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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
112 West Broad Street
Blue Springs, NE 68318
(402) 645-3244


Worship
Sundays 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Blue Springs
Community Sunday School Program
Sundays 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
September - May
(A community Sunday School
open to all kids age 3-8th grade)




Annual Blue Springs
United Methodist Church Bazaar
October 2016




Summer Vacation Bible School

 

OUR HERITAGE

While we now bear the name United Methodist - and the first church in Blue Springs was established and built by the Methodists in 1857, our roots go back to the Evangelical Association and the United Brethren in Christ. Both of these denominations saw the need to serve their people who were rapidly moving westward. To do this, circuit riding preachers or missionaries were sent by both Conferences in the late 1860s, 70s and early 80s.

The Kansas Conference of the Evangelical Association established a Circuit between Hiawatha, Kansas and Swanton, Nebraska with meeting places in schoolhouses or homes of people who eagerly awaited these visits and God's messages. The first recorded meeting dated March 1870 was held in the dugout schoolhouse of District 35, three miles northwest of Blue Springs. Members of this first Blue Springs Class: Solomon Harpster, Judith Harpster, Louise Harpster, J.W. Smith, Catherine Smith and Mrs. M.J. Headings.

In March of 1877 a Class was organized in Blue Springs with services held in the original schoolhouse. In 1877 this Class began building operations for a church of their own. This church was a rectangular structure 32 x 50 ft with a pulpit and altar in the north end and a door in the south end where a double window now hangs. In 1888 the door was closed and an entry and belfry was constructed at the southeast side of the building. In 1903 the large double Memorial Windows were provided by individuals and organizations. The single stained glass windows were installed throughout the next decade.

A Union Sunday School was organized in December of 1877, with its first meeting held on the first Sunday of January 1878. The Evangelical Woman's Missionary Society was organized in 1878.

Through the late 1800s Conference boundaries changed and by 1897 Blue Springs became part of the Platte River Nebraska Conference. This Blue Springs charge consisted of two classes, one in town and one in the country east of town.

The country charge met in the Union Hall seven miles east of Blue Springs. It was organized in 1890 and in 1899 this group built a church on the crown of a hill one mile west of the Union Hall. Since the hill reminded all of the Scripture stories of Mount Zion, the little church and the hill were named Zion. Through the next 50 years the town church and the country church served as sister churches, often sharing a minister in hard economic times. In 1954, Zion Evangelical Church closed its doors for the last time and the congregation joined the Blue Springs Church.

The United Brethren work also began with circuit riders, one of the first groups met at the Kier School house (District 96) south of Wymore. A church was built about 6 miles south of Wymore in 1892 and dedicated as the Zion United Brethren in January 1893. Groups also met in the Sicily area west of Wymore. A commodious church was built in 1881-82 where the tennis courts now occupy space in Blue Springs Park. The United Brethren merged with the Evangelical Association in 1946 to become the Ebenezer Evangelical United Brethren.

In 1968 the United Evangelical Conference and the Nebraska Methodist Conference merged and took the name of the Nebraska Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Bottom photos - Zion Evangelical, Ebenezer Evangelical about 1910,
Methodist (today), United Brethren