Grace United Methodist church would not be here if it were not for the vision of Rev. James Bartlett, who was the pastor at First United Methodist Church of Cocoa now known as “The Open Door” Our first worship services were held at the Barn theater on Hwy. 520 with approximately 100 people attending.
With a $17,000 donation by the Church Builder’s from the Orlando district we purchased 4.5 acres of land and began to build our church. Services continued to be held at the Barn theater until April 1, 1962 when we were able to worship in the newly built sanctuary which now functions as our Fellowship Hall.
We were formally organized and considered a “real” church on February 26, 1961 and our name, “Grace” was established by our then District Superintendent Dr. Bruce F. Gannaway. We wouldn’t be Methodists however without a committee, so on Frebuary 27, 1961 our first official board meeting was convened with Don Merritt as Chairman.
In September of 1963, a groups of mothers led by Peggy Merritt spearheaded the formation of a weekday Kindergarten and our Preschool was begun. It continues to serve the smallest members of our community preparing them for their future success in the local private and public school systems.
Throughout the 1960’s the church continued to grow and thrive and began building education wings and by 1965 a long range planning committee was formed to ensure the future needs of this growing church community would be served. Finally on May 9. 1982 we broke ground for the new and larger church sanctuary. The one we still use today for worship.
Throughout the years we have weathered lots of storms but the hurricanes of 2004 proved too much for our 1960 vintage education buildings and they sustained severe damage. Brevard County had the buildings condemned and the church began the process of rebuilding. In 2007 we moved into our new Education and Administrative building which helps us better serve the Merritt Island community.
We continue to look toward the future as we seek ways God is inviting us into His Kingdom as we live and work in Merritt Island. We invite you to join us as we serve Him in our mission and vision to “Build Bridges Between Christ and Our Community.”