In 1822, Benjamin Tufts and his children (three sons and three daughters) came to Maineville from Maine. Sarah Tufts Latham, one of Benjamin’s daughters, formed a testimonial class of 9 women and 2 men in that same year. Meetings were originally held in homes of the members.
In 1842, the Methodists of the community of Maineville formed their first society. The church building was built in 1844 and was named Smith’s Chapel in honor of Reverend Moses Smith, an early circuit rider who served the church.
In the early days of our church, circuit riders and other church officials came here to preach. There was no regular minister until Reverend C. T. Crum in 1877.
The church had two entry doors – one for men and one for women. Men sat on one side of the church and women on the other. Early church discipline did not allow them to sit together. The church was lighted by oil lamps. One early photograph shows a hitching rail out front.
Sunday services were lengthy and extended into the afternoon. Once church service began, the doors were locked and no one was permitted entry. There was no church organ or piano until 1869. The Ladies Aid Society was organized in approximately 1880.
Sunday School classes were first organized in 1915, and they called themselves “The Beginners.” The belfry and bell were added in 1925.
Maineville UMC celebrated our centennial in 1944. Church service started at 9:30 with a dinner following at noon. We also had a program showing the progress of our church from beginning to then present day. There were over 300 in attendance.
An addition was made to the West side of the original church building in 1950 (shown above), and to the East side in 1956. The parsonage was built in the late 1950’s.
Our sesquicentennial (150th) was celebrated in 1994, with a rededication service taking place on October 2nd.
The Maineville United Methodist Church building has been well-maintained, renovated, and continues to serve proudly today.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance
taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.