Boca Grande in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Boca Grande United Methodist Church
Est. July 10, 1910
The oldest church on the island. On Jan.10, 1910 the Rev. D.B. Sweat was sent to minister to the needs of the growing community. Six months later the church was chartered with 17 members as Boca Grande Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The church has maintained year-round weekly worship services since the beginning. By 1914 there were 60 adult members, 44 children and 7 Sunday school classes. In the 20's a weekly newspaper called the "Boca Grande Banner" was published, a Junior League formed and a Ladies Aid Society to help those in need and support missionaries.
During the 20th century 60 pastors served the church; two went on to become Bishops. The church continues its legacy of mission and ministering to an ever-changing and diverse island community. The "Lighthouse" was adopted in 1998 symbolizing Jesus Christ, the true light which enlightens everyone, shining through the church into the world-guiding, helping and transforming lives. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life" John 8:12
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is July 10, 1910.
Location. 26° 45′ N, 82° 15.768′ W. Marker is in Boca Grande, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on West 3rd Street just east of Gilchrist Avenue, on the left when traveling east. The name of the church is officially Boca Grande Lighthouse United Methodist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 West 3rd Street, Boca Grande FL 33921, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Baptist Church of Boca Grande (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Hole (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gasparilla Inn & Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boca Grande Lighthouse (approx. 2.3 miles away); Placida Bunk House (approx. 12.7 miles away); Town of McCall (approx. 12.7 miles away); The Cookie House (approx. 12.9 miles away); Bass Biological Labs/Cookie House (approx. 13.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boca Grande.
Also see . . . Boca Grande Lighthouse United Methodist Church. (Submitted on September 19, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.