Lick Creek Church is a friendly church. You’re greeted with a smile and a handshake whether it’s your first visit or your 100th visit. We even take time out during worship service to greet each other!
We’re known for our steak suppers, homemade ice cream and made from scratch apple dumplings.
Lick Creek Church follows the teaching of Jesus. Our mission is to provide spiritual direction, unity and purpose to all people by continuing the work of Jesus Christ peacefully, simply, together.
Hymns and music take an active part in our worship service along with Scripture readings and children’s story. And, of course, there is an uplifting message from our pastor.
We offer Sunday School classes to young and not so young prior to worship service. We recently remodeled two of our Sunday School rooms that are attractive to youngsters.
Our members and friends enjoy potluck meals and opportunities to gather in our homes or local restaurants. We also have the ideal location to view the annual Bryan fireworks show, which we celebrate with a hotdog roast and popcorn.
Most importantly, Lick Creek Church of the Brethren displays love for our fellow friends and members, as well as to our community, through our service to God.
In addition, we continue the teaching of Jesus by conducting Love Feasts in which church members and friends attend a simple meal, participate in Scripture readings, and conduct foot washings as Jesus did with his Disciples.
Stepping back into history, Brethren families settled along Lick Creek around 1833 and organized religious services in their quaint cabins. The Church of the Brethren became the first recognized church organization in Williams County in 1853. In 1868 the congregation purchased a one-acre plot of ground where the church is now located.
The Civil War delayed immediate construction of a church building. In 1870 a meeting house was erected. In 1938 the church parsonage was built from lumber acquired from the old Portage church near Bowling Green. An increase in church attendance resulted in plans for the construction of an entire new church building in 1957, which was completed in 1959. A worship sanctuary, fellowship hall, and large kitchen were added in 1968.
Over the course of time, the original church was served for many years by non-salaried ministers. The transition to salaried ministry came when part-time pastors were hired beginning in 1928. Full time ministry began in 1935. Sunday School classes began in 1870.
The Lick Creek Church of the Brethren joined thousands of its congregational members on Aug. 3, 2008, to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Church of the Brethren through special worship services and programs. Festivities included a character portrayal of Alexander Mack, the founder of the Church of the Brethren.
Lick Creek Church has grown from a seven-member family church to its current membership who attend various worship services, take part in community outreach programs and conduct charity fund raising events, such as ice cream socials and CROP suppers. “Doing the work of Jesus peacefully, simply, together.”