You are invited…

To: Learn and Worship With Us!

When: Sundays, 9 AM and 10:30 AM

Where: 2 S. College St, Athens, OH

What: THIRSTING FOR MORE: A Lenten Series

9 AM in the Chapel. 10:30 in the Sanctuary






Feature Events

Prayer Walks Continue

 PLEASE NOTE: THIS MONTH (March) Rick Seiter will not be leading his monthly Prayer Walks.

Join Kim Mather -  2nd Thursday of the Month - East Elementary 7:30 a.m.

 Join Rick Seiter – 2nd Wednesday of the month - Athens High school 7:00 a.m.,

 The Plains Elementary 7:30(+/-) and Chauncey Elementary 7:45(+/-)


​The First UMC Youth Fellowship will now be meeting on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th (when there is one!) Sundays of the month. For more detailed information, please click on the YOUTH section of the menu bar at the top of this web page. Thanks!

March/April 2015 edition of the church newsletter, "The Spire" available on line.

The March/April edition of our church newsletter, The Spire, is available here on the website. Click on the "ABOUT US" tab and follow the link to the newsletter. Blessings as you read!


Thirsting for More

Theseason of Lent is often a time when we think about “giving something up” – a hold-over from its penitential flavor in the medieval church.  But what if we thought less about what we

were giving up, and focused instead on that which truly satisfies the soul. We covenant together in the United Methodist Church to participate in the

practices of prayer, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  Join us this Lent as we explore these spiritual disciplines that satisfy the soul’s thirst for more.

Holy Week at First UMC

​Calendar of events for Holy Week, 2015:

Sunday, March 29: PALM SUNDAY. Remembering and celebrating Jesus' entry into Jerusalem; services at 9 and 10:30 AM

Thursday, April 2: MAUNDY THURSDAY: Recalling the events of the Last Supper and Jesus' betrayal -- including hand/foot washing, The Lord's Supper, Tenebrae, and more; service at 7 PM

Friday, April 3: COMMUNITY GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: Gather to remember the events of Good Friday in scripture, meditation, and song; service at 12 NOON

Growing Tree Preschool is now accepting applications for Fall 2015

​Growing Tree Preschool is excited to welcome new students this coming fall! If you would like more information about enrolling your child in Growing Tree Preschool, please contact Preschool Director Cathy Bigger at 740-593-3977, ext. 14. Click on the Growing Tree link above to learn more about our school!


​Join us to celebrate New Life in Christ this Easter Sunday. Please note the following schedule for the Day of Resurrection:

8:30 AM  First Service of Easter; in the Chapel

9:30 AM  Easter Breakfast; Fellowship Hall. Please bring a favorite breakfast item to share!

10:30 AM New Traditions Service; Sanctuary. Join us as we proclaim, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today!"

One Church, 2 Worship Options

At First United Methodist, each Sunday morning worship experience offers a unique expression of faith.  At 9 a.m., the Heritage Worship service utilizes classic hymns and liturgies in the intimate setting of the Chapel. 

At 10:30 a.m., the New Traditions Worship in the Sanctuary includes a breadth of song and liturgy, and the Chancel and other choirs. The same Scripture-based message will be provided at both services. Join us Sunday morning to worship!