Most interior contents will be sold at two estate “tag” sales scheduled today and tomorrow, July 31-Aug. 1, and Aug. 6-8. Each sale will open to the public from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. during sale dates.
Founded in 1871, the United Methodist Church has been located at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Charles Allen Drive since 1917. The church is one of the oldest Methodist churches in the city and the country.
Due to changing demographics that led to declining membership, Grace on Ponce would have closed its doors this summer because a large mortgage note was due on July 15. However, the building and property were recently sold to the General Board of Global Ministries, an arm of The United Methodist Church that directs missionaries and disaster relief throughout the world. Previously headquartered in New York, Global Ministries moved its organization to Atlanta in mid July and will begin a major renovation on the aging building later this year.
On sale days, shoppers may purchase items from the early 1900s to modern day – everything from household furnishings and carved oak pews to lecterns, choir robes, sheet music, hymnals, folding chairs, tables, coat racks, housewares and décor, children’s toys and florals.
Renowned for its musical programs, the church is selling nine upright pianos, as well as a fully functioning Allen classical pipe organ. Its vast library features more than 1,000 volumes and all will be tagged for sale, as well as a large amount of audio visual equipment, electronics & ecumenical artifacts used throughout the facility.
Uniquities include three Gothic-style chandeliers that hung in the main sanctuary until a prior renovation, several Mid Century desk chairs & cabinets, twelve rows of 1950s-era “theatre seats” from upper balcony areas, a large cement fountain/planter that was kept indoors, a 40-foot mahogany conference table, a 10-foot rustic cross constructed from railroad crossties and a mahogany/glass curio cabinet with a “7-16” (July 1916) manufacturer’s date and “$54.50” selling price chalked on its back.
Grace UMC will continue its ministry on the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Charles Allen Drive, according to Rev. Kate Floyd, Grace’s pastor. Educational, worship, and social space will be shared with Global Ministries. Worship will continue in the historic sanctuary and Grace UMC will continue its outreach out programs within the community.
“However, our exclusive space will be significantly reduced, and we must dispose of most of the physical property that has accumulated in such a large building over the years. This church has touched so many Atlanta families. We hope that people will come out and purchase a piece of its legacy,” said Rev. Floyd.