Hardin Water Tower

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Christian Church

Hardin United Methodist Church

Hardin United Methodist Church

Church History

Reverend B.H. Spencer organized the Hardin United Methodist Church in 1845. The first church building was erected in the community in 1859 and was the old Walnut Grove Church. It stood in the eastern part of the Hardin Cemetery and was a union church. When the Wabash railroad was built the town moved from the old site to the present site and the building was moved to enable the people to walk to church. In 1870 a schoolhouse was built south of the depot and some of the church services were held there. The first church building erected in Hardin was the Methodist Church and was located near First Street. When the Santa Fe Railroad was built in 1887 the church building was moved to the present site. On a Sunday morning in November of 1895 the church structure burned. After this a building committee was organized and the present church building was completed in 1896. Bishop Hendricks preached the dedicatory sermon.

In the beginning the church was referred to as the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In May of 1938 a union took place that changed the name to Methodist Church. In recent years another union took place with the former Evangelical United Brethren Church that changed the name to United Methodist.

During the Flood of 1993 the church basement was flooded and with help from United Methodist Churches across the country the Fellowship Hall was added to the church and dedicated in January of 1995.

The Hardin Methodist Church provides a friendly welcome to visitors, individuals, couples, and families looking for a church home. The members of the church hear sermons based on God’s Word each Sunday and have an in-depth bible study on Wednesday nights. The congregation has a variety of talents that are shared during the worship service and Sunday School. The pastor and church congregation invite you to join them for services on Sunday or Bible Study on Wednesday evenings.