Our history

The first known Church in this area was LEBANON UNION CHURCH, built about 1855 and burned by the Northern army in the retreat after the Battle of Bull Run. Prior to the civil war, Lincolnia was called LEBANON. A Methodist Church was chartered in Lebanon on May 11th 1864. In 1870, Levi Deming suggested naming the community Lincoln to honor President Lincoln. A post office was established in 1875 and as another Lincoln, Virginia, existed it was renamed Lincolnia. In 1876 a Methodist Church was built on Lincolnia Road on land given by Levi Deming. In 1905 a parsonage was built on Lincolnia road on land given by Eunice Barnum.

In the early days our church was on the Fairfax circuit, later it was on the Arlington-Lincolnia Circuit. In 1912 we became a part of the East Fairfax Charge in the Baltimore Conference. Our Minister often served 7 Churches. We became a two-point circuit in 1942 with Franconia. In 1953 we became a separate Charge with our first full time Minister. After 79 years on Lincolnia road we had outgrown that space and on May 8, 1955, land was purchased at the corner of Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) and Lincoln Avenue. Opening day services were held in the new Educational building one hundred years after the first Church was built in Lebanon in 1855.

In May 1964, we held a four day celebration of our 100th year. A new sanctuary was built and consecrated May 9 1965, on our 101st anniversary. In May 1986, the Church note was burned and our sanctuary was dedicated.

In 1968, when the Methodists Evangelical United Brethren churches merged, we became the “Lincolnia United Methodist Church”.

Our first Women’s Society of Christian Services was organized in 1940 and is now the United Methodist Women. In 1970, the United Methodist Men was reorganized. In 1971, the Lincolnia Fellowship Club for Senior Citizens was founded. In 1982, the “Hermistone Chapel” was placed in the front entrance of the church. Since 1978, we have placed five memorial stained glass windows. In September 1984, we had a program celebrating 200 years of Methodism in America and 120 years in Lincolnia. In 1999, we had a day to celebrate 135 years in the life of Lincolnia United Methodist Church.  In May of 2014, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of Lincolnia.

 There are two families in our church who have served for many years, the William H. Lewis family and the James H. Cassedy family. Cora Barnum Lewis joined the church in 1885 and William H. Lewis joined the church in 1895. James H. Cassedy and his wife, Maggie Cassedy, have been in our record books since 1895. Descendants of both families continue to be active members of the church.

Mary Margaret Pence
Church Historian

On May 11, 2014 we celebrated  the 150th anniversary of Lincolnia Church.

Our Mission & Vision

The Mission of Lincolnia United Methodist Church is to share Christ’s love for all people everywhere.

Our Vision: We are a congregation where all persons are welcomed, nurtured, and sent out as disciples of Jesus Christ.

We are a Spirit-filled, multi-ethnic, multi-generational congregation which has been a vital part of the community since its founding in 1864. The church has changed with the neighborhood; going from a small white frame chapel in a rural Northern Virginia community to a much larger handicapped-accessible brick structure in the midst of an ever-changing urban setting.
With a congregation of just under 300 members, Lincolnia Church is large enough to offer a variety of opportunities for ministry and growth and small enough that each member’s presence and contribution are valued. On any given Sunday, our congregation will consist of persons from 10-20 nations; including natives of Northern Virginia, various other states in the United States, Sierra Leone, Ghana, the Philippines, Canada, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Korea, Madagascar, Burma, India, Afghanistan, and several other countries.
Our worship services reflect our Wesleyan heritage.
In addition to the worship services, opportunities abound for education, mission and fellowship for persons of all ages.

What to expect when you visit

On Sunday mornings we offer an 11 a.m. service, greeters are at the main entrance who will direct you to the sanctuary. Ushers will provide you with a printed order of worship that specifies the scripture readings, hymns, prayers and other helpful information.

Worship begins at 11 a.m. with a musical prelude.


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