We Are Doers and We Have a History of Embracing the Ecumenical
- Sudbury’s Congregation Beth El worshipped in our facilities until their Temple could be finished in 1969.
- We have hosted two Cardinals. in 1964, Cardinal Cushing was the first Roman Catholic Cardinal to speak in a Protestant Church. In January of 2014, Cardinal O’Malley worshipped with us and was blessed by a Congregational pastor in our Sanctuary.
- Sunny Hill Pre-School, a non-denominational extension of the church, was founded in 1958.
- The Sudbury Savoyards, a community theatre group that specializes in Gilbert & Sullivan was formed in 1961 as a fundraising arm for the Church. Now independent, but still related to SUMC, their profits are devoted to The United Methodist Committee on Relief, for world hunger relief.
- We have supported Rosie’s Place since 1974.
- More than 25% of our annual budget is donated to other community and social justice causes.
- Interested in learning more? We’ve updated our history book. Click here to download A History of The Methodist Church of Sudbury.
Highlights in Our History Include the Following:
- The Sudbury United Methodist Church is the largest church that was built by its own parishioners to be found in the United States. We started with the church school classroom building, went on to the church hall (Hawes Hall), and over the course of 40 years built the sanctuary and the chapel and the office and classroom wings.
- Sudbury held its first Methodist class meetings in a local school in 1823.
- We built our first church in 1836. Today, that church building houses the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury.
- We are still building! We are building a fellowship hall in Dominica, as part of our outreach efforts there.
United Methodist History
Methodism was founded in England by John and Charles Wesley in the 18th century. It spread rapidly in the United States in the 19th century. There is a rich history of evangelism, service and education in our denomination. You can read more at the United Methodist Church website.