First United Methodist Church of Woodbury
Sunday, July 21, 2024

History of our church

History of  First United Methodist Church Woodbury
Celebrating  over 200 years of Ministry in Cannon County!
Until 1812, Cannon County was served by the Nashville circut.  At that time, thee was regular preaching in individual dewellings.  Societies were organized and a log church house was built as early as 1814.  About 1820, the Methodist in Woodbury held their services in an old log cabin on the lot where the present church stands.  This log building was follow by a frame structure that was later destroyed by fire.  The congregation then moved to a building on College Street.  The current brick building was built in 1845. 
The brick church bulding constructed in 1845 was remodeled between 1929 and 1932.  The belfry was not replaced in this process.  In 1935, the church bell, which had been donated by Dr. J.B. McFerrin, a civil war veteran, was given to the city of Woodbury to be used on the new courthouse clock.  There it was used to strike the time of day as it does today.  In 1952, the church building was remodeled again. 
In recent years, the church has made on-going improvements to the Educational building.  In 2009, the restrooms were updated to be handicapp accessible so that all could be welcome in our facilities.
It is told that at some time during the Civil War Battle of Murfreesboro, a Union soldier came up High Street on horseback.  He was badly wounded.  Some of the townspeople helped hiim off his horse and laid hiim down on a pew inside the church.  He died and they buried him in the churchyard.
One early church officer was Miss Masie Fuller.  Miss Fuller served as the communion steward from about 1912 to 1948.  She made the unleavened bread used for communion in her home.  The wine was also homeade.  
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