We at Linden UMC extend the hand of friendship and a heartfelt welcome to all. Dress as you choose for comfort. More important than what is on us is what is in us. We acknowledge we are all a work in progress as together we celebrate, help each other grow in our understanding of Christ, and share the love He has for all of us.
"We all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God." Eph. 4:11-13.
Linden United Methodist Church, Linden, VA, was established in 1849 on the border of Warren County and Fauquier County. In it's long
history, the Linden church has experienced both hardships and triumphs. We give God
the glory for sustaining and blessing our church family through the years. We remain
grateful for the dedicated Christians of the Linden community who came before us.
During a crucial time in our nation's history, the issue over slavery and states rights
caused division between states, communities and also within the Church. In spite of
the tumultuous time, the Linden church began.
The housing for ministers who served the Linden church was acquired in 1895. The
church purchased a house owned by W.A. and Patti Hoffman for $200. The parsonage,
which still serves the church today, has received many updates and repairs. One of the
earliest updates was the addition of electricity and indoor plumbing.
In November 1954, tragedy struck the Linden church. A fire thought to be the caused
by a faulty pipe in the wood burning stove, destroyed the beautiful 62 year old wooden
structure. Its towering steeple and bell had long been an iconic landmark in the
The Front Royal Fire Department courageously fought the blaze for four hours before
it was squelched. Several heroic men in the Linden community, including Rev. B. L.
Lock, entered the burning building to salvage the church's antique pulpit, pews and Bible. All were relics from a church building that had previously served the
The fire revealed several graves beneath the church's stone foundation making it very
difficult to rebuild at the same site. Therefore, the congregation decided to relocate
the Linden church next to the parsonage, on the opposite side of Highway 55. In
December 1955, the ground breaking ceremony for the new Linden church at its
current location took place. When completed, the new church was furnished with the
pulpit and pews that had been rescued from the flames. A series of stained glass windows, some unique in design, grace the lovely brick building. In celebration of Christ’s
Resurrection, the Linden church holds their annual Easter Sunrise Service at the
original church location, alternating the observance location with the Markham church.
Linden United Methodist remains a loving supportive church family, actively serving Christ in traditional worship, mission, ministry, outreach, and witness in our community. Our future is strong as we continue to make disciples for
Jesus Christ, growing in membership and spirituality. Our vision and desire as a
church is to be God's light in the world.
With open hearts, open minds and open doors, our church invites you to join us in
worship of God, who is forever worthy of our praise.