Organized in 1934 with eight charter members, Midway United Methodist Church stands as a beacon of light in the community.
Since its establishment, the church’s membership has grown tremendously, and a new sanctuary, social hall and education building have been added.
On Aug. 30, 1987, the congregation celebrated its last worship service in the old sanctuary and held its first service in the new sanctuary Sept. 6, 1987. At 10 a.m. Sept. 30, homecoming services to celebrate 25 years in the sanctuary will be held at 215 Martin Road.
Former pastor the Rev. Wayne Defore of First United Methodist Church of Claxton will be the speaker.
Under the leadership of Pastor Doug Walker, Midway United Methodist Church has many ministries and plays an active part in its growing community.
Services are each Sunday; early-morning worship is at 8:45 a.m., Sunday school is at 10 a.m., and another worship service is at 11 a.m. On Wednesdays, the pioneer club, a Bible-based ministry for children, meets at 3 p.m., with Wednesday-night supper and Wednesday Nite Alive at 6 p.m.
“Midway United Methodist Church is a place where you may discover and use your spiritual gifts,” Walker said. “Those who seek a channel for his or her spiritual energies will find their opportunities here.”
Numerous programs are in place to foster childrens’ spiritual growth.
There is children’s church, and during the pioneer club meetings, there is singing, food, and socializing.
The food ministry is an integral part of the church’s outreach mission. On a monthly basis, members of the church organize and deliver food to those in need.
The United Methodist women support the Tri-County Protective Agency and the Good Samaritan Christmas boxes for worldwide distribution. The women also prepare food baskets.
Men of the church donate their time and muscle both inside and outside the church.
They hold an annual fall barbecue with assistance from the church’s teenagers, the Happy Hearts. This year’s barbecue is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 20.
The church’s bereavement ministry helps church members who are unable to take care of general maintenance, and the men also provide transportation to and from medical appointments for those who are unable to drive themselves.
“God is continuing to move us to reach out into the highways and byways,” Walker said. “Over the past several years, our church has seen a renewed spiritual and numerical growth. God’s grace is truly sufficient and working to bring many people to the Lord.”
“We are excited about the homecoming services,” church member Fran Shape said. “We will also have a covered-dish meal following worship services. After the fellowship lunch, national recording gospel artist Donna Jackson, who lives in Midway, will perform.”
For additional information about Midway United Methodist Church or the homecoming services, call 884-2329.