Our History

Quaker Meeting HouseOne acre of ground was deeded in 1779 for the establishment of a church and the burial of the dead.  The stone meeting house was built and Quaker services were held until after the Civil War when the church was passed on to the Methodists.  The original stone structure had deteriorated and was removed in 1910.

Arden UMC 1980An educational wing was built on the west side in 1957 to provide a fellowship hall and Sunday School rooms.  A disastrous fire caused extensive damage to the church on the night of Palm Sunday 1979.  The rebuilding process brought a new room for educational purposes and eventually the complete restoration of the sanctuary.  In 2006, after a long  fund raising and planning process, the new Family Life Center was opened.  Now the home of athletic events, dinners, meetings and various other fellowship programs the center has been a wonderful addition to the church and community.

Arden UMC todayNestled in Berkeley County orchard country for nearly 230 years, the Arden United Methodist Church family prays together, plays together and experiences mission together.  We offer an active program throughout the year which invites everyone to participate.  We welcome others to join our church family in worship every Sunday.  As we work together, we will help make Christ’s spirit more alive in our community and world.  Being a servant church is not an easy task.  We need  everyone’s willing spirit to help us be of better service.