In 2020, McMannen United Methodist Church was scheduled to celebrate its 150th Anniversary. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the most active hurricane season on record, and a presidential election, we decided to delay our celebration until September.
The Beginnings of McMannen United Methodist Church
Somewhere around 1870, marks the time when the people of God became a worshiping community. The first of the people destined to become McMannen members gathered under a giant oak tree for services led by the Reverend John Archibald McMannen. While our history is replete with golden memories, the story of McMannen was tarnished in the story of this country. Americans fought and killed fellow Americans on American soil over the issue of whether or not freedom should be extended to all Americans. Within a few yards of where McMannen would be established is Bennett Place the site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers ending the American Civil War, on April 26, 1865. McMannen is a church built on one of the foundations of the state of North Carolina, agriculture. Farming was big business and the enterprise leading to the establishment of Durham. The lovely white church overlooking farmland eventually was no longer rural as the land around the church was developed. As we honor our past, McMannen looks to pave the way for the future. To commemorate our sesquicentennial, McMannen unveiled a new vision to guide us into the next century.
Our Renewed Vision
"H.O.M.E. for All"
Honor God with our Worship
As the people of God, the Body of Christ, and the Community of the Holy Spirit.
Offer Ourselves in Ministry
With our prayers, presences, gifts, service, and witness.
Mature in our Faith
By growing to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.
Enter into the World
To give ourselves for others.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is “to make disciples for the transformation of the world.” This new vision tells you how we are planning to make disciples.
HOME For All captures the depth of who we are at McMannen. We are a church that thrives on hospitality through food, family, and fellowship. A congregation that welcomes all people.
Leading up to our anniversary we are featuring the many stories of members past and present.