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Our Story

How it all started...

Our first services took the form of occasional revival meetings. Following a revival in 1849, several converts started regular church meetings in a frame schoolhouse on Pearl Street in Rising Sun. In 1852, Edwin Haines donated a lot for construction of a Methodist church. It cost $1800 to build and was dedicated in 1855. By 1871, there were 85 members.

In 1871, having outgrown the building, a new church was built which cost $12,000. In 1878, the church was incorporated and designated Janes Methodist Episcopal Church. It was named for Bishop Edmund S. Janes of New York, a highly regarded and eloquent preacher. In 1919, the church was modernized at a cost of $6000 which included new carpet, a new organ and new paint. The church was destroyed in a fire two years later.

A new church was erected on the same site at a total cost of $45,000. It was dedicated in November of 1923. In 1924, a tent revival was held in which 125 persons were converted and 85 members added to the membership of the church. A pipe organ was purchased and installed in 1925. The church was remodeled in 1925 to conform to John Wesley's idea of a "house of worship". The church celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1954.

In 1988, in with a membership of 465 and growing, the church purchased 6.55 acres of land adjacent the Post Office for $200,000 which was paid off by 1992. Phase One was a building completed in 1995 which housed administrative offices, Sunday school classrooms, a kitchen and fellowship hall.

Phase two, a 20,000 square foot addition was completed in 2004. This completed our existing state of the art sanctuary, new fellowship hall and additional classroom space.

In 2016, our facility was upgraded with a new coffee bar, dubbed "Gathering Grounds" and a children's Treehouse Welcome Center.  These two enhancements  strengthened our focus on family and fellowship here at Janes.  The Treehouse Welcome Center created a safe and fun environment for the children to enter our children's ministry.  While the Gathering Grounds coffee bar provides the congregation a beautiful space to fellowship with one another and greet our guests.
Janes United Methodist Church ,1855
Janes United Methodist Church, 1925

Expanding the vision...

The Spring of 2020 was unprecedented; offering opportunies for the congregation of Janes UMC to step up and step out for the Gospel.  While the COVID-19 virus kept us out of the sanctuary, we took the opportunity begin a transformation of  church as we know it.  
REVIVAL is on the way!  
Look for Janes to expand the vision and expand the Gospel in the community of Rising Sun.  We are so excited to see what God is about to do...

Where we are headed...

Helping people find & follow Jesus
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Matthew 28:19-20

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