Mill Creek Towne Parish held its first service on December 4, 1966 at Mill Creek Towne Elementary School, Derwood, MD. Its founding Pastor was Rev. Jack Hamm. The new church was sponsored by the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Later, the name was changed to Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church when the two united. The founding covenant states that the mission of the church is “to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice and peace.” On December 19, 1971, the congregation participated in the ground breaking ceremony for our first building. Later on, after a very successful fund raising campaign, a new sanctuary was added and dedicated on May 18, 1997.
The ministries of long standing have promoted service in both the community and in the world. In addition the church has a strong focus on spiritual nurture of children, teens, adults, and growth through education and social responsibility. A rich musical life has long been a hallmark of the congregation. The music program consists of the sanctuary choir, 3 choirs for children and youth, three bell choirs, and a Praise Band. Our music director has arranged for visiting musicians.
The Mill Creek Preschool was founded in September, 1967 and an adult seminar program shortly thereafter. In 1971 the church became involved with Gaithersburg HELP, the American Red Cross, Literacy Council of Montgomery County, and the Asbury Methodist Home. In 1978 the first group participated in the Appalachia Service Project which ministers to the housing needs of those living in disadvantaged areas. The annual project continues with this worthy organization. Our Mid High and Sr. High teens have participated in separate summer mission trips. In July 1978, Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the younger children became an annual event.
MCP was a participant in the founding of the Gaithersburg Soup Kitchen in 1984 and still prepares and serves meals there. In 1986 Friends in Action (FIA), now a Community Ministries project to minister to the needs of indigent families, was founded by a member of Mill Creek Parish. In 1989 the first Women’s Retreat was held in February and has become an annual event. The church has supported the Community Based Shelter (CBS) in Rockville with meals for a week each year. Once each month, church members gather to make sandwiches after our church service to distribute at the Rockville Men’s Shelter. In addition, a Thanksgiving Brunch and Christmas Meal complete with gifts is organized and served at the men’s shelter.
There is a strong educational program for children and an active teen ministry. Opportunities abound for adult Bible study and spiritual growth.