Making new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
To love all people like Jesus loves, build Christ-centered community and serve others in a way that welcomes them into God’s kingdom.
First Methodist Burnet is a local church in the Global Methodist Church.
A Bit of History…
In 1939, the different Methodist churches of the United States became one – now United Methodist Church. In the summer months during the 1940’s and 1950’s, revival meetings would be held. Evangelists from other towns would come and sometimes the meetings would last over a week. Many new members were brought into the church during these revivals.
In the summer of 1952, evening church services were held outside. The congregation would gather under the large trees at the side of the church. A piano would be rolled out and everyone would sing, worship the Lord, and be bit by mosquitoes. Sunday Schools of the 1950’s and early 1960’s were a bit different from our classes today. One difference was that there were many more children than we have today. Another difference is that the church did not have any mixed adult classes. The older women had a class, the younger women had a class, and the men had a class. The men’s class was referred to as the coffee class, but they should have been referred to as the kitchen class. Except for warm days when they met under the oaks in front of the parsonage on Main, the men’s class always met in the kitchen. They met in the kitchen when it was located in the sanctuary building and was part of the office, they met in the kitchen in the Education Building, and they met in the kitchen of the little white house that was bought for extra Sunday School rooms. The youth of the church were active in the 1950’s. As in any time, membership in M.Y.F. went up and down, but when active the M.Y.F. had programs and participated at conferences. Major Earl Higginbotham, who was Sunday School superintendent for a time, taught Sunday School and planned many activities for the youth in the church. He would plan parties for the young people at his home on the lake. They would have picnics, take boat rides, and have devotionals. At Christmas time, Major Higginbotham would plan Christmas parties and would have games and activities that would get the entire congregation involved. Another individual that was very active in bringing God’s word to the youth was Mrs. H.B. Duncan.
In 1960, it was decided that the church on North Main could use a facelift. Central air conditioning was installed, repairs were made, and those beautiful stained-glass windows were installed. Each window was a memorial paid for by church members. The choir loft was made larger at this time as well. The work on the church was done mainly by church members, as had been the case when the Education Building and the parsonage were built.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the younger members of the church were very involved in activities within the church. Instead of M.Y.F., there was an organization called B.U.M.C.Y., which stands for Burnet United Movement of Christian Youth. Young people from several area churches would meet together and have devotionals, go on trips, and worship the Lord. B.U.M.C. Y. met at different churches each Sunday. They even published a newspaper that was sold at the schools to raise money for the organization. Gordon Roe, Methodist pastor from 1966-1970, was very involved with the young people of his congregation. Retreats were attended at Mt. Wesley every year by youth from our church and from other churches. Jann Barnett recalls that almost every social, as well as Christian, activity that she and her friends took part in was within the church. Throughout the 1970’s and up to today, many people have put time, energy and love into leading the youth of the church in M.Y.F. as well as in other ways. Although everyone who was part of youth leadership over the last 15-20 years cannot be named, some of these people were Evelyn Johnston, Les and Barbara Ware, Alan Watts, Stirling McCullough, Jim and Linda Dyke, and Lynda Jackson. So many more individuals could be named and should be, but even though some people were not named, they were, and are, very important to the church and the young people they led.