History

From the years of 1870 to 1885, the Peterson Circuit served the Old O’Brien, the first settlement in O’Brien County, and also the county seat.  Pioneers attend services conducted by itinerant Methodist Episcopal circuit riders.

In 1872, the town of Primghar was platted and church services were held in the first hotel in town, the Albright Hotel, which later became the Grand Hotel. Shortly afterwards a courthouse and school were constructed. Services during the winter of 1873, alternated between the courthouse and school. Rev. John Covey, local farmer and preacher, organized the first Sunday School classes in 1874. These classes also met in either the courthouse or the school.

Methodist

Primghar Methodist ChurchThe Methodists in Primghar built their first church building in 1880, complete with a tower and a bell. Two years later a tornado destroyed the building and it was back to the schoolhouse for worship. In 1886, a new building was erected and used until 1900, when it was sold to the local Catholic congregation. A third church was built in 1900. It was extensively remodeled in 1945. Sunday School Classrooms were added 1960-1961. In 1968, the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren Churches merged, becoming the United Methodist Church.

Congregational

In 1886, eight Congregationalists met to make plans for a Congregational Church in Primghar. A building was constructed similar to a barn. Formal dedication occurred July 27, 1890, with all 300 seats filled. The Methodists graciously closed their service and attended in a body. A full-time pastor was enlisted with a church membership of 30.In 1959, the Congregational Churches and Evangelical and Reformed Churches united, creating the United Church of Christ.

United

UCC ChurchA committee was created from the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ in 1969, to study the possibility of working together and a Union Maundy Thursday service was begun. It was voted to form a joint Sunday School program in the fall of 1970. Discussion was held on sharing one pastor. In January of 1971, the churches were yoked, and began worshipping and serving together. They alternated services quarterly between church buildings. In September of 1973, the congregation voted to accept the Articles of Incorporation and thereby became one fellowship in faith, creating a union congregation. In 1978, the current building was erected and then consecrated on Sunday April 29, 1979.
During the late evening of December 3, 2005, a fire occurred in the sanctuary. While the outside structure was left standing, there was wide-spread damage to the inside from the fire, heat and smoke. Immediately, reconstruction began during which time the members met at the Community Building and various churches in town. The cause of the fire was never determined.
Less than a year later, on Wednesday, November 22, 2006, the members celebrated a traditional Thanksgiving Eve worship service in the newly remodeled building. There were still finishing touches to be done. The dedication service was held April 22, 2007.

In the fall of 2007 the Christian Education Committee decided to move Sunday School to Wednesday evenings. Our Wednesday night school is called Wild Wednesday Worship (WWW). We are continually discerning how God is calling us to live our faith on a daily basis!

We look forward to the future of what God has in store for us, and invite you to join us on our journey of faith!