Welcome to Olive Branch United Methodist Church. We invite you to join us in
worship and to share in fellowship as we seek to grow in Christian
Olive Branch United Methodist Church
Wilkins Road, Alton, Virginia
Olive Branch was built in 1878 by a small group of Methodists who had until that time worshipped at the Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church. Members of the Building Committee were E. W. Carter, N. H. Tulloh, John Murray, and W. A. Blackwell.
A one acre lot was purchased for the building site for $60. Most of the construction material was donated by members. Olive Branch began as a one room structure, but Sunday School rooms were added at the back as well as a basement, bath rooms, and a vestibule. Over the years members have done much of the work of building, renovating, and repairing the church.
A Christian Education Program was developed in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Emphasis was always placed on the young people of the church with Children's Day Programs and Christmas Pageants being an important part of church activities. Both the Young Adult Class and the Adult Class were active in sponsoring various projects within the church and mission activities both domestic and foreign. Other groups active within the church were the Women's Society of Christian Service (WSCS) and the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF).
No one is sure how the name of the church was chosen, but the most probable origin is from the Bible. Noah sent a dove from the ark and the dove returned with an olive leaf in its mouth. Since that time the olive branch has been a symbol of peace.
Located about 1.5 miles south of Highway 58 on Wilkins Road in the Turbeville community.
During this time of uncertainty, the people of The United Methodist Church invite you to write your own prayer and offers you this opportunity to share your prayers of peace with the world.