I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 

REVERENCE FOR THE PAST:  VISION FOR THE FUTURE

 Wahoo Indians, dirt floors, a stick chimney, and hand-made pews. All have played a role in our church’s rich heritage. Organized during the 1830’s, New Hope United Methodist is probably the oldest church in Citrus County and one of the oldest Methodist Church describing early buildings and the interactions with the Wahoo to modern day. active churches in Florida.

 Our first building was made of logs with the earth used as our floor. Within its walls a pioneer community’s needs were met: a school, a town-hall meeting place, and a fortress against Wahoo Indians were all part of New Hope’s beginnings. The log building burned and was replaced by another, this time with a rough-hewn puncheon floor, a stick chimney, and a cistern outside. Back then circuit riders preached the Word to a congregation that came on foot, horse, or wagon from as far away as Crystal River.

  During this era (1851), J.H. Miley deeded five acres to our church, then called Methodist Episcopal Church South, “in consideration of the love I bear for the cause of Christ.” His action took New Hope off government land forever. Five years later a “modern” frame structure replaced the 2nd log building and finally, in 1940, our present church was erected using much of the lumber from that 1886 structure. The old handmade wooden pews you see in the back, as well as the parson’s bench and pulpit, also came from the late 1800’s. 

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NEW HOPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

We are a small and friendly rural church with 185+ years of history. Put us in your GPS at 12725 South Istachatta Rd., Floral City and have a wonderful, relaxed ride through beautiful rural farmland.  If you don’t want to drive, come by bike or horse (and buggy).   We are on the bike trail and we have a hitching post. Plan to visit our service at 9:00 AM and then join us for a fellowship breakfast in our church hall.

There is a hitching post outback, in the shade,  for horses.  Take off the harness, make them comfortable then join us for the service.

 

 The horses won’t mind so plan to stay for a great breakfast every Sunday in our community hall.

EARLY CHURCH

There are very few early pictures or early-written history of the church.  This is a picture of our second church.  This building was torn down and parts used to construct our present church.

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