, and developing principled Christian leaders. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together — through the power of our connection — we can make a tremendous difference.
– from the UMC website, Our Church
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WHAT UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE
As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ and to put our faith and love into action.
John Wesley, founder of The United Methodist Church, and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
– from the UMC website, Our Faith
For more information, visit The United Methodist Church website, “Our Faith”
Shandon United Methodist Church gathers to worship God, nurture Christian faith, and go out into the world in mission.
Shandon is far more than a beautiful structure of brick and stone and steel. It is built upon a great heritage — it rests upon a foundation made of stout hearts, of faithful and courageous men and women and its elements are bound together by love and faith.
-The Advocate 1959
In early 1909, a group of Methodists began to organize what is now Shandon United Methodist Church. Their first worship service was held in a schoolhouse at the corner of Lee and Queen Streets. By August of 1910, the new church had moved into its own building at the corner of Maple and Preston Streets. In 1914, a fire virtually destroyed this building and, even though the church was completely rebuilt, it was soon outgrown.
In 1928, Shandon merged with the Waverly Church, and in March of 1931, the church acquired the old Heathwood School building. The church thrived at this location, and was soon holding two Sunday morning worship services to accommodate attendance. As the membership grew, in 1945, the church purchased property at the corner of Adger and Devine Streets and constructed the Shandon Church that we know today. On September 4, 1949, the Sunday school classes marched from the Heathwood School facility to the new building. The first worship service was held in the new sanctuary on January 15, 1950.
Since 1909, Shandon, with faith, hope and love, has committed itself to promoting the growth of the Christian community in Columbia, in South Carolina, and throughout the world. It has grown from a small congregation on the eastern boundary of Columbia’s downtown business district to one of the largest United Methodist Churches in South Carolina. The history that Shandon is now making is a natural progression of what Shandon has always been. The spirit, commitment and faith that have brought us this far continues today! And the prospect for the future is bright and filled with the knowledge that the Spirit of the Lord will be with us always.