History of Maynard Avenue UMC
Maynard Avenue UMC was chartered with 41 members in 1909 as Grace Methodist Protestant Church. For several months, services were held in a house on Indianola Avenue. When it became too crowded, a tent was erected on what is now the church parking lot. The first pastor was Samuel Heininger of Indiana. His work was blessed and the young congregation grew rapidly as leaders in the community.
The first part of the church building was constructed in 1910, and in 1914 it was remodeled and enlarged. Work began in 1926 on the present form of our building. The parsonage across the street was completed in 1922. Maynard Avenue UMC was well known for our food booth at the Ohio State Fair. The booth was in operation each year since 1916, except during WW II when the fair was canceled. What started with homemade soup by the Women’s Society grew to a full-scale grill and restaurant staffed by dozens of volunteers. As the longest running fair booth, we served our community for 97 years.
Throughout the years, our music ministry has flourished with choral, organ, piano, bells, drums and many other instruments to enhance our worship experience.
Over 10 years ago, Maynard Ave UMC became a reconciling congregation welcoming the LGBTQA community. Maynard Ave UMC was the first church to march in the Columbus Pride Parade which opened the door to other churches participating.
Our past has been a stepping stone to our future. We are called to a greater future of connecting and serving our community and making disciples for Jesus Christ.
Maynard’s Core Values
Compassionately Loving: We relate to every person as a beloved child of God. We embrace all people with dignity and grace through prayer and support through life’s challenges.
Authentic: We practice honesty and integrity and strive for our worship to be authentic. We encourage people to be true, honest, vulnerable and real and seek to provide a safe space for self-discovery.
Daring: We are boldly and bravely following Jesus by challenging the status quo and engaging in adventurous ministry and worship. We seek to be transformed and chose to take risks to live like Jesus.
The Journey: We support one another along our paths to wholeness. We plan, nurture and tend the seeds of faith within all God’s children as we strive to nourish individual and collective growth.
Catalytic Community: We connect inside and outside our walls for transformation. We seek to inspire faith into action and promote social justice through community outreach and ministry.
At Maynard Avenue UMC, we are learning how to build a better community, a better church and how to be better Christians. Our doors are always open and our community is always growing. We foster a truly diverse community where all are cared for and have developed a reputation for a warm and wide welcome. Whether you join us for our weekly Sunday Worship, Tuesday Service or any of our numerous small groups, community teams or ministries, you will soon realize that our is a way of life founded in the grace of God.
We intentionally and creatively reach out to new people across boundaries of age, income, sexual orientation, and race. The Realm of God includes every conceivable type of person and, therefore, so should the church. We seek in every way to expand the “all” of our mission statement: “to celebrate and share Christ’s love and acceptance of all.”