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8, 9 and 11am

Sunday School

for all ages 10:00 am

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Dave and Carolyn Williamson


Jim Walker

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About Grace United Methodist of St. Augustine

Public tours

Conducted mid-week through Saturday.

We are identified as station #8 on the historic tour.

Grace United Methodist Church of St. Augustine FL began in the parlors of the Old Florida House Hotel.  George Atkins, from Asbury Park, New Jersey, came to St. Augustine, and was instrumental in organizing a Methodist Episcopal Church founded in 1881. The small congregation met in various locations over the next three years.

During the winter of 1884, construction of the “Olivet Methodist Episcopal Church” building had progressed to the point that the congregation held services in the new building.  Pews were made from construction material spread between nail kegs, and the windows were covered with muslin. The building was constructed on the corner of Tolomato (now known as Cordova St.) and King Streets in St. Augustine FL, on land that was later needed for the plans of Henry M. Flagler.

Mr. Flagler had started construction on the Ponce de Leon Hotel and envisioned a courtyard surrounded by three of his hotels. To accomplish that vision he needed the land where the Olivet Church stood. In 1886, he made a proposal to the trustees to donate the land on the corner of Carrera and Cordova streets and to build a church and parsonage on that site in exchange for the Olivet church land and building. The proposal was accepted and construction started in 1886.

The buildings were designed by Carrere and Hastings and erected by McGuire and McDonald, the same architects and contractors that planned and built the Flagler hotels and Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church, thus forming one of the most impressive, cohesive architectural complexes in the nineteenth century America.

Grace Church has remained a vital congregation for well over a hundred years, sustained in its witness to this day by many dedicated men and women.  Among distinguished members of Grace Church is the family of H.W. Davis, who served as Sunday School Superintendent for fifty years.  His daughter, Dr. Wilma E. Davis (1890-1992) was baptized at Grace and became the first woman ordained an Elder  (1929) in the St. Johns River Conference of the Methodist Church, antecedent of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.


                Grace United Methodist Church, 8 Carrera Street, St. Augustine FL 32084


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