First United Methodist Church, Amite
First UMC, Amite has its roots before the Civil War, when it was located between Myrtle and Duncan Avenue. That church, the second church building of the congregation, burned down. Elder members recall that the first church was a one room building that stood on the site of the Brown Funeral Home.
The third church was built in the middle of the block between Laurel and Bay, facing Mulberry. It was destroyed by a tornado in 1908. Another church was soon built, but it was destroyed by a 1940 tornado.

The church was rebuilt once again, on the corner of Laurel and Mulberry. That property (where the Parish library is now located) was later sold to buy land on Duncan Avenue.

The current church was built in 1964 on Duncan Avenue. It was dedicated on May 4, 1969.

The United Methodist Church

In 1729 England, a small group of Oxford University students were ridiculed as "Bible Bigots," the "Holy Club" and "Methodists" because they spent so much time in methodical prayer and Bible reading. Led by John and Charles Wesley, the students held their ground against jeering students and went out to preach and pray with those considered to be the underbelly of English society.
The United Methodist Church is the result of a 1939 merger of three Methodist bodies (Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal South and Methodist Protestant churches), and a 1968 union of the Evangelical United Brethren and The Methodist churches.

The United Methodist Church is part of a Wesleyan movement that now claims a total of 18 million members of various Methodist churches around the world. There are 8.5 million Methodists in the United States and one million members of the denomination outside of the United States.

The United Methodist Church is part of the Church Universal. All persons, regardless of race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition are welcome to attend its services, receive Holy Communion, and, after taking vows, be baptized and admitted into membership.

Denominational practices and standards are set by General Conferences that meet once every four years. Delegates to that conference are elected by clergy and lay representatives from local churches gathered in regional annual conferences.