About Us

The Foundations of First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church was founded in the belief that communities must learn to help themselves. Our work is founded on the following  pillars of faith:


  • A duty to reach out to the less fortunate
  • An obligation to lead by example
  • An all-inclusive approach: We help everyone regardless of their religious beliefs
  • Acceptance of the fact that we, too, may someday require assistance in our time of need

Our History


The early citizens, from which this church drew its membership, dwelt in the fork section of the Pee Dee and Rocky Rivers. Early settlers began having preaching services under a brush arbor. Similar to the one shown to the left. The first church building was built along about 1820. It was built of long logs with a chimney at one end and the pulpit at the other, with hand-made benches and other furniture.

 This is a picture of the  church building  built in 1834 . The community was called Center, until 1892 and it was changed to Norwood. This building was used until 1882, then moved back 100 feet to make room for a new building. This building was used as a school.

In 1882, this building was built by building contractor , Frank Ivey. The beautiful curved beam ceiling was the talk of the countryside. Builders and engineers came from far and near to see it. Yet in the beginning there developed considerable controversy in respect to the soundness of the idea of a curved beam ceiling.

In 1916, the church was remodeled and brick veneered.

Additions included:

The Hut in 1946

The Parsonage was built in 1951

 Educational Department in 1956

Contact Us

First United Methodist Church

208 Pee Dee Ave

Po Box 948

Norwood, NC 28128


Phone:  704-474-4160

Parsonage : 704-459-0280


 Email:  norwoodumcoffice@windstream.net


Calendar of Events




Homecoming September 15 &16

Hurricane Florence may change some or all of the schedule.

 Saturday Schedule  5-5:45pm— Music in the Sanctuary

6:00pm —BBQ and all the trimmings at the picnic area.— Games —Corn hole will be set-up behind the bus garage. —

Kids games — Sing along— Bring your guitar and we will have a great evening of fellowship.

Sunday Schedule —9:30am— Sunday School—10:30am —Combined Worship Service — Rev. Steve Autrey will be the guest speaker.—12 noon— Homecoming covered dish meal in the Fellowship Hall.









Prayer Group   meets Tuesday at 10:00am in the church parlor. We gather to remember the needs of our church, our families, our community, and our world, and to thank God for all our blessings. “True, whole prayer is nothing but love.”—St. Augustine




WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY  each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.




United Methodist Men meeting 4th Sunday of each at 7:30am


Mission /Outreach

 Pastors Pantry

Needs: Non perisable quick to fix food items.


Esther House (Local Domestic Violence Shelter) Needs: Canned food, paper products, toiletries, cleaning, &  laundry supplies.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Stanly County (PRC)  Needs: New born size diapers, baby wipes, & infant baby formula.




 Sunday School for all ages 10:00am

Worship Services: Sundays at 8:45am & 11:00am

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