About UMC

Methodists have been in Umhlali since the 1870's. Our marriage register records the first wedding in the 'Umhlali Chapel' in 1875 between Gemima Burne (whom we presume has ties with the farm Burnedale neighbouring our property) and Thomas Fayle (whose family has a street named after them in Salt Rock). Our current building was only dedicated some 50 years later, in 1924.

Photo taken in 1936

Umhlali is one of fifteen societies (congregations) in the the Lower Tugela Circuit. We work together with other societies as far south as Tongaat, right up to Darnall and uThukela in the north and inland as far as Maphumulo. Our circuit is part of the Natal Coastal Synod which extends from Amanzimtoti in the south, right up to the Mozambique border. The MCSA (Methodist Church of Southern Africa) covers the whole of South Africa, as well as Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique and Swaziland.

Our values

We're on a journey, so some of these ideals still represent what we would like to be, but here is what matters to us:

Our Mission

We are a worshipping community, making disciples of Jesus to change our world.

The clip below is from 2014 when our mission statement was adopted by the church. It gives a sense of where we are heading.