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Providence United Methodist Church in Montross: Then and now

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 10:28 am

The young adults of Providence United Methodist Church.

The young adults of Providence United Methodist Church.

Providence United Methodist Church on Stratford Hall Road in Montross is one of the most architecturally unique churches in the Northern Neck area.  The entire interior of the church is done in natural stained wainscoting. The craftsmen of the early part of the century left lovely work for all future generations to enjoy.

Built in 1858, this historic church creates a connection to the past and a vision for the future. Several events scheduled in the near future – the early part of August – will showcase Providence to the public.

On Sunday, August 2nd at 11:00 am, Providence will be celebrating its 62nd annual Homecoming.  Pastor Robb Almy will be the guest speaker for the day and you can expect an old-fashioned Homecoming filled with the traditions of the Northern Neck and Christian love.  In true Providence style, immediately following the morning worship service, there will be a covered-dish dinner at the Annex. There will be games for the children.

Wrapping up the first week of August will be a Luau Dinner and Elvis Impersonator Contest on Saturday, August 8.  Portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Westmoreland County Fire Department, Stratford Hall Firehouse No. 7.  Dinner will be served from 5-7 and Elvis Impersonator Contest is at 7:30.  Music themed on “Blue Hawaii” will be played 7-9 pm.  For more information on this event contact Carol Ann Gibson 240-271-9707 or Ruth Packett 804-493-8230.

On the following week, Monday, August 10th through Friday, August 14th, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm children under the age of 12 are invited to participate in Vacation Bible School.  The children will start off at the Annex with a light meal and then proceed to the Church where VBS will be held. Parents, grandparents and friends are asked to attend Friday evening’s program to hear the joys of the children and what they have learned.

Historic places inspire connections to our heritage; seeing the craftsmanship, appreciating the efforts of those who built Providence UMC, provides the current members of Providence with a strong sense of identity. Providence hopes to provide the community with a church that reaches out into the neighborhood and beyond. Its future consists of a focus on assisting those in need, outreach by mission work with the Montross Food Bank, raising money for malaria nets, and not forgetting our neighbors right here in Westmoreland County.