The earliest records we have for Methodism in Cary date back to 1888, when Reverend Edward J. Aiken rode his bicycle from Elgin each week to lead worship in a one-room school building. From 1888 to 1952, the church was located at 104 High Road, the building that is now the Windbridge Funeral Home. That building had been built in 1861 as the Cary School. When a new school was built on West Main Street (now the Cary Senior Center) in 1888, the High Road building became available for the church's use.
In 1939, the word Episcopal was dropped from the name when the Methodist Episcopal Church; The Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the Methodist Protestant Church were combined. At that point, we were the Cary Methodist Church.
Then, in 1968, The Methodist Church united with the Evangelical United Bretheren Church, and we became the Cary United Methodist Church.
In 1960, the Church acquired 9 acres of land on First Street and built a two-story education building known as 'Wesley Hall'. The sanctuary, fellowship hall, narthex, and office space were consecrated in February 1973.
As Cary continued to grow, Cary United Methodist Church responded once again. In 1990, a third phase allowed for a large addition, and remodeling of the existing space provided better accessibility. The new addition was consecrated in November 1992.
Cary United Methodist continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of our community, always seeking to be faithful to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. With God's help, we will continue to fulfill our mission for generations.
Cary United Methodist Church seeks to nurture Christians who respond faithfully in worship and service in all aspects of life. We invite all people to be transformed as they are inspired and challenged to: know and experience God through Jesus Christ, claim and live God's promises, and grow and serve as Christian disciples.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the people of Cary United Methodist Church strive to grow as a community of faith, reaching out to others on our journey as we seek to cultivate personal relationships with Jesus Christ and offer opportunities for worship, study, prayers, service, and missions.
Here at Cary UMC, we put our children first. We believe that a church should be a safe place for children and youth. We have developed guidelines to reduce the risk of child abuse in our community of faith, and for reporting and responding to any allegation of abuse.
Safe Sanctuaries is a plan developed and designed to guide and assist congregations as they develop their policies and procedures to reduce the risk of child abuse within their church.
View our safe sanctuary policy HERE