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Skidaway Island UMC - Coastal


Approximately eight acres of land was purchased on July 15, 1979, for a United Methodist Church on Skidaway Island. In 1982, Rev. Hamp Watson, Savannah District Superintendent, formed a committee including five families living on Skidaway Island to discuss the future for a church where it is thought that John and Charles visited and preached in 1736. Dr. Ralph Bailey became the founding minister and continued for five years. Weekly prayers services were held in private homes until the Braniger Company gave permission to hold Sunday Services in Condo 44. The first church service was held on September 11, 1983. Thirty-five people, many interested friends, attended the first service. On Sunday, February 26, 1984, at the 11 am worship service, Rev. Hamp Watson delivered the message and conducted the organization conference. Thirty-five members representing fourteen families received certificates of charter members. A trailer was furnished by the Board of Missions and placed on the property on November 11, 1984, with thirty-eight people attending. Hymnals and chairs were purchased, an organ rented, and rocking chairs were placed behind the congregation as the nursery.
Frank Stanton was elected Chairman of the Building Committee in December 1984, and Paul Hanson was hired to be the architect to develop a master plan for a chapel, classrooms, and office space. On February 10, 1985, Bishop Fitzgerald conducted the consecration service as the site for a place of worship. A Sunday school program was started with ten members. Clara Stanton hosted a Ladies Fellowship Coffee in her home. Groundbreaking for the new chapel occurred on November 15, 1987. Rev. Jim Giddens was appointed as the first full-time pastor in June 1988, and one hundred twenty-eight people attended the first service in the new chapel. The groundbreaking ceremony for Bailey Hall occurred on February 28, 1992. This phase included building the church office and Sunday school rooms. Membership at this time was two hundred seventy-four. The Memorial Garden was consecrated on September 19, 1993. On January 10, 1999, groundbreaking took place for the sanctuary and additions to the Education Building. Additional classrooms, office space, a choir room, and storage area were completed in November 1999. The dedication of the sanctuary was held on April 9, 2000. As of March 2017, the membership stands at one thousand four hundred twenty-four.



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