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Wednesday 9 - 3
Thursday 9 - 4
Centenary U.M. Church is a fellowship of believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, dedicated to sharing God’s love at the heart of Terre Haute, so that those we touch will have hope in their lives and go forth with us in Christian service to all people.
A History 1866-2011
The story of Centenary U.M.C. began with the founding of Asbury Chapel at the corner of Poplar and 4th Street. The city donated the lot to be given to the first religious denomination who erected a house of worship. The Methodists built first in 1835.
Asbury Chapel grew and by 1848 a new church was built on the north side of town. In 1864, Reverend William Graham was appointed to Asbury Chapel and at that time plans for Centenary were initiated. On April 5, 1866 the name of the church was changed to celebrate the Centennial of American Methodism. The new building was dedicated on Dec. 2, 1866. Centenary prospered, but in 1883 a disastrous fire destroyed the church. The thriving congregation was able though to quickly rebuild and even add an east end addition.
In the late 19th century Centenary was the driving force behind the establishment of a number of other Methodist congregations in Terre Haute – Mattox Chapel which became Fourth Ave. Methodist Church; A Union Sunday school which became Maple Ave. U.M.C.; Montrose Church which merged to become Memorial U.M.C.; and Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.
The current limestone structure began construction in 1903 and was completed and dedicated in 1917.
Centenary has throughout its history been concerned with and involved in missions around Terre Haute and the world. Numerous missionaries have left from Centenary to serve around the world in such places as India, Africa, Cuba and Malaysia. We have been involved in Habitat for Humanity Builds, 14th & Chestnut Community Center and countless other local charities.
In 1943 Centenary became increasingly involved on the nearby campus of the Indiana State Teachers’ College (now Indiana State University). A Wesley Foundation was formed to minister with the college students.
In the period of the 1950’s vast renovations were done to the building as the congregation thrived. A campus ministry building was erected just north of the current church and was donated by Centenary to the Wesley Foundation. (That building has since come back to Centenary’s ownership 2010 giving us a two building campus). During the 1950’s & 60’s Centenary was the marquee Methodist Congregation in Terre Haute. Such families as the Bayh's (of political fame) have been members here.
In 1991 Centenary celebrated its 125th anniversary and that same year established a perpetual endowment for the support of the church’s ministries. The 1990’s saw the drafting of our current mission statement.
In 1993 an elevator was installed to make our building accessible to all and in 2001 the chancel and Casavant organ were renovated in our sanctuary. In the Spring of 2011 Centenary has added a second weekly worship service for the first time in its history. This new weekly service is contemporary, using a praise band and video for preaching and worship set in a coffee house atmosphere.
We are currently in 2012 a congregation of 200 members worshiping, 100 on Sundays.
After 146 years of ministry on the corner of 7th and Eagle, Centenary has touched countless lives and is looking to reach even more people by “sharing the love of God at the heart of Terre Haute” today, tomorrow and beyond.