Midway United Methodist Church (MUMC) has a rich heritage. In the 1830s – about the time Forsyth County was incorporated – the first congregation came together and built a small wood-frame church. In April of 1920 a tornado destroyed that little church building, which had already served generations. Undaunted, the congregation came together to rebuild it. Slowly, carefully, with infinite faith, they created one of the most beautiful chapels in the state. In the early 1950s, the first educational building was constructed to provide much needed space for a Fellowship Hall and growing Sunday School classes.
In November 1967, ground was broken for a parsonage while the Rev. Hugh S. Page was pastor. The parsonage was built, paid for, furnished, and dedicated in May of 1968. The corner of Highway 9 and Campground Road where the church is located soon became very busy. In order to provide a safer home, this Parsonage was sold in August of 1989 and a new one purchased in the Calamar neighborhood.
A few years later, during the ministry of Rev. Mike Cash, the church was challenged to build a new sanctuary and education building to accommodate additional growth. Even with two worship services, the church was bursting at the seams. There was limited seating for just over 100 in the chapel and parking was inadequate. In 1992, under the leadership of Rev. Cash, MUMC purchased five additional acres of adjoining land. A 14,500-square-foot building was constructed, with 11 classrooms, a kitchen, and a sanctuary that could seat more than 300 worshipers.
In 1999, the church reached another milestone in its growth with the addition of the Family Life Center. The first floor includes a full-size gymnasium and a spacious fellowship hall with a large adjoining kitchen. Additional classrooms and offices have allowed the church to expand its We Wonder Preschool to be among the premier programs in the county. The top floor includes six classrooms that enhance the adult Sunday School program, in addition to a library and history center. Two larger rooms are dedicated especially for the youth group, and were completely renovated in 2018. Other recent renovations include: a beautiful new Gathering Area – a cozy yet spacious room for meeting and fellowship, complete with couches, chairs, bistro tables and a coffee bar; a belltower with chimes that can be heard several miles away; a covered entrance over the new circle drive, which allows for ease and comfort of entering the main building in inclement weather; and in 2019, complete renovation of the Welcome Center, located just inside the covered entrance.
The new millennium brought with it both success and challenge. During the ministries of Rev. Calvin Haney and Rev. Dr. Lee Almy, signature programs were established or perfected including the Children’s Consignment Sales (renowned as among the best in the area, with thousands of visitors), Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, the spring and fall BBQ & Bake Sales, the Pumpkin Patch, Cub Scout Pack 457 and Boy Scout Troop 457, mission partnerships with No Longer Bound, Relay for Life, and other local mission agencies, and the MUMC Youth and Children’s ministries. It was also a decade of transition for the church and community that began with the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and ended with the global economic recession and the decline of local property values. But through it all, the clergy, staff, and congregation persevered with hope and resilience.
MUMC has now expanded to host three different scouting organizations, support groups, a Toastmasters club, community meetings, and much more, making it an important entity for the community at large, as well as its congregation. With our eyes on being a “missional church” looking to share Christ’s love with our neighbors locally, regionally and globally, the future is very bright indeed.
The people of MUMC continue to move ahead with great enthusiasm and a renewed commitment to make disciples for Jesus Christ. We welcomed a new Senior Pastor in June 2018 – Rev. Jennie Andone – and continue a season of faithful and fruitful ministry as we extend our reach together. We welcome you to join us for the exciting days ahead as our future unfolds before us.