4420 Collins Rd, Rochester, Michigan 48306 Copyright 2013. Paint Creek United Methodist Church. All Rights Reserved.
The letter below was written by a member of our church, Patricia Wise.
A Sense of Home and History
Historic Paint Creek United Methodist Church is located at 4420 Collins Rd. between Rochester and Adams Rd. off Orion Rd. I found Paint Creek Church almost five years ago. There was an “at home” relaxed feeling that only the small church of my childhood provided and that goes back many years. My memories of church on Sundays included a warm welcome; lots of smiles; people chatting before the service; using real hymn books; singing the old hymns; a small church choir; and great food on potluck Sunday. In other words, I found a sense of comfort and a sense of peace. Not to mention how much I enjoyed the beautiful drive on Orion Road, especially in the spring, summer and fall months. Sunday, after the service, everyone is invited to fellowship over a potluck, brunch or just a cup of coffee.
I learned that this hundred and sixty-year old building would not be standing today without the dedication of an active church council as well as many volunteers. This beautiful old building was dedicated in 1855 on the original site located at the N.E. corner of Buell Rd. and Rochester Rd. In 1887 the church was dismantled and reconstructed at its present location on Collins Rd; thereafter, an annex was added to the church in 1953. I had to ask myself how this old building could have survived for more than one and a half centuries. It seems that determination, hard work and generosity of the past and present members is a tradition of this little church. Those members have remained faithful and hopeful through all the “ups and downs” that have occurred over the history of the church.
The tradition certainly continues as the present church council continues to plan for future updating and beautification. The foundation of the church has been restored and a fresh coat of paint was completed in 2016. But “not to worry”, we no longer use wood burning stoves! Paint Creek UMC has a long history of who, what, when, and where but there is really no need for all the details because those facts did not keep our church doors open. The love, dedication and friendship of past and present members are the reasons our little church is still open today and welcoming new friends. If you are looking for a church you can call “home” where everyone is welcome, the come by around 11:00 AM on Sunday and decide for yourself.
Paint Creek UMC
In pioneer days, church groups met in homes and later in one-room schools. Revival meetings were held in the Baldwin one-room school on the corner of Gunn and Orion Roads. The present Paint Creek United Methodist Church was built at the corner of Rochester and Buell Roads and was called St. James Methodist Church. In 1877, the decision was made to move this church to the more populated Goodison. It was purchased for $1.00, dismantled and hauled by horse and wagon (at a cost of $89.00) to its present location on Collins Road.The little church had four pews on each side, was heated with two wood-burning stoves, and of course had no water or indoor plumbing. An antique pump organ provided music for hymn singing. A furnace was added in 1946 and the annex was built in 1953 using money from the sale of the parsonage across the road.Many local and Rochester area families have ties to this historic church. Over the years, Paint Creek UMC has shared ministers with Howarth, St. Luke’s, Mt. Vernon, and the original St. Paul’s Methodist Church on Walnut Street in Rochester. The Paint Creek UMC is an active church to this day and the old church bell is still rung every Sunday!