San Felipe UMC celebrates 77th Easter Sunrise Service


San Felipe United Methodist Church will be holding its 77th Easter Sunrise Service on April 16, 2017 at 7 a.m.

The service will take place at the Stephen F. Austin Historical Park in front of the statue of Stephen F. Austin. In case of rain, the service will be held in the San Felipe United Methodist Church located on FM 1458 and 2nd Street.

There has been preaching in San Felipe since the founding of the town. Minister Harry Stephenson began preaching at the church in 1924 but there is evidence that there were any number of other preachers during the Colonial period.

Thomas Pilgrim founded the San Felipe Church as the first Sunday School in Texas in 1829. The present structure was built in 1937 and has the distinction of occupying the oldest Protestant church edifice in the state. The present minister if Joel McMahon.

Since 1940, an Easter sunrise service has been held at the state park and is sponsored by San Felipe United Methodist Church.

The Easter morning message that Christ has risen is proclaimed. The services normally begin before the sun comes over the horizon in order that everyone may see the glorious sunrise.

Minsters from San Felipe, Sealy, Pattison, Brookshire, and other surrounding areas will participate in this celebration. Each year a minister from a different church has taken over the sermon duties. There will also be choirs, soloists, and musicians participating in this service.

Everyone is encouraged to join us and to enjoy the sunrise and the large wooden cross decorated with beautify live flowers and ferns. The Easter message in word and song has been proclaimed in Christian churches everywhere as everyone of all denominations are united to praise the Risen Lord.

Guests are also invited to remain for the 10 a.m. worship service. This church holds service each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and communion on the first Sunday of the month.

The church now has a website,, and you are invited to view this website.


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