Quilters and members of a ladies aid group in the church are shown during a meeting. (Photo submitted)
Quilters and members of a ladies aid group in the church are shown during a meeting. (Photo submitted)
CONTINENTAL - Christ United Methodist Church in Continental will celebrate their 125th anniversary this Saturday, Oct. 5.

The social hour will be held in the church basement from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a celebration to follow in the sanctuary at 4 p.m. There will be food and fellowship immediately following the service.
Reminiscences from former pastors, special music and reflections of the past from the congregation will be part of the commemoration. The congregation is inviting the public to attend and share their memories with family, friends and neighbors.

Records indicate that as early as 1888, a small group of believers met in a building for prayer and Bible study. They were the first United Brethren congregation in Continental. In 1891, a young, self-educated minister, Rev. A.F. Light, accepted the pastorate of a four-church circuit that included this United Brethren Church.

A pledge drive raised money for a new church where the present church stands at the corner of Sugar and S. Main Street. The building consisted of one large room heated by wood burning stoves and lighted by coal oil lamps. This church was torn down and replaced with a larger church that was dedicated on November 1928.

Although the interior and exterior of the building has been remodeled through the years, the spirit remains the same. The church has witnessed marriages, baptisms, funerals, revivals and Christian fellowship. Members continue to be dedicated in their outreach to the Continental community.

The church has been influenced by denominational mergers. In 1946, the Evangelical and United Brethren Church united to form the EUB church. In 1968, this denomination merged with the Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church. It was during this merger that the present name of Christ United Methodist Church became official. As they celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church, the congregation honors those who have given their talents and gifts through the years, along with those who presently are carrying the light of Christ to future generations.