Taylor Chapel Congregational Methodist Church
Soda Springs Community
The early history of the church was researched and written by James and Donna Chapman and appears on the Historical Marker that stands at the front of the church.
Taylor Chapel was started under a brush arbor in 1901 when Rev. J.V. Havner, a Methodist circuit preacher, led the area residents as they formed a Congregational Methodist Church. A Congregational church is one that governs itself and finds and calls its own pastor with majority rule.
In January of 1902, Hood Taylor said they needed a place for those who were Methodists to hold church services, and he deeded approximately two acres to the church, which became known as Taylor Chapel.
Although the earliest church records have been lost, those involved in the congregation during its early years, were well known in the Soda Springs community, including the Robertson, Bingham, Chapman, Vaughn, Powers and Vineyard families. Some of those families are still involved in the church today.
The construction of the first church began in January of 1902, and that church was replaced with the current building in 1948.
In the 50s and 60s with a lot of farm families living around the community, the church house was filled every Sunday with these men, women, and children. As the youngsters grew and left to start their own lives, membership began to slip, but the older ones kept it going.
Membership at Taylor Chapel has fluctuated a lot, down to six members in the late 90s, and then a turnaround began. Today there are fifty active members on the roll. Bathrooms and a fellowship hall were added in the 2000s.
Today, attendance each Sunday varies between anywhere from twenty-two to forty in attendance. Each year on the first Sunday in June, the Taylor Chapel Cemetery Association has its annual meeting at the church. On the first Sunday in October, Taylor Chapel has a homecoming Sunday with a covered dish luncheon and a special speaker.
About nine years ago the pastor died and the church was looking for a pastor when they heard of a Baptist preacher and asked him to preach for them one Sunday. He came and told the church that he is a Baptist preacher and would not change over to the Methodist domination but would come and preach for them on a Sunday to Sunday basis.
He is still there preaching on a Sunday to Sunday basis!