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Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church was chartered with forty-one members in 1909 as Grace Methodist Protestant Church. For several months, services were held in a house on Indianola Avenue. When it became too crowded, a tent was erected on part of what is now the church parking lot. The first pastor was Samuel Heininger of Indiana. His work was blessed and the young congregation grew rapidly in influence in the community.

The first part of the church building was constructed in 1910, and in 1914 it was remodeled and enlarged. Work began in 1926 on the present form of our building. The parsonage across the street was completed in 1922. Maynard Avenue Church was well known for our food booth at the nearby Ohio State Fair, which was in operation each year since 1916, except during WW II when the fair was canceled. What started with soup homemade by Sunday school classes and the Women's Society grew to a full-scale grill and restaurant staffed by dozens of volunteers. Unfortunately the fair booth was disbanded in 2011, serving our community for 97 years.

The membership of Maynard Avenue Church increased as the neighborhood flourished, once welcoming nearly 700 persons in multiple services on Easter. After about 1960, however, like many other urban congregations, Maynard Avenue Church gradually declined. Members moved farther north and new neighborhood residents did not connect with this church.

Worship attendance reached as low as 60 persons. But in recent years, the congregation has reconnected with the neighborhood, reached many gay and lesbian Christians, and been revitalized by a sense of God's mission and vision. Average worship attendance is now growing from just over 100.

We have been blessed by a rich history and feel called to an even greater future of making disciples of Jesus Christ.