Charity United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

History

HISTORY OF CHARITY BUILDINGS

Charity UMC had its beginning around the year 1789. Charity was first known as the Dawley Meetinghouse, probably because the first congregations met at the home of the founder, William Dawley, a local preacher.  At some time between 1792 and 1796, Amy White donated a 3/4 acres corner site from her farm for the erection of a Methodist Meetinghouse, and a new church, then named Charity Chapel was built. This is the present site of the church.

  
 
 

In 1946 the ODD FELLOWS HALL located across Charity Neck Road from the church building was sold to Charity Church for $875. The Hall was used as a social hall and used for Church activities.

 
 
 

The second building Charity Church was completed by fall of 1870 and, at that time, church roll was listed at 150 members. By the close of century (1901) the building was torn down.

                         
  
 
 The third church building was dedicated May 16, 1901.  The structure was erected for about 4 thousand dollars. On the afternoon of Sunday, February 23, 1941 the entire building was destroyed by fire.
                                             
 
              
 

The fourth church building was completed June 7, 1942, and the formal opening was held. By February 1,1943, the entire cost of the building was raised, and the building was dedicated.

 
                                                   
 

The fourth church building is still used and the following changes have been made:

1. The Fellowship Hall was extended in 1958

2. The Narthex was enlarged in 1987.

3. An atrium was added to the north side of the building in 2005

4. An elevator to the 2nd floor has been installed.

5. Three offices and two classrooms added to the 2nd floor.

6. The sanctuary Altar has been revised.