Our Family Ministry Belief

In all things, we try to draw near to our Methodist roots and its founder John Wesley who believe that there is no holiness but social holiness. Wesley thought that it was impossible for Christians go grow spiritually without one another.  We need each other to be Christian truly.  At FUMC, we believe this social holiness starts in the home where we are socialized to the church and the world; so it is the church’s duty to help families grow in their faith.  Our Family Ministries Director, Angela Sellers-Swanson, is committed to helping your family in any way that she can.  Contact her at.


“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

We believe that the cultivation of Christian discipleship begins the moment we are born.  Therefore, ministering and proclaiming God’s Good News to children stands as one of our top priorities.  We encourage children to be a part of our church and ministry through a variety of ministries.

Children in Worship

We are strongly committed to welcoming and including children in worship.  Fifty years of religious sociological worship demonstrates that children must be in worship if they are to continue their discipleship after leaving home.  Therefore, First United Methodist Church looks to the future of the church universal by letting the little children come to Christ, even in our worship services.  The sounds of children in the sanctuary are the sounds of a healthy church and spreading faith.

In our Children’s Center just outside the sanctuary, we provide kiddie bags full of coloring books, toys, reading books, crayons etc. that allow the children to learn the faith in the way they do best: through play.  Feel free to take a bag into the sanctuary!


Nursery care is available for children 6 weeks to 8 years old during the 10:00 service and is staffed by paid, trained staff.  This is located on the east end of the Education Building.  Please ask an usher, greeter, or even pastor for assistance.

Nursery care is also available during meetings/classes and rehearsals during the week.  Speak with your group leader or Angela Sellers-Swanson to make arrangements.


Sprouts is our Sunday children’s ministry that meets from 12:00pm to 1:30pm and welcomes children K-6.  Participants learn to practice daily:

  • Acts of Devotion
  • Acts of Kindness
  • Acts of Justice
  • Acts of Worship

Fun activities include lock-ins, movie nights, field trips, visits and activities with seniors at our retirement homes, and much more.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

This is a group for mothers and their pre-school aged children that seeks to support moms and cultivate a strong love for Jesus Christ in the family.  The group meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays 9:30-11:30 in the Wesley Room of the church basement.  MOPS provides hot coffee, brunch, crafts, fellowship, support, encouragement, and conversation.  To register visit:  SDGG is FUMC’s group code.  Any questions, email:

Kids Night Out

Kids Night Out provides a fun, safe night for your kids and a night out for you as parents.  All kids infant through 6th grade are welcome.  KDO is typically the first Friday of the month from 5:30-10:00pm.  Kids are provided fun activities, a snack, and a movie.  Please provide dinner for your children prior to KDO or pack one for them.  Childcare providers are CPR/First Aid certified, background checked, and trained.

RSVP by the Wednesday before each KDO by noon to Angela at 632-1410 or  Space is limited.

Next Dates for 2019: June 7, July 12, and August 9th.

Learning Ark Preschool

This is our Christian preschool serving ages 3-5.  We offer a robust Christian curriculum that introduces students to the Bible and Christian discipleship while concurrently teaching our children all they will need to know for kindergarten.


We Gather Every Wednesday and Sunday Mornings

Our youth group and education ministry is a vital part of our church.  Under the guidance of Youth Minister, Kathy Lackey, our youth involve themselves in spiritual development and education, mission, and fellowship.  At First United Methodist Church, we strongly believe that the youth are the future of the church and endeavor to act with that in the front of our minds.

Wednesday 6:30–8:30 pm

Sundays 9:30 AM

Youth Group

This group meets at 6:30pm every Wednesday in the church and attends to the spiritual development, fellowship, and mission-focus of our youth.  Activities during this time will divulge into a deeper conversation around scripture and happenings in youths lives along with planning larger mission trips, service projects and converences.  For information, contact Michael Loveland

Youth on Sunday

Our Youth meet on Sunday Mornings before the 10 AM service for fellowship, food and a quick devotion before heading to the 10 AM service to hear the lesson of the day. Our Wednesday evenings will be geared towards the lesson from the scripture and sermons. 


Our confirmation is for those 13 and over who would like to affirm their commitment to Jesus Christ and His church.  It takes place every other year (2020 is the next year) and runs from Easter Sunday to Easter Sunday for a full year of burgeoning discipleship.  For information contact Rev. Bill Novak

Adult Ministries

Adult Christian fellowship is an important part of discipleship.  We aim to fulfill those discipleship and fellowship needs with a wide variety of groups.  Look below for a group that grabs your attention.  If you don’t find one, start one!  We welcome new groups to become a part of our church.

United Methodist Men

United Methodist Men meet regularly to support one another in fellowship and discipleship.  A highlight of the month includes a breakfast at the Egg and I the first Sunday of the month at 7 a.m.  The group often volunteers to help both the church and the community.

Young Adults/Young Family

This group meets every Sunday at Danielmarks Brewery at 6:15, and like Pub Theology, this group discusses topics of theology and Scripture over tasty beverages.  They too are hoping to engage in mission work in the 2018 year.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is the official group for women within the United Methodist denomination.  Since 1869, the group has focused on providing and developing ministry opportunities for women in the areas of spiritual growth, leadership, education, service, and advocacy.  This group meets for fellowship on a regular basis and is instrumental in serving both the church and the community.

Pub Theology

This group meets every Sunday at Accomplice Brewery  at 6:15 to discuss topics of theology and Scripture over tasty beverages. This group also hopes to begin mission work in the near future with their brethren at the Young Family/Young Adult group.  It is aimed at those 45 and older but combines with the Young Adult/Young Family group during the summer.


Almost a thousand years ago, Christianity founded the university.  Christians have always been committed to a life of the mind in our discipleship. It is a part of who we are. At First, we offer invigorating, spiritual Christian education classes that study Scripture, theology, philosophy, prayer, psychology, physics…you name it.  Find out more below.

Children and Youth Sunday School

We provide Sunday school for children from ages 3-18 at 10:00 a.m.  All children and youth are are welcome  Curriculum is Biblically based and encourages children in their discipleship. For more information contact Angela Sellers-Swanson

Adult Education

We offer a variety of adult educational opportunities both on Sunday and during the week.  For more information, contact Rev. Bill Novak at


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