Cambrian Park

 United Methodist Church

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Our History

(You may notice some holes in our history. If you would like to share your memories, please send an e-mail with the details to, so we can fill out our history section!)

Early in 1952 three acres of land were donated for a Protestant Church by Paul Schaeffer, President and E.B. Standish, Vice President of Cambrian Builders. And so our story began.

March 2, 1952 – First Sunday School class for adults was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Freeman (9 attended) and the first church service (32 attended)

March 19, 1952 – Santa Clara Planning Committee granted a use permit for the proposed parsonage on Leigh Avenue

April 13, 1952 – First Easter service was held at Union Elementary School

June 1, 1952 – Charter Member Sunday; thirty-one (31) members were received on that date

December 7, 1952 – Ground breaking for Wright Hall

May 30, 1954 – Consecration of Wright Hall which was used as the first sanctuary (cost $45,000)

March 24, 1957 – Ground breaking of present sanctuary

November 24, 1957 РFirst service in sanctuary.

March 9, 1958 – Sanctuary Consecration Service

September, 1960 – Boy Scout Troop 373 was founded and chartered. Bob Wilson, current church member, served as the second Scoutmaster.

February 9, 1961 – Ground breaking for Education Building

June 4, 1961 – Consecration of Education Building

June 1, 1962 – The 10th Anniversary Celebration, Rev. Sargent Wright was pastor.

1965 – Our Youth Building was built

December 1967 – Twenty-four members of the Methodist Youth Fellowship from Cambrian Park Church spent a week of their school holiday on a service project refurbishing the century old North San Juan Methodist Church near Grass Valley

1968 – Methodist Church merged with Evangelical United Brethren faith, creating the United Methodist Church

1972 – Women’s Society of Christian Service merged with Wesleyan Service Guild and changed name to United Methodist Women

July 1976 – Time Capsule was buried on church grounds near the office, to be dug up in year 2076

July 1977 – 25th Anniversary celebration; Rev. Richard Bimson was pastor

July 27, 1980 – Mortgage Burning Ceremony was held after all mortgages on the church were paid off.

1983 – The first year that our Methodist Youth Fellowship worked on the Sierra Service Project.

1983 – Adopted a room at the San Jose Family Shelter

1984 – Paint Party – Members painted the outside of the church in a single day!

1985 – Co-founded PACT (People Acting in Community Together)

October 15, 1989 – Dedication ceremony for the new Allen Digital Computer Organ (ADC7300) that was installed in November of 1988 by J. Nelson and Company

January 21, 1990 – The 1500th baptism in our church

December 31, 1991 – Value of church building and land at end of 1991 was $3,709,000.

April 19, 1992 – On this Easter Sunday, the 3000th person was recorded into membership of our church.  Our current membership roles stood at 594 on 12/31/91.

May 5, 1992 – Endowment Fund Mission Statement adopted at Charge Conference.

May 17, 1992 – The 40th Anniversary Celebration at Cambrian Park United Methodist Church

1993 – Parsonage was purchased on Almond Blossom Lane.

1996 – Renovated the nursery

1997 – Formation of the Blue Sky Committee to look at how we do “ministry”

October 31, 1999 – Adoption at Charge Conference of a Mission Statement and New Structure for doing ministry.

2002 – Celebrated our 50th Anniversary Celebration at CPUMC

2003 – Installed the Stain Glass Windows

September 2004 – Beginning of our Joint Youth Ministry with Almaden Hills UMC & Willow Glen UMC

2008 – Eco Landscaping

2009 – Amanda Network

September 2010 – Our Boy Scout Troop 373 celebrated their 50 Year Anniversary with a festival and catered barbecue. San Jose Vice Mayor Judy Chirco was the Keynote Speaker. Former Scoutmaster Bob Wilson and Susanne Wilson were in attendance. The Scoutmaster was Todd O'Connor.

2010 – Integrated Circuit (8 United Methodist Churches working together)

2011 – Joint 3 Church Family Mission Trip to Mexico

November 2011 – Installation of Solar Panels to reduce our carbon footprint. The $128,000 project was installed with no cash outlay and is expected to save CPUMC $125,000 over 20 years.