FUMC Groves
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Connecting to Christ in the Community and Beyond!

Origins

Groves Methodist Church was formally organized on January 12, 1934, with 24 charter members.  Rev.E.L. Unger was the organizing minister.  Seven years of planning and praying by Methodist who wanted a church home in their own community went into this step.  The new congregation acquired a small building in Sabine Pass and dismantled it, rebuilding it on Beaumont Avenue in Groves.  Rev. Durwood Blackwell came in the fall of 1934 as the first full time minister.

    The church grew rapidly at first, then tapered off to a steady upward climb in membership.   To meet the growing needs of the church, a building program was initiated.  The plan was put on hold during the early forties, due to the war.  Then, in 1947, ground was broken for phase I at the corner of Washington and Cleveland.  This part contained a chapel and classrooms.  It was formally opened in September, 1948, with Rev. V.O. Cornelius as its pastor. 

    As the years went by and the church continued to grow, the sanctuary was built, as Phase II of the planned construction.  It was completed and opened in 1960 when Rev. John Lockhart was pastor. 

    For more than sixty years the members of First United Methodist Church of Groves have accomplished more than they ever dreamed of in the beginning.  The people are the church, ever reaching outward to broaden their ministry.  We continue to worship in our beautiful facilities in Groves. 

    Our church is old and wise with many three-generation families on the roll.  Yet, we are young and eager, with an active youth program and many plans for the future.  We extend an invitation to you to become an active part of our fellowship. 

Zuetta Pinkston
Church Historian