History of North Wildwood Methodist

The North Wildwood Methodist Church is in its 124th year. Dating back to the late 1890’s, a school at First and Central Avenues was first used for worship.

The congregation formally organized on March 15, 1898 as the Anglesea Methodist Church. The site of the current church was purchased for $150 and the sanctuary was built at a cost of $1,823 with an additional $200 spent on furnishings. The building was dedicated on January 10, 1899. The Parsonage was built in 1920.  In 1924 the Southern New Jersey Conference changed the name to the North Wildwood Methodist Church.

The Church underwent many changes over the years with remodeling and additions. In 1962, Cape May County was hit by a Nor’Easter and the Church suffered severe damage. The Congregation voted to build a new church, which is the church that stands today. The first service in the new church was held on June 4, 1967.

More recently, the North Wildwood United Methodist Church merged with the Wildwood Crest Methodist Church. The stained glass windows from the Wildwood Crest Church were saved and are being installed in the North Wildwood Church.

Timothy Schmalz’ internationally renowned sculpture, Homeless Jesus, is located on the Church property on Central Avenue.  Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, “What you do unto the least of these… you do unto me”, Homeless Jesus is a challenge to remember and care for the marginalized. As a means to raise awareness and provide greater support for the local organizations providing direct care to those in our community, the Church established the Homeless Jesus Fund.We welcome your support of Lazarus House Food Bank and Family Promise by donating to the Homeless Jesus Fund. The Branches is one of the charities that benefits from Homeless Jesus fund.  More information about the sculpture and the Fund may be found here