The Methodist Episcopal Church of Yuba City was organized in 1850 as part of the Feather River Circuit by Rev. Isaac Owens, Presiding Elder. This was the first circuit organized in Northern California. They met in private homes until the group grew too large. At this point, meetings were held in available rooms in hotels in Yuba City. The group continued to grow rapidly, and soon larger space had to be found. The Courthouse was used as a meeting place until 1872 when a church building was erected on Yolo Street in Yuba City.
The Methodist Episcopal Church South was organized in Yuba City in 1854. There is no record of their meeting place in the early years. In 1874 they built a church at the corner of Second and C Streets.
In 1925 a Methodist Episcopal congregation built another church on Forbes Avenue in Yuba City.
In 1939 these three congregations were united in a union of the Methodist Episcopal Churches, the Methodist Episcopal South, and the Methodist Protestant Churches. They continued to meet in the building on Second and C Streets, Yuba City, until 1950 when they built new facilities and moved to 627 B Street, Yuba City.
We grew out of our building on B Street and moved to our current location at 3101 Colusa Hwy in Yuba City. Building, at our new location, was a HUGE undertaking and was only completed by God’s blessings and through the hard work of His people. The first portions of the church (office area, the education “wing” and the Fellowship Hall) were completed in 1989. The office staff “moved in” on Saint Patrick’s Day 1989. Our first worship service was held approximately one month later.
The Fellowship Hall was the “Worship Center” for several years. Construction continued. Next was the “narthex” and passageways connecting the office area to the narthex, then the sanctuary. It was a long road filled with faithful people. The day finally arrived. With a total of 600 chairs, (300 new red chairs, plus another 300 assorted chairs) on Palm Sunday 1994 over a thousand people (between the two services provided that day) packed into the church building to hear the pastor, lovingly called “Pastor Shep”, preach the Word of God. The title of his sermon that day was, “They Came to See”.
Today, we are just as blessed as we were then. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He continues to be present in every corner and crevice of our church. One of the first things you will notice when you enter the church narthex is the mural of Jesus which was created from pictures of our church family over the years. From the minute you arrive to the time you leave, you will be treated as part of the family.
“Then Jesus came to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” Matthew 28:18-20
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Reaching the Seeking and Growing the Convinced.
We are madly passionately in love with Jesus. Out of that love, we love all those Jesus loves…. which means YOU!
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