Connecting Christ to People Through Love
The vision for the church incorporates such things as growing and active children and youth programs (the foundation for growth in the membership); active involvement of parents and families; increased diversity and inclusiveness; continued outreach programs to help the community; and an engaged congregation beyond just Sunday service.
1961 – The Sarasota District purchased the property at 2701 Airport Road. Rev. Walter Jessup, minister at First Methodist has a dream for an East Naples United Methodist Church and set to make the dream a reality.
1963 – Sept. 8 Church school classes were held in the Public Health Building on the Court House grounds by a group of 20 members. Mrs. Sidney (Mary) Griffin was the superintendent and organizer of the church school.
1965 – In January the first service was conducted by Rev. Robert Foxworthy, a lay pastor from Ft. Myers. The church was officially chartered with 44 members in June. Services continued at the Public Health Center. Property was purchased for the nominal fee of $6100.
1966 – Oct. 23 The first sanctuary was consecrated by Dr. Lewis N. Head, District Superintendent of the Sarasota District. This included a Chapel-Fellowship Hall (now Elsey Hall).
1972 - The Education Building was constructed to house the Sunday School classes and later a Learning Center was organized to serve the community.
1974 – The Bargain Nook started as the first thrift shop in Naples located on the second floor of the Education Building.
1976 – Day Care Center opens with the encouragement of Pastor Harold Brown. This later becomes The Learning Center we have today.
1978 – March 26 - Easter Sunday, the first service in the new sanctuary
was led by Harold Brown.
1980 – The Hispanic Ministry began
1986 – The Bargain Nook moved from the Education Building into a special room that was added to Elsey Hall.
1987 – Chapel, offices and choir room were added to the existing sanctuary.
1998 – The gazebo was built to house fellowship in between services. It is now a part of the Memorial Garden.
1999 – Playground dedicated.
2000 – The new Fellowship Hall was built with Pastor David Woerner serving as the contractor. Elsey Hall was renovated to include three classrooms, an office and the Bargain Nook.
2001 – Jan. 28 New Fellowship Hall was dedicated.
2002 – Nov. 17 Dedication concert for new Allen Renaissance Organ.
2003 – Jan. 26 David and Margaret Woerner Memorial Garden was dedicated.
2007 – Exterior and interior renovations began.
2010 – New carpet and pews, completed renovations.