The History of New Zion United Methodist Church
New Zion United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Stemen and Snyder Church Roads, four miles north of Baltimore, Ohio, has served the citizens of this community since, 1897. The spiritual inspiration for building a church came from the itinerant or circuit riders sent by the Evangelical Association to the German-speaking Swiss pioneers who had established their homes in Liberty Township. They opened their homes for worship and for evangelistic meetings. They gave generously of their resources and the original Zion church was built in 1856 on the northeast corner of Snyder Church and Stemen Roads. The church was rebuilt in 1868 to accommodate the district conference. The congregation continued to grow and because of growth and changes in church philosophy, the present New Zion Church was built in 1897 across the road.
We celebrated our 100th Anniversary in October 1997. A history of the church, church programs and of individual members was compiled for this event. As a result, much more information about individual members and about events are now available.
We continue to update our programs and to expand the area for worship. These are the spiritual values which help us meet the spiritual and social needs of our congregation and of our new neighbors in the community.
Outreach Ministries: Support for missionaries and organizations that provide funds for mission work, community food pantry, Advent baskets and offerings, meals for shut-ins, financial assistance for special needs, Foundation Dinner service, long-term care facility visiting and singing, Mexico mission volunteers and more as needed.
Special Events: Vacation Bible School, Stoutsville Camp for youth, Lenten Vespers, Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast, Children's Easter Egg Hunt, Men/Boys banquet, Women/Girls banquet, Advent devotional guides written by members, Adult/Children Christmas program, Christmas Eve Service, Evangelistic Services, Senior Citizens Dinner, Salad Buffet, Church Picnic, Rally day and Mission Auction.