Our Mission Statement
We recognize that the church was commissioned to proclaim the Good News of God in Jesus Christ in the “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:19-20. And, we further recognize the responsibilities in Matthew 25:31-46 of Caring for all God’s children.
We understand and accept this mission as our reason for being and we believe this mission to be the charge of every member of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church.
Worship With Us!
We offer two service times every Sunday morning. We hope you will join us!
- 8:45am – Casual Service in Farrow Hall (breakfast items are available)
- 11:00am – Sanctuary and Online
Frequently Asked Questions
What do United Methodists believe?
As part of the global United Methodist Church, we adhere to a set of Bible-based and God inspired set of beliefs set forth by our denomination. To learn more about what we believe, CLICK HERE.
Welcome Letter from Pastor Creech
Hello and welcome to Manor Memorial United Methodist Church. We are so happy you chose to fellowship with us and to connect with others who are seeking a spiritual life with Christ and to serve in His Kingdom.
We pray your journey to us has led you to a place you can call home. A place where you can reflect on your faith journey, renew vows and commitments, and live whole and holy before our God. A place where you can find friendship and family and most especially God living among us.
Thank you for your desire to be among the people of God at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church. The life of a servant in God’s Kingdom should never be dull and boring and we pray you will never find that to be so here at Manor Memorial.
We have many great opportunities to be in ministry and to share with others. Our food pantry serves hundreds of people in our communities and requires many servants. Our benevolent committees help numerous families almost weekly. Our youth and
Sunday School programs are some of the very best and are excellent avenues for learning and growing. We pray you may find a place among us in one of these ministries or perhaps God has laid upon your heart to begin something new. We look forward to exploring those dreams together.
We strive to be a church where there is constant prayer, abundant friendships, spiritual worship and teaching and care for all God’s people. We strive to be a contagious people working to influence and lift up God’s people, one person at a time. Thank you for joining our journey.
I look forward to sharing with you in this ministry and if there is anything I can do for you, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the church office (540-740-8959) or my cell phone, call or text, (617-699-6917).
Know that God loves you and so do we! May you always be blessed and be a blessing to others. Welcome to Manor Memorial.
Rev. Stephen Creech
Where should I park?
The church has two parking lots, one adjacent to the church and one behind the church on John Sevier Road. There is also street parking in front of the church.
Which door should I enter?
Entrance to the Sanctuary and Farrow Hall are at the front of the church facing Congress Street.
Is there Sunday School?
Sunday School classes are offered. Please refer to the Ministries Tab.
Do you offer Children's Church or a Nursery?
Children’s Church is offered. The children leave the sanctuary for Children’s Church after the Children’s Message.
How do I join the church?
Please contact the Pastor discuss becoming a member of Manor Memorial.
Our Church's History
The United Methodist Church has a long and rich history in the U.S. Five years before the start of the Revolutionary War, Francis Asbury volunteered to come to America as a traveling preacher. With the start of the War, most of his fellow missionaries returned to England, but Asbury stayed in what was to become the United States.
Following the teachings of John Wesley, Asbury traveled thousands of miles helping to organize small groups who met to share the Bible and spread the word. In 1780, he met the freedman “Black Harry” Hosier. Hosier served as his driver and guide, and, though illiterate, Hosier memorized long passages of the Bible while Asbury read them aloud during their travels. He eventually became a famous preacher in his own right, the first African American to preach directly to a white congregation in the United States.
In 1784, John Wesley appointed Asbury and Thomas Coke as co-superintendents of the work in America. The Christmas Conference that year marked the beginning of the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States. For the next 32 years, Asbury led all the Methodists in America.
In 1788, William Pheobus and James Riggin were appointed as travelling ministers for our area of the Shenandoah Valley. They mostly traveled by horseback or drove buggies organizing small meeting groups and developing churches in the area. Starting with these two, over the next 227 years 170 pastors served New Market Methodists.
The Church, the Parsonage and Church Names
The first record of any building is found in the Martin’s Gazetteer, published in Charlottesville on 1831. It tells of a log church located somewhere near the home of Mrs. Homer Bushong on what is now Lee Street.
- In 1845 in a dispute between the North and South Episcopal Methodist Churches, the southern churches took the name Methodist Episcopal Church South. The book of discipline was changed in the 1840’s to make slave owning punishable by removal from the church. This was generally disregarded, but the rift eventually became such that the churches divided into MEC North and MEC South.
- In 1857, the trustees purchased land on Congress Street from Andrew and Jane Sprecker to build a new church. This church has been remodeled and built onto over 150 years.
- In 1861, the church purchased a bell which still rings today.
- In 1888, the church purchased the Southern Part of Lot 43 for a parsonage from the Littell farm. In 1912, they moved the home on the lot back from the street and essentially re-built a new parsonage.
- In 1896, A.C. Steptoe moved to Asbury Methodist Church in New Market as the new pastor.
- In 1931, the church was remodeled, adding brick veneer, and an educational building (Manor Hall) was added to the rear of the church. The church was renamed Manor Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in honor of Mrs. Annie Manor
- In 1939, Church name changed to Manor Memorial Methodist Church when Union of North and South churches took place. The New Market Circuit included Broadway, Lacey Springs, Pleasant View, and Glasses Churches
- In 1958, Farrow Hall built on two pieces of land purchased from B.F. White
- In 1965, the Asbury Methodist church in New Market and the Calvary Methodist Church in Mt .Jackson were merged with Manor Memorial.
- In 1968, the name was changed to the current name when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged and we became Manor Memorial United Methodist Church
1972: The new parsonage was built next to the church on land which originally had been the New Market Female Seminary, whose principal was Mrs. Jesse Rupert of Civil War fame as a Union sympathizer and which later became the home of Mrs. Mary Williamson who also ran a school for young ladies.
2004: Renovation of Farrow Hall
Where Did Those Names Come From and Who Are Those People
Manor Memorial Church and Manor Hall was named after Annie Manor who moved to New Market in 1888 and married James D. Manor. They lived at and ran Manor Mill, later she moved to a brick residence on Congress Street. She lost her two children within a year in 1917 and 1918. Her husband passed in 1926. Mrs. Manor devoted much of her energy and money to the church. There are many stories of her generosity. She paid at least two of the insurance premiums each year because the church didn’t have the finances. She hosted the church council at her home because she wanted to know what was going on. When the treasurer’s report was read she often pulled out her wallet and made up the difference. One church minutes showed that at one meeting the church had $6.00 is bills and $.23 in the treasury.
Farrow Hall was named after George Thomas Farrow, known to most as Tom. Mr. Farrow was born April 16, 1888 and became a member of Manor Memorial on March 2, 1941. He served in many capacities in the church. He was the first Chairman of the Building Plans Committee for the 1958 Education Building. Shortly before the actual construction began he passed away. The Official Board of the church decided to name the fellowship hall as the G.T. Farrow Fellowship Hall.
Stained Glass Window – Harriet Littell
On the 7th day of May, 1888, Harriet Littell was one of the heirs who deeded the property on the west side of Congress Street (todays 9309 Congress Street) to the church. Her father, F.H. Littell, during his lifetime, had made it well known that he wished the property was sold to the Church for use as a parsonage, but the original deed was lost or mislaid at Woodstock and never recorded. There was a house on the property which we assume was used as a parsonage, up until that house was moved back on the property and a new parsonage built.
Miss Harriet was born in New Market on July 13, 1804 and died at her home (where Farrell Hall stands today) on February 20, 1892 in her 88th year. She joined the church in 1827 and was involved in the erection of the new Methodist Church in 1857. She ran a boarding house for years.
Miss. Littell was the first president of the Women’s Memorial Society of New Market that pays tribute to those VMI boys killed in the Battle of New Market. One of our church stained glass windows is dedicated to Miss. Littell by her niece Eliza Pence
The New Market Food Pantry was started by Lil Hughes.
New Market Horse is Church Attendant by Bill Garrard April 29, 1954: A horse goes to church here every Sunday, except in cold weather. The horse is well behaved, doesn’t make a noise, seems to enjoy the service and doesn’t sleep during the sermons. The church is Asbury Memorial Methodist Church in New Market. It is a white clapboard structure with a belfry, 75 years old, on Cadet Road. It seated 100 people.
The horses owner, William Roadcap, moved the horse in the winter so he could not attend church, but as soon as the weather was warm Felix returned to his window view of the church and the folks inside.