Hoschton United Methodist Church
Monday, October 23, 2017

History of Hoschton UMC

     Hoschton UMC has a long history of serving the Hoschton Community. It was first organized and chartered in 1884, the beginning membership came primarily from he old Bethlehem Methodist Church that was located on the Covered Bridge Road outside of Hoschton, Georgia. After meeting in the old Hoschton Presbyterian Church over a period of time, the congregation moved to the Congregational Church of Hoschton.  The membership grew to the point where it was time to build their own church building.  The land was purchased from W. H. Smith, one of the charter members for $50.00.  It was recorded that "three different rounds were made to collect the funds needed to build the church building and have it paid in full when completed."
     In 1905, the congregation of Hoschton Methodist Church moved into its own building.  That building is the same one we worship in today with a few modifications; a fellowship hall building, an addition to the back of the church for Sunday class rooms, nursery and a pastor's office.  With the beauty of the stained glass windows, the character of the pews and the worshipful spirit of the sanctuary, this church was built to last and continues to meet the needs of our community and congregation.
     Up until the 1990s, the Hoschton UMC was one of up to six churches on the Hoschton Circuit, which meant sharing a preacher with a number of other churches in the area, but this only allowed services to be held monthly or bi-weekly.  As the population of the community grew in membership, Hoschton UMC voted and became independent with their own pastor, thus allowing the church to worship every Sunday; a parsonage was also built on the same property off Hall Street.
     Hoschton UMC is not only known for the beauty and quaintness of our sanctuary but also for the warmth and love of our church family.
     Over the last 130+ years, Hoschton UMC has seen many changes. However, one of their strengths is the fact that they never forget where they came from and many saints who helped get them where they are today, and the tradition of sharing the love of God and offering caring and loving hands to one another.