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If you’ve been looking for a church where you feel at home and loved, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to you to be our guest and know you will be welcomed anytime.


MEET OUR PASTOR:

I am proud to say that I am the pastor of St. John United Methodist Church in Florence, Alabama.  My wife Cindy and I have lived in Alabama for nearly 20 years.  We are excited to be servant leaders among the people of our church.  I come to you with experience in ministry with different age groups and strong faith in Christ as my Savior.  I believe scriptures are my guide to living my faith out above anything else.  The world is our parish and where the Holy Spirit leads us and the ability to love the Lord with our hearts, souls, and minds and our neighbor as ourselves is where my vision and ministry is lived out. I look forward to seeing you as you join us for worship this Sunday.

Have A Nice Day,

Bro. Mike Samuels, Pastor


WHEN WE MEET & WHAT TO EXPECT:

We invite you to worship with us!  Here’s some information about what to expect when visiting our church.

Our normal schedule for worship services and other in-person activities has been temporarily impacted by changes resulting from COVID-19.

~~ Sunday Mornings ~~

  • Coffee Fellowship will remain indefinitely postponed until such a time that the spread of COVID-19 in our area slows to a level that allows us to safely modify our COVID-19 protocols.

    Coffee Fellowship – 8:45 A.M.

    At 8:45 A.M., some of our members gather for Coffee Fellowship. Join us for coffee and have a few minutes of fellowship with us before Sunday School.

  • Adult Sunday School classes have resumed, starting 09/05/21. Children/Youth classes remain postponed at this time due to COVID-19.

    Sunday School – 9:00 A.M.

    We have Sunday School classes at 9:00 A.M.

  • Morning Worship – 10:00 A.M.

    Join us as we worship God through hymns, liturgy, and teachings. Come dressed as comfortably as you are. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Children of all ages are welcome. A nursery is also available.

  • Where do I go when I arrive? If you are arriving for Coffee Fellowship (8:45am) / Sunday School (9:00am), please enter our Christian Life Center building. If you are arriving for Morning Worship, which begins at 10:00am, please enter at the front of the Sanctuary.
  • Where do I park? Please park in the parking area in front of the Christian Life Center.  There are “Visitor Parking” spaces available for visitors.
  • What do you do for children? We have Sunday School classes for all ages.  During Morning Worship, children may join the worship service.  We also have a nursery available for Morning Worship.
  • How long does Wednesday Night Bible Study last? Approximately one hour.
  • What should I wear? We’re not fancy here at St. John.  Come dressed as comfortably as you are.

We continue to follow public health guidance to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Everyone entering our church is required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

~~ Wednesday Nights ~~

  • ** All Wednesday Night Activities are indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19 **

    Bible Study (All Ages) – 6:00 P.M.

  • Where do I go when I arrive? Please enter our Christian Life Center building.
  • Where do I park? Please park in the parking area in front of the Christian Life Center.  There are “Visitor Parking” spaces available for visitors.
  • What do you do for children? The children receive a meal before going to age-level Bible Study groups.
  • How long does Wednesday Night Bible Study last? Approximately one hour.


Why St. John?

At St. John United Methodist Church, we are committed to ministering to individuals and families in the best way possible.  We have listed below just a few of the things that make our church family a special place to be.

  • Caring:  God’s love fills our hearts and we strive to demonstrate His love in our lives.  From the youngest child to the oldest adult, everybody is somebody at St. John.
  • Sharing:  Our family is committed to sharing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ with everyone because everyone is someone for whom Christ died.
  • Fellowship:  We are a place where people can come and built lasting friendships with other believers.  Our family provides a place of encouragement, support, and fellowship that is so vital to the Christian life.
  • Growing:  Our goal is to help every believer grow in their understanding of God’s Word so that each one can experience the victory and joy of life in Jesus Christ.

HOW TO JOIN OUR CHURCH FAMILY:

It is important for you to understand that church membership will not give you eternal life. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven. You can receive this free gift at anytime you wish to accept it. If you would like more information on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, or if you wish to join the St. John family through one of the ways described above, please contact the pastor of our church. He will assist you with any questions you may have.

We would consider it an honor for you to join our Church Family if the Holy Spirit is leading you to do so. You may attain membership through one of the following:

  • Transfer from another United Methodist Church:  If you are a member of another United Methodist Church and wish to join St. John, you may do so by simply making your intent to transfer your membership.
  • Transfer from another denomination:  If you come from another Protestant congregation, you will be asked one question:  As a member of Christ’s church, will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries, and will you then also be loyal to St. John United Methodist Church and uphold the ministry and outreach of this congregation with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness?
  • Your baptism is accepted – If you have been a member of another church and have been baptized using one of the traditional modes of baptism – sprinkling, pouring, or immersing – you do not have to be re-baptized.  If you have not been baptized then you may do so when you join.
  • Profession of Faith and Baptism:  A person who begins the Christian life does so through baptism, which is a symbol of God’s grace through Jesus Christ.  if you have never joined any church, you profess your faith for the first time by proclaiming Christ as your personal savior and choosing to join the family of God at St. John.  A common profession of belief is “I believe God loves me”.

HISTORY OF OUR CONGREGATION:

Founded in 1958, St. John United Methodist Church is a spiritually growing community of faith, believing and practicing Christ’s words, “Love One Another”, in order to bring glory to God.

  • March 31, 1958

    A survey was conducted in the Underwood-Petersville area by Rev. James E. Harris and the Wesley Foundation and Florence State College. Nine families indicated an interest in starting a new Methodist church in the community.

  • April 1958

    Organizational meetings of this new church were held in the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Van Irons, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Jones, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stevens.  Rev. H.C. (Jack) Hendricks was appointed minister of this new church.  The name chosen for this new Methodist church was St. John.

  • June 1, 1958

    Our first worship service was held in a rented garage across from Underwood School. 43 people were in attendance.

  • January 1959

    St. John completed the first of three educational buildings. Worship and Sunday School classes were held here.

  • 1960

    The second educational building was completed in January 1960, and worship services were moved to this building. In the fall, the third educational building was completed.

  • 1965 – 1966

    On February 14, 1965, open house was held for the new sanctuary. Over 400 people were in attendance. In the Spring and Summer of 1965, the construction of our parsonage began, and it was completed in June of 1966.

  • 1968

    The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form The United Methodist Church. As such, the new name for St. John Methodist Church was St. John United Methodist Church.

  • 1990

    In June 1990, the church parking lot paving was completed by our “Unsung Heroes”. In the afternoon of Sunday, December 30, 1990, our church sustained over $20,000 in damage from a tornado.

  • 1993 – 1994

    On August 1, 1993, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for our Christian Life Center. A dedication service for our Christian Life Center was held on October 9, 1994.

  • Present – Sunday Mornings at 10:00am

    Join us in-person or online as we worship God through hymns, liturgy, and teachings. Come dressed as comfortably as you are. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Children of all ages are welcome, but no nursery is available at this time due to COVID-19. All attendees are required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.