Historic Church On Home Tour

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On Saturday, November 7th, from 10:00am-3:00pm, the Bardsdale United Methodist Church (BUMC) will sponsor a “Home Tour” of four homes and the 117 year old Bardsdale United Methodist Church! The BUMC Ministry has been serving Bardsdale for 123 years and relocated to the current Church in 1898! The cost of the Home and Church Tour will be $25.

In 2015 the Bardsdale United Methodist Church, will celebrate 123 years in ministry, and the 117th year in their beautiful church building! The church is a registered county landmark # 50. It is a clapboard construction style known as Carpenter Gothic with a high pitched tower roof.

The BUMC beginnings date back to 1892 when the Rev. George Alexander preached an afternoon sermon with 14 in attendance. In 1898 the Church moved to its present location on the corner of Bardsdale Avenue and Ventura Street when two lots were donated to the church by Senator Thomas Bard. The sanctuary was dedicated on April 15, 1899. In 1914 the building was expanded with the addition of the wing which now houses our church offices. In 1926 the chancel area was expanded, and the basement was finished.

In August of 1982 a section of the original plaster ceiling collapsed during a morning worship service. Driven by the faith and vision of the Rev. Bob Ness, and the generous and faithful support of church members and friends in the community, this led to a four year, million dollar renovation and restoration of the church facility. The renovation included the addition of new stained glass windows to complement the existing windows, the oak chancellory, a hand carved pulpit and lectern, and new chandeliers from a downtown (LA) church, and the construction and addition of our Schoenstein organ. The church became a historical landmark during this time.

In 2006, approximately three quarters of an acre of land was gifted to the church. Work is currently underway to create a new parking area, a meditation area with rose garden, and a grassy yard area for outdoor events.

Pre sale tickets are available at the BUMC located at 1498 Bardsdale Ave, Bardsdale, 805-524-2070. And, the Fillmore Historical Museum, 340 Main St, Fillmore, 805-524-0948. Tickets will also be available at the BUMC, Fillmore Historical Museum and at each home on the day of the tour.


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