History of Bethia
Today, as the Bethia United Methodist Church family stands on the brink of great things, we are inspired with the records of the past and our hopes for a fruitful future. In the last quarter of the 19th century, the area of western Chesterfield County at the present intersection of Beach and Winterpock Roads was a thriving community of coal mines, farms, sawmills and railroads. In 1885 a letter was sent to Rev. H.G. Cowan, a minister serving the Hallsborough Charge (located in the present vicinity of Midlothian Turnpike and Huguenot Road), requesting that he help several families form a Methodist Protestant Church in the Winterpock area.
On November 16, 1886, Rev. Cowan and the Rev. S. C. Orhum formally organized the Bethia Methodist Protestant Church. In March, 2010, Bethia opened its doors to a brand new social hall, gymnasium, state of the art kitchen and two floors of classrooms and meeting space. Progress is our legacy and with God’s help, we will approach future expansion (sanctuary) projects with courage, trusting in the One who has brought us this far!
BETHIA 101 Membership Luncheon Class
What is expected during this Membership Luncheon?
To enjoy lunch with fellow Christians as you learn of the ministries and history of Bethia United Methodist Church. While enjoying lunch; learn about UMC History, Beliefs, 130 years of Bethia United Methodist Church History, our Programs, and Ministries. After the luncheon, you are not required to join but we know that you will feel at ‘home’ and we hope that God will move you to join us on the incredible journey of following Christ.
Why is it important to be a member of the church?
The church is not a building. The church is the people of God. It is a community who are called by God and have joined together to be the hands and feet of Jesus. God has blessed you with many gifts and talents as you bless others through Christ’s church. As a church, we also make a commitment to you. We commit to help you grow in Grace-a relationship with Jesus. To reveal God’s Word through worship, study, and example. To care, serve and pray for you as you grow in your journey with God.