Located at 8492 Peaks Road in Hanover County (the intersection of Peaks and Stumpy Roads), minutes from neighborhoods like Kings Charter, Foxhead, Ashcreek, and Milestone, Lebanon United Methodist Church is a community church offering many opportunities for individuals and families to grow in their faith. Worship, education, fellowship and missions are the building blocks that make Lebanon an active part of this community.
Our story begins at least as early as 1828 when a Methodist Society held regular meetings in Slash Church, then shared by several denominations. In 1842 the Methodists thought it best to have a church building of their own and purchased one and one-half acres of land for the grand sum of $15. A house of worship was dedicated in 1844, but was destroyed by fire in 1851. The members then worshipped under a brush arbor until 1860 when the current historic sanctuary that we now know as the Chapel was erected. As the congregation grew, the Wesley Building (now the Youth Center) was added in 1956 where most of the Sunday school classes were held.
After many years of being part of a multiple church charge, in 1966 Lebanon was made a station church and a parsonage was built across the road. A new brick annex was completed in 1976 containing a fellowship hall that doubled as a dining and classroom area, a kitchen and two restrooms.
With time the community around Lebanon changed from predominately rural to suburban, and the church, looking for new and expanded ways to minister to the rapidly growing population, accepted the challenge of a major expansion of the church facilities. Land was purchased in 1995 and the addition, including a sanctuary, gathering area, nursery, children’s classrooms, choir room, library and offices, was consecrated on November 17, 2002.
Lebanon enjoys a rich heritage and a vibrant present, and looks forward to an exciting future of ministry. While maintaining the friendliness and caring of our rural roots, we have accepted the challenges of our contemporary age in finding ever new and better ways to carry the timeless story of the love of God through Jesus Christ to each new generation.
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