Hayward United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Come Share the Warmth
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History

In the spring of 1983, conversations and correspondence began between Lloyd Anderson and retired United Methodist Pastor Fay Johnson about starting a Hayward United Methodist Church.  Some of that correspondence was with the Church of the Ascension, the Episcopal church on California Avenue in Hayward.

The Episcopal church allowed this new church to meet in their building on Sunday mornings prior to their own hours of worship, a fitting relationship since the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, was a priest of the Church of England in the 17th century, a precursor to the American Episcopal denomination.

Pastor Fay Johnson served as the pastor of the fledgling congregation for that first year until the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church appointed the Rev. Bill McBride to be its first full-time appointed pastor beginning in July, 1984.

In August of that year, a parsonage was secured and a new location for the church came about.  A building on South 27 was rented with two rooms with sufficient space to provide for a sanctuary and Sunday school.  Furnishings such as pews, altar, and pulpit were secured by donation from closed churches throughout Wisconsin, some of which furnishings are still in use in the church today.  A used organ was also given to the church, having been in the home of a long-time church organist who had recently died.  That has since been replaced.

From its humble beginnings, the young congregation continued to grow by word of mouth and ads in the weekly classifieds such as the following from March of 1984: "Your United Methodist friends, worshipping each Sunday at 9 a.m. 212 California, the church with the red door, invite you to visit us!  We are a believing people.  At the heart of our lives is faith in the good news of God's transforming love for all, shown in so many ways, but supremely in the life, death and resurrection and living caring presence of Jesus, the Christ."

In June of 1989, the present United Methodist church building at the intersection of Highway B and Olker Road, just beyond the Lumberjack Bowl, was dedicated.  In August of 2002, the addition of a fellowship hall and classroom facility was dedicated, doubling the size of the church.  Today, we are better than 120 strong and are a vital part of the worshipping community of Hayward.    Come Share the Warmth.