The members of Providence United Methodist Church invite you to join us each Sunday at 9 a.m. for Sunday School and at 10 a.m. for worship. The church is located at 32200 Jimmy Faulkner Drive (Hwy. 181) in Spanish Fort, between Spanish Fort High School and Spanish Fort Middle School.
Dress ranges from casual to coat-and-tie. Worship style is traditional, with a lot of laughter. A nursery is provided during Sunday School and worship. Providence has been designated "A Church for All God's Children" in recognition of providing a safe and nurturing environment for children of all ages. A youth program for middle and high school students is offered each Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m.
OUR MISSION: Providence Church is a community of faith whose purpose is to make committed disciples of Jesus Christ and to share God's love in the community.
OUR VISION: Trusting in God's faithfulness, Providence Church is called to be a Christ-centered congregation committed to spiritual growth through traditional worship and Christian education. As disciples of Christ, we serve through missions, outreach and evangelism
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ProvidenceUnitedMethodistChurch began as a small group of people felt led by God to start a new church. They believed that God was providing them a great opportunity to come together for a common goal: to worship Him, to love and support one another, and to demonstrate God's love to the community through their time, talents, gifts, service and witness.
Missions as an expression of Christ's love was a top priority. During initial organizational meetings in May and June 2002, participants had donated $228 to cover the expenses of renting meeting rooms. On June 19, 2002, the group decided to follow God's leading and meet the following Sunday for worship. They agreed to offer $100 to Dr. John Deloney to rent David's Catfish Restaurant, where they would hold the first worship service. (Dr. John, who was not at that meeting, later declined the offer and generously offered to open the doors of his restaurant each Sunday at no charge.) The remaining $128 was sent to a Spanish Fort family who had lost their home in a fire the week before.
It was on this note that 34 adults and 21 children gathered at a catfish restaurant on Sunday, June 23, 2002, to worship. That first service opened with the singing of "How Great Thou Art." Other hymns included "The Church's One Foundation," and "Be Thou My Vision." The Old Testament scripture lesson was 2 Chronicles 7: 14-15, while the New Testament lesson was Philippians 4:4-7. The meditation, offered by Rhonda Woodson, was entitled "Power of Prayer."
In the beginning, the congregation had no name, no pastor and was not affiliated with a denomination. The name "Providence" was suggested by Robin Montgomery and approved unanimously on Sunday, June 30, 2002. The name "Providence" means "looking to, or preparation for the future...benevolent guidance of God." Because most of the members came from the United Methodist tradition, it was decided to seek affiliation as a United Methodist church. As the congregation worked through the lengthy affiliation process, adults and youth in the congregation offered meditations in lieu of sermons.
Soon, a group of retired United Methodist pastors helped the fledgling congregation by preaching and offering pastoral services as needed. These pastors, affectionately called "honorary Catfishians," include the Revs. Marcus Smith, John Couey, Langdon Garrison, Edwin Sells, Thomas Lane Butts, Warren G. Booker Jr., Ken Bishop, and Hal Threadcraft. Later, the congregation was also served by the Revs. Paul Nixon, Doug Williams and Bishop Larry M. Goodpastor.
In April 2003, the church received good news...the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the UnitedMethodistChurch was appointing a pastor! The Rev. Bob Sweet preached his first sermon for Providence at David's Catfish Restaurant on Sunday, June 15, 2003. On Sunday, July 13, 2003, Providence was chartered as a United Methodist church. This first service as a United Methodist church was held in the church's new home, a rented office building 9543 Stagecoach Road in Spanish Fort. A total of 145 people -- 118 adults and 27 children -- were listed as charter members.
On Sunday, February 8, 2009, more than 300 people worshipped together in Providence’s new $2.8 million building on 32200 Jimmy Faulkner Drive in Spanish Fort. The Rev. Bob Sweet led the service in the new church building, celebrated Holy Communion, and baptized 4 ½-month-old Samuel Roger Wilder, son of Elizabeth and Kelly Wilder. Total membership stood at 280.
From these beginnings, Providence UMC continues to serve. Our mission statement says it simply: "ProvidenceChurch is a community of faith whose purpose is to make committed disciples of Jesus Christ and to share God's love in this community and beyond."
We invite you to be a part of this growing congregation as we worship, learn and serve together.