History

Sharon United Methodist Church has a rich history. It began when the first Methodist Society in Macon County was organized in 1829 on the West side of Stevens Creek. This society was part of the Salt Creek Circuit served by Reverend W. L. Deneen.

On March 18, 1852, trustees were elected to establish a meetinghouse. The name adopted at that time was the Stevens Creek Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On August 8, 1873, John J. Funk and his wife conveyed to the Trustees ½ acre of land at the corner of Wyckles Road and Center Street to be used for church purposes. A new church was erected on the site and dedicated in October 1873. The church was named “Sharon”, presumably from the Biblical reference to Sharon, a part of Israel noted for its beauty (Isaiah 65:10).

The church was known for its large Sunday school, and in 1907, a basement was added under the building. In 1947, Mr. George S. Foster gave the church an adjacent ½ acre of land to provide for three additional Sunday school rooms, which were added in 1948.

Growth in the community continued to challenge the church, and plans were approved in 1957 to build a new education unit and multi-purpose worship center as the first step in building an entirely new church plant. Using congregational labor, the new building was completed and the first service was held on December 7, 1958. Consecration services were held on January 22 of the next year. This lovely building served the congregation well, but the building was completely destroyed by a tornado on April 19, 1996.

The congregation remained together and continued to worship in the older sanctuary of Grace UMC in Decatur. New building plans were approved in November 1996, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in December. The congregation commenced worship in the new building on September 21, 1997. Bishop Sharon A. Brown Christopher dedicated the facility to God’s glory on November 16 that same year.