Lasley United Methodist Church
393 Lasley Lane
Louisa, VA 23093
Worship Time: 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Time: 10:00 a.m.
Children – Adult
Communion First Sunday
Handicap Accessible : No
John Lasley donated the land Lasley is located on. The original building was a log cabin and the first Methodist church in Louisa County. Actual records go back to October 20, 1780 when the first bishop, Francis Asbury, lectured on II Peter, chapter 1, verses 4-9, at “Lesley’s Meeting House” as the church was then called. After the cabin was outgrown a new wooden church was built at the current site. The second building served the community for many years until it was destroyed by fire.
The building you see today was built in 1833. It is thought to have been used as a field hospital during the Civil War for those injured during the Battle of Trevilians in 1864. At the time that Lasley’s new brick church was built it was very important to the membership to allow slaves the right to religious freedom. They were allowed to worship inside the sanctuary but restricted to the balcony.
The bricks used for the church were made on site. The walls of the church are three bricks thick with the center brick turned perpendicular to the others. There is dead space between the rows of bricks to allow for natural insulation.
Originally the sanctuary was illuminated by oil lamps and chandeliers. The hooks that held the chandeliers are still in the ceiling. The church was heated by wood burning stoves that were started the day before worship services. The chimneys are built into the wall of the church near the pulpit area and are neither visible from the inside nor the outside of the building. They were constructed to lean toward each other and exit near the top point of the roof line on the rear of the building.
The pulpit and three chairs behind it are original to the building. The original pine flooring and the pews that are painted brick red reflect the taste of past worshipers. In 1998 a social hall was dedicated and marked the first time that running water was introduced to the church.
Lasley has never closed its doors to the community and has the charm of a small country church. Most of what you see today is exactly as it was 165 years ago. God has blessed us richly and we look forward to sharing our heritage and the future with you each Sunday morning.