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@gmail.com


Calendar of Events


Homecoming will be September 15th. We will have 1 service at 10am. You don't want to miss it. Rev. Steve Autrey will be our guest speaker. 






Mission /Outreach


The SCCM Food Challenge 


Requested items for the September SCCM Food Challenge are breakfast

items such as cereal, oatmeal, grits, breakfast bars, and fruit cups.

  Powdered or small bottles of laundry detergent are currently in great demand.   Other food items would also be gratefully accepted. We will deliver

all donations to the Norwood Food Pantry.    

Any nonperishable food items are always accepted.





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






 United Methodist Women meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Faithful Circle at 1:30pm and Sisters With A Purpose Circle at 6:30pm


United Methodist Men meeting 4th Sunday of each at 7:30am Next meeting will be August 25th.



 Fellowship Meal

3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm. Donation of $6 per plate, please sign-up if you plan to attend.







 Sunday School for all ages 10:00am

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

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