‘Holy grounds' Point Washington UMC marks 125-year milestone


The church was built in 1894, and has been maintained by members since that time. It predates by a few years even the Wesley House at Eden Gardens State Park, which was built by William Wesley, son of PWUMC’s first pastor, John Wesley.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 04:42 PM.

125 years ago, Point Washington United Methodist church was a miracle waiting to happen

On July 20 and 21, the church will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a "day on the holy grounds" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1290 N. County Hwy. 395 in Santa Rosa Beach.

The Stephens Center will be set up as an exhibit hall, with a great variety of memorabilia. There will be games for children during the morning, and Deep South Bluegrass will be on site with music to set the festive mood. The United Methodist Men will provide a light lunch and at 1 p.m. singing and storytelling begins in the sanctuary.

On Sunday, July 21, Bishop Paul Leeland will be guest speaker during the 10 a.m. service in the Family Life Center. A potluck luncheon will follow on the grounds.

“ ‘Old home week’ should be fun, deeply meaningful and memorable for all of us," current pastor Spencer Turnipseed told The Sun. "So, spread the good tidings and let's have a great crowd and a great time! It will be a terrific way to signify the last 125 years and begin the next 125."

Building a church

The congregation began meeting in the schoolhouse in 1887, and in 1888 the group asked the presiding elder of the District to provide a minister for Point Washington.

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