Learn More About Glenelg United Methodist Church

The heritage of Glenelg United Methodist Church is rich in history from a church in rural America to a church now in a still growing suburban community. In 2009, Glenelg celebrated 150 years of ministry in the western Howard County community.

In August, 1859, a group of men met to form a new church in western Howard county. The church was named the Westwood Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church and still exists near our present location. Services began in 1860 and were ministered by “circuit riders” who rode horseback from church to church.

When the Civil War started in 1861, the issue of slavery divided the church into two fractions. Some members decided to move away and formed a separate church named the Providence Church. The church split into two congregations for many years, finally renewing their original fellowship in 1960 and then officially coming together to form Glenelg Methodist Church in 1961.

In June 1962, Glenelg Methodist became a station church with the assignment on a permanent, non-rotating minister. With the congregation increasing in size, the church purchased eleven acres of land on Burnt Woods Road and made plans to build a new church. A ground breaking ceremony was held on February 3, 1969 and the church was completed in 1970. This multipurpose building included classrooms and a fellowship hall in which worship was conducted. Services at the new church, now named Glenelg United Methodist Church, began on February 1, 1970.

With an unexpected gift in 1983, Glenelg UMC began phase two of their building plan, erecting a permanent sanctuary in the mid-1980s. Worship in our present sanctuary, a beautiful brick building with clear glass windows overlooking the wooded landscape and a stained glass window of Jesus, which won awards upon its installation, began in the fall of 1986.

The congregation of Glenelg United Methodist strives to be an active participant in the neighborhood and the world, through a church-based Nursery School, a summer Vacation Bible School, on-going support of the Grassroots Shelter and Congregations Concerned for the Homeless in Howard County, the sponsoring of several Boy Scout troops, and Alcoholics Annonymous.

Glenelg United Methodist Church recognizes and is grateful for the love and support God has shown this community of worshippers. Our mission remains : To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in the local community, and to provide opportunities, encouragement, and guidance for members to live their lives in accordance with the teaching of Jesus. We do this through the following programs and actions:

  • Conduct a worship service every Sunday and on special occasions.
  • Provide Christian education as appropriate for all ages.
  • Provide spiritual and emotional care for our members.
  • Reach out to those in the community in need of help.
  • Create an environment for Christian Fellowship within the community.
  • Support the United Methodist denomination and all its programs.