San Felipe UMC 175th Anniversary to be Celebrated with Colonial Heritage Day


San Felipe UMC has much to celebrate at a special all-day event on November 3. Designated as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1964, San Felipe UMC in the Southwest District contains historical records that show Methodism has roots in the tiny historic town dating back more than 185 years.


The Fellowship Hall of the church once housed the first school in San Felipe, Tx, and the current church building houses the oldest Sunday School organization in Texas and the oldest Protestant church in Texas. “In conjunction with the birthday of Stephen F. Austin,” says event coordinator Kim Waldrop, “we will have events at the park throughout the day including costumed interpreters, guest speakers, book signings, and games related to colonial history for the entire family to enjoy.”


A country store featuring handmade crafts and baked items and historical items on display will also set the scene for an afternoon silent auction designated to raise funds for church restoration. The church will host a brief dedication service at 1 p.m. in recognition of 175 years of worship services in its historic building, made of hand-planed lumber.


Following the service, attendees will enjoy music and refreshments. “The church has had 52 ministers to this day,” says current pastor Reverend Grace Weber Baldwin. For more information or meal tickets call Kim Waldrop at 979-885-4631.