About Canaanville United Methodist Church (revised 9/20/21)
Our church was first founded in 1830 as the Methodist Episcopal Church. It became Canaanville Chapel in 1850 and then Canaanville Methodist Episcopal Church when it moved to its present location in 1899. In 1939 it became Canaanville Methodist Church and in 1968, the Canaanville United Methodist Church; Services are Sunday at 9 a.m. and Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Service at Stewart is at 10 a.m.
We are a praying church with powerful prayer warriors. We have a prayer alert system that notifies our prayer team of prayer concerns. We are a Spirit Filled church that believes in the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are friendly and outgoing and always welcome guests and new members. We follow a Safe Sanctuary policy to make sure children are safe at all times. Our building is handicapped accessible.
We are a warm and welcoming congregation working hard to follow the Greatest Commandment given by Jesus Christ, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
Canaanville United Methodist Church is a small country church doing great things! Generally, about 35-45 people attend church each Sunday, but since we postponed indoor services and started live streaming, Facebook says we are reaching about 500 people. Our congregation is somewhat diverse. We have carpenters, nurses, professors, students, secretaries, teachers, social workers, fire fighters, domestic engineers; old, young and young at heart.
Services are Sunday at 9 a.m. and the pastor usually leaves to serve at Stewart UMC at 10:00 when Adult Sunday School begins. Following our children’s moment during worship, children up through the 6th grade are able to attend Children’s Church. During the school year, we have a program called SWAT (Serving With Area Teens) on Sunday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m.
We support several mission projects both locally and globally including missionaries in Myanmar, Thailand and Costa Rica. Our children collect “Noisy Change” during Advent and Lent, supporting Heifer International.
We have friends in Nicaragua both from our work with Compassion International and through mission work several members do at Rancho Ebenezer in Niquinohomo, Nicaragua. One little girl we sponsored graduated from the Compassion program, and is pursuing degrees in Nursing and Graphic Arts. We still keep in touch with her and were excited to see pictures from her recent wedding. In the past, several members’ families have supported Compassion children.
We support the Athens homeless shelter though Good Works and have taken charge of registration for their annual “Good Works Walk For The Homeless” every year since it began. We collect food and supplies for Good Works several times year. Our church and many of its members support Good Works financially. We support “take home food” projects at three local elementary schools.
We are excited to announce that we now have an Emergency Response Team which can respond to tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other disasters. We have purchased an eighteen foot tool trailer and, with financial help from our members and the Foothills District UMC, have equipped it with tools and supplies. We have already participated in three relief projects, one in Marietta after the Ohio River flood there, one in North Carolina helping to reconstruct a home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew and one in Dayton doing tornado cleanup.
We have contributed hundreds of school kits, hygiene kits and flood buckets for the Festival of Sharing and donated heavily to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) which assists communities following natural disasters. Last year, we contributed 18 flood buckets, 31 hygiene kits, and 21 school kits.
We are friendly and outgoing and always welcome new members. We follow a Safe Sanctuary policy to make sure children are safe at all times. If you are looking for a small church where you will be welcomed, appreciated, can make new friends and find ways to serve the Lord, we are the church for you. We have started Live-Streaming our services on Facebook at 9 a.m. on Sundays or later if you want to watch the recorded service. We have reopened asking people use masks if they can and to use social distancing; if you are just visiting the Athens area, stop in on Sunday morning; we welcome visitors.
We are proud to introduce our new pastor Eli S. Wanner.