SAVOY — Virginia Point United Methodist Church will celebrate 180 years of continuous service at 1 p.m. Sept. 30.


Festivities will include a presentation of the flag, prayer, history of the church, old hymns, special speakers and awards.


A fish fry with all the trimmings will follow. There will also be a hayride, train, tour of the church and cemetery, and a bounce house and prizes for children.


Virginia Point is one of the oldest Methodist churches in continuous service in North Texas and is one of the oldest churches in Fannin County. Sunday sermons are still delivered from the pulpit built in 1860 and many current members are descendants of the original founding families.


A historic cemetery with graves dating back to the 1840s is located behind the church. Members of the church maintain the church and its cemetery from generation to generation.


The church is located at 1386 CR 1200, about 4.4 miles from Bells and 5.3 miles from Savoy. Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.