Midway United Methodist Church 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 our 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 Subdivision.
A few years later, during the ministry of the Rev. Mike Cash, the church was challenged to build a new Sanctuary and Education Building to accommodate our growth. Even with two worship services, the church was bursting at the seams. There was limited seating for just over 100 in the sanctuary and parking was inadequate. In 1992, under the leadership of the Rev. Cash, Midway UMC purchased five additional acres of adjoining land. A 14,500-square-foot building was constructed with eleven classrooms, a kitchen, and a sanctuary that could seat over 300 worshipers.
In 1999 Midway United Methodist Church reached another milestone in our growth with the addition of our 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 us to expand our We Wonder Preschool and F.U.N. Kidz after-school programs to be among the premier programs in the county. The top floor includes six classrooms that enhance our growing Adult Sunday School program in addition to our library and history center. Two larger rooms are dedicated especially for our youth group, and were recently completed renovated. The most recent renovation is our beautiful new Adult Gathering Area, a cozy yet spacious room for meeting and fellowship, complete with couches, chairs, bistro tables and a coffee bar.
The new millennium brought with it both success and challenge. During the ministries of the Rev. Calvin Haney and the Rev. Dr. Lee Almy, signature programs were established or perfected including the spring and fall Consignment Sales (renowned as among the best in the area, each with thousands of visitors), Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, the MUMC spring and fall BBQ and 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 fall of the World Trade Center towers 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 four different scouting organizations, support groups, a Toastmasters club, 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 Midway continue to move ahead with great enthusiasm and a renewed commitment to extend our reach up, in, across, and out. We’ve increased worship attendance, started new Sunday School groups for children, youth, and adults, welcomed many new members, hosted several Financial Peace University classes, and given more dollars to missions in the past 18 months than in previous years combined. We welcomed our newest Pastor, the Rev. Stacey Hanson, and his family into our fellowship and are preparing for a new 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.