First United Methodist FAQ's
1. How long do the worship services last?
Both the 9:00 am Contemporary Service and the 11:00 am Traditional Service last approximately one hour. Our Sunday School for children, youth & adults runs between the the services, but currently due to Covid 19 classes or suspended.
2. What is the dress code for each worship service?
For our Contemporary Service, the dress is casual. You will see a range of some men & women wearing jeans and t-shirts to men wearing casual pants/shirts & women wearing casual dresses. For our Traditional Service, dress is more “business casual”. You will see men wearing anything from dress jeans to slacks/sport coats and women will be wearing anything from dress jeans/blouses to dresses.
3. Do you make guests wear a name tag or stand up during the service so that everyone sees I am a guest at the church?
No, we don’t want our guests to feel uncomfortable in any way during their visit to First Methodist. You are not required to wear a name tag or do anything that might embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable. We do have welcome centers by our Sanctuary and Worship Center and we do hope that you will stop by and pick up a “welcome” bag of church information and a small gift we have for you. It’s our hope that you will be warmly welcomed by our congregation and that you will find your worship service of choice to be meaningful & uplifting.
4. What type of music is played in each service?
The music in our contemporary service is the same praise & worship music you might hear on Contemporary Christian radio stations featuring a full band and singers. In our Traditional service, our Chancel Choir leads the congregation in the singing of traditional hymns accompanied by pipe organ or piano.
5. Where do I park?
We have parking lots at the corner of Broad & Kirkman St., on the corner of Pujo St. and Kirkman St., and off of Ford St on the west side of the church facility. There is also Sunday morning parking available along Broad St. and Pujo St.
6. What about the kids?
Children of all ages are welcome in our worship services. There is a nursery available for the little ones ages 6 wks to 4 yrs of age. Our nursery caregivers love children and are dedicated to making sure your children are safe and well-cared for while you are in worship, Sunday School, Bible Study, or any other church-sponsored activity. Caregivers are CPR and First Aid certified.
We use a pager system so that if a parent is needed, we will page you to come to the nursery. On all Sundays of the month except the first Sunday, we have Children’s Moments in each service. Our Director of Children’s Ministry, Ann Courville, will have the children come down to the front and she will share a special message with the children. Between our two worship services (9:40am-10:30am) children ages 3-5th grade have Sunday School on the 2nd floor of the main church building. Youth from 6th grade through 12th grade meet on the 3rd floor of the main church building between worship services and then again on Sunday evenings.
7. How can I speak with a Pastor?
Our Pastors are available by calling the church office at (337) 436-6656 or via email:
Senior Pastor, Rev. Weldon Bares: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Pastor, Rev. Katie Black: email@example.com
8. What do United Methodists believe?
Please use the following link to read about United Methodist beliefs:
9. How can I get involved at First United Methodist Church?
We’d love for you to join us for any of our worship services, Bible Studies, Sunday School classes, fellowship events, or mission opportunities. You don’t have to be a member here to get involved in the life of the church. In fact, it’s a wonderful way to meet people, make new friends, enhance your spiritual growth, and help make a difference in the life of those in need in our surrounding community, our nation, and our world. Be sure to check out the website, our church bulletin, our Facebook page, or our seasonal newsletter to find out what’s happening here at the church. You can always contact the church office for more information about upcoming events at (337) 436-6656.