Markham United Methodist Church

We at Markham UMC joyfully express our faith in God and seek to share His love in our fellowship and with our neighbors.  Let us show you the blessings of God's love in action.

"Jesus said, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'  This is the first and great commandment.  The second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"  Matthew 22:37 - 39
 
Markham United Methodist Church, Markham, VA, was started at a time of healing and reconstruction following the Civil War. It is difficult to imagine starting a church at such a challenging time, but a devout group of Christians in the Markham village, fueled by a spirit of restoration, did just that.

The original church building was located along Goose Creek in northwest Fauquier County. After serving the congregation for many years, the Markham church was destroyed by fire in 1981. At that time, the church lacked the funds to rebuild on the existing property. Believing that God would provide, a faithful church family sought other venues for a meeting house.

A short distance from the original church site sat Goose Creek Primitive Baptist Church. The Goose Creek congregation held worship services in the church two Sundays each month. Shortly after the fire, an agreement was reached between the Markham Methodist and Goose Creek Primitive Baptist congregations to share the building on alternate Sundays. In 1987 Markham United Methodist Church became a joint owner of the historic church building. Since that time, Markham United Methodist has made many repairs to the building, greatly contributing to the preservation of this historic church.

The church building is a sturdy stone structure with 1 foot thick walls and tall paned windows that frame the surrounding trees. The stone church, simple yet charismatic, is steeped in history. According to records, construction of the stone church began about 1801 and was completed in 1805. During the Civil War the church was used as a Confederate hospital and later became a horse stable for the Union army. Some years following the end of the war, Congressional funding was used to repair damages sustained to the building during it's use as an army stable.

In 1989, Markham United Methodist Church purchased the vacant Markham Middle School circa 1910 which happened to be located next to the historic stone church. After making repairs to the old schoolhouse the church began to use that building for meetings, classes, a church office and select worship services.

Markham United Methodist Church became sole owner of the stone church building in 2011, now sharing the old school building with the Primitive Baptists. Services are every Sunday at 8:15 a.m.

We are a loving, caring church family who love the Lord and seek to serve Him in our daily lives. We are active in ministering to the needs in our community and beyond our community's borders. Our church's desire and vision is to be God's salt and leaven for the world.

With open hearts, open minds and open doors, we invite you to join us in worship of God, who is forever worthy of our praise.




 


Rev. Terry Hendricks

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