Although Fort Hill United Methodist Church began in 1899, services were not always held in the current building. In May of 1953, a fund-raising campaign began for a new Church Sanctuary. The first service in the new Sanctuary was held on March 10, 1955. That Sanctuary is still in use today.
The Fort Hill United Methodist Church Sanctuary is used for worship services, communion, weddings, baptisms, funerals, special music events and more. The congregation that worships in the Fort Hill UMC church building are welcoming, loving, and consider three main principles: Connecting people with a living God and a community of believers, Growing as followers of Jesus Christ, and Serving out of love for God and based to our individual gifts.
The Sanctuary building includes 8 amazing stained-glass windows that depict scenes from the life of Jesus. Each window is made up of colorful and detailed sections of glass put together in a way to reveal a picture of Jesus’s life. In the morning, when the sun is hitting the building the windows are truly a sight to behold for those in the Sanctuary. Although these are not the only stained-glass windows in the church, they are the most prominent. We invite you to walk around the church building to view and enjoy the beauty of these windows.
An impressively large and colorful stained-glass window of Jesus as Shephard holding a lamb and staff blesses the wall right behind the choir area. There is quite a lot to examine in this window and the smaller accent windows surrounding it. From the amazing range of colors in the sky to the detailed plants to the wool on the sheep, there is fine art and craftmanship to admire.
Visit us Fort Hill UMC for a church service on Sundays or come examine the beautiful Church Sanctuary on another day. We look forward to seeing you.
The Good Shephard
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
The Divine Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
Jesus in Manger
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.