Members of Sardis United Methodist Church will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the laying the church’s cornerstone on Nov. 9.
A full day of activities is planned by the church’s Cornerstone Centennial Committee headed by Grace Jennings. The day begins at the 10 a.m. service with a skit written by Ruth Jackson portraying the original building committee in completing the building, leading up to the opening of the cornerstone. Members are eager to see what the early church members put in the “time capsule” 100 years ago. The contents of the original 1870 building’s cornerstone are included with what was placed in 1908.
For the day, early service and Sunday school will give way to the 10 a.m. service. Special music with some invited former choir members is planned. A slide show with photos from the past 100 years will be shown. A memory book is being compiled of photos through the years along with photos of the current members and their historical information concerning the church. Lunch will be served at noon and an afternoon of singing and reminisces will continue the festivities.
All surviving former pastors and their families have been invited to the ceremony as well as all former members or their descendants. The red brick church building with its massive bell tower sits on the corner of McLaurin and Main streets and still maintains its presence on South Main Street with its large Tiffany stained glass windows.
The Rev. Dayna Goff is pastor at Sardis UMC.