Welcome to Byrd Chapel UMC!

About Us
Byrd Chapel is a loving and caring community of believers, striving to live the message of Christ in our community,  our country, and the world. Our church service on Sunday morning is our primary means of worshiping our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ. We also offer Sunday School for all ages where we study God’s word as recorded in scripture.

We have opportunities for nurturing and growth within the church setting, and for service both within the church and the larger community. If you are looking for a church that will offer your entire family a chance to live out your journey with God in today’s world, then we hope you come and worship with us.

Byrd Chapel History

Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church at Kent's Store, Virginia was organized in 1816 following a series of Camp Meetings previously held by Methodist leaders in surrounding areas. It was formerly known as Hughes Meeting House.

In 1853 the congregation of Hughes Meeting House moved to another location on the waters of the Little Byrd Creek and built a new frame sanctuary. Shortly thereafter, the name of our Church was changed to Byrd Chapel and we were put on a 7 church charge known as the Fluvanna Circuit. However, due to bad roads and the need of a more central location the Church was again moved to our present location on State Highway No. 601.

Byrd Chapel continued to grow and after much hard work and planning the Formal Opening and Consecration Service for our new brick building was held on May 22, 1955. On August 12, 1962 Bishop Paul N. Barber delivered the Dedication Sermon.

Our annual Homecoming Day is on the second Sunday in August and on that day in 1983 we had Groundbreaking Services for our parsonage on Route 604. The land was a gift from a great grandson of one of the founders of the Church.

In 1994 an Educational Wing was added to the west side of the church to accommodate the various classes and activities.

Just east of our church, many loved ones who served the Church faithfully over the years lie resting in our perpetual care cemetery.

Through the years of fellowship and service at Byrd Chapel, we realize that changes do take place, but the strength of any Church past, present, or future rests in the faith and commitment of its people to the great commission given to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

"Go ye into all the world and preach the good news to all of creation."

-- Mark 16:15

John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jer 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matt 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

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