Our Church: This congregation is the first established church in the State of Nevada organized in 1859. The church was labeled; The Cradle of Nevada Methodism. For over 155 years this congregation has continuously served the families of Carson City. The historic sanctuary was built and dedicated in 1867 and remains perhaps the earliest building still in use in the State. Fifty pastors have served this congregation and both Rev. Robert Jennings-Teats and Rev. Dixie Jennings-Teats have served this congregation since 2000. Early History in September 1858, when the town of Carson City, known as Eagle Ranch was divided into lots. The Methodist Episcopal Society was able to purchase a number of lots on Division Street for $25 and a pair of boots. In 1866 Rev. Nims dedicated the new sandstone Gothic Revival Church on September 2. Rev. Nims labored almost single-handedly for 3 years, hauling the sandstone blocks from the State Prison. The prisoners quarried and squared the stone, then he hauled and laid them himself. Remarkably, the sanctuary is still in use. The Church's Legacy, our congregation has participated in the boom and bust cycles of Carson City and has endured and grown. We remain one of the largest and most vital United Methodist Congregations in Nevada. We have always had a focus of outreach and social concern for the needs of the people throughout the community. In the Methodist tradition, we have sought to be inclusive and welcomed people from diverse class and cultural backgrounds as well as varied doctrinal traditions. In this spirit we have adopted the motto; Open Hearts, Open Minds, And Open Doors! At Small Blessings, an outreach of the First United Methodist Church, we believe that all children are miracles. We value learning as a cooperative effort, which includes the partnerships of teachers, parents, children, and the church. Our focus is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate educational experience, promoting each child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. Small Blessings features a child-centered curriculum with teacher support that includes circle time, centers, snack, art, music, outdoor play, field trips, and special classroom visitors. At Small Blessings our goal is to provide a curriculum, based on Nevada State Pre-Kindergarten Standards that will provide the children with a basic foundation for their growth as students as well as teaching Christian values and concepts such as respect, love, warmth, positive support, and individuality. Please contact us if you would like a tour of our school.