St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Monday, December 11, 2017
Bringing the Power of Christ to the World

1974 - PRESENT

1974 was the centennial year for the church building and the sesquicentennial anniversary of the congregation. The celebration began with a pot-luck supper, old fashioned dishes, dress, and antique displays. The Edison chandelier was cleaned, polished and rededicated. The church membership was 611 with an average weekly attendance of 211. There were 147 members of the church school.

In 1980, a mid-week Christian Education program for children in preschool through junior high, simply called Youth Club, was started. This program allowed the church to reach children both from the congregation and the greater community. The program met on Wednesday evenings and provided dinner, crafts, games, mission opportunities, music and a Bible class. Youth Club proved very successful and still meets weekly on Wednesday nights from October through February.
 
In 1985, St. Paul’s was designated as a Historic Site of the United Methodist Church. This designation was made based on several considerations: The St. Paul’s Congregation was the first protestant religious body formally organized in Tiffin, two pastors who served the church were later elected to the office of Bishop, four sessions of the North Ohio Annual Conference and one session of the Michigan Annual Conference were hosted by St. Paul’s and the fact that St. Paul’s was the first building in the world to be wired for electricity at the time of its construction. A day of celebration was held on February 17, 1985 and a plaque was added to the front of the church building.
 
 
In 1986, the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen was formed. It sought to provide meals to the hungry in Tiffin and Seneca County. Donations of food and other items were received from many sources. Many area churches and organizations help serve in the kitchen, as well. This program continues to serve meals every week on Mondays and Thursdays and the third Saturday of each month.
 
Volunteers Serve Meals at the Sharing Kitchen in 1986
 
A new parsonage was purchased on Lelar Street in 1986. The former parsonage, located next to the church, becomes the home of Patchworks house, an organization that provides services to families in crisis.
 
In 1999, a new sound and video system was installed in the sanctuary. This allowed for greater flexibility with microphones, as well as the capability of projecting video during services. Audio and video recording of services also became possible. This system was dedicated on November 21, 1999 in memory of Helen Bean.
 
The sound board and video equipment Installed in 1999, in memory of Helen Bean
 
A contemporary worship service, called The Light began in September 2000. It included a worship experience with more multi-media elements and the music was provided by a newly-formed praise band. The contemporary services continued until March 2009, when a more blended form of service was adopted.
 
In 2001, the church received an Ohio Historical Marker for its early electric illumination. This was dedicated on November 4, 2001.
 
 
In 2010, property at the corner of Monroe and Madison Streets (next to Patchworks House) was purchased. It has been used as green space for outside worship services and recreation during Vacation Bible School. An  illuminated sign was placed on this corner in 2012, giving the church greater visibility.