Hopewell UMC, from the beginning...
Hopewell Church was organized as a Methodist Episcopal Church in 1813. The original building's construction began
in 1853, and was not completed until after the War Between the States. The Church used this building until 1891, when
it was dismantled, moved, and reconstructed. In 1853, the membership was about thirty. The Church was part of
the West Chesterfield Charge and the preaching was held once a month. Mr. Bonie Brown, who used a tuning fork, as the
Church had no organ, led the singing in those days.
The Church was wired for electricity in 1947. In 1950, four classrooms
were built onto the back of the Church at a total cost of $3,200. By 1957, the charge consisted of Hopewell, Trinity
and Mt. Gilead Churches.
In 1960, additional classrooms, kitchen and restrooms were added to the Church along
with a central heating system at a cost of $8,000. In March 1961, the new brick parsonage was completed on the site
across from where the Hopewell School had stood. March 1966 saw a new sanctuary capable of seating 250 people completed
along with new classrooms, a pastor's study and furnishings consecrated. The old building was used as an educational building.
In June 1968, the Chesterfield Charge was split and Hopewell Church became a station Church. In 1970, VDOT purchased
one acre of the old school tract with the parsonage. The Church in turn purchased the building and moved it to its present
site and added a basement. Work was completed in the spring of 1972. In 1981, a new Education Wing was consecrated and
the cornerstone was laid. The old building was removed in 1984, due to termite damage.
In 1991, a new wing
was added to the building. The addition consisted of a kitchen, fellowship hall, rest rooms, and connecting foyer.
The rest of the building, including foyer, Minister's Office, Secretary's Office, sacristy, handicapped rest room, nursery
and kindergarten, plus three classrooms were finished and dedicated in January 1999.
We are proud of our
Church building and encourage its use. We have many Sunday School classes for nursery through adulthood. Hopewell
United Methodist Church offers United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, Youth Group, Mission Kids, and Choir activities.
Special short-term classes are provided during the year. Our building is host to many civic groups: Girl,
Boy and Cub Scouts; AA groups; Earl's Pearls; Women's Club and craft clubs
We invite you to become a part
of the church today and a piece of its history tomorrow.