First off, thanks for checking out our website. We know that there are a number of reasons why you might have come to this page, but we are simply glad that you took the time to stop by. That’s how we feel about everyone who stops in on Sunday mornings, as well. No matter what your week has been like or even what your life has been like, we are simply glad to worship God together.
First United Methodist Church was created “in the heart of the city for the hearts of the city.” Sometimes our worship services are accompanied by both the majestic sounds of our outstanding music program as well as the sounds of sirens blaring. Among us you might meet a family that has two dads or two moms, perhaps only one parent, but you will also meet children with male and female parents. Some Sundays you might sit in between the owner of a company, an attorney, or a doctor and someone who slept on the street last night. We look like Charlotte. We all bring our own personal baggage, but we bring what we have and what we are to honor Christ and one another in this place. Serving God in the Way of Jesus is sometimes complex, but anything that has profound spiritual value should be.
As you look around our website, check out the diversity of people, the variety of ways we experience God, our commitment to beauty, and our hunger for compassion and justice. You’ll see descriptions of worship experiences designed to uplift and challenge, hands-on, make-a-difference outreach and mission programs, vibrant music experiences, and our children and youth program known for its depth and energy. So, while we are blessed with one the premier worship spaces in the Southeast, our richest blessings are the people who come together—members, visitors, pilgrims, leaders, followers, poets, and heretics can all find a place to serve Christ here.
We affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and as children of God, each of us are worthy of God's grace and love.
We strive to live the love of Christ through our worship of God and service to all.
We believe the Kingdom of God includes people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, social and economic status, mental and physical abilities, and those with and without homes- Every child of God is welcome in this congregation and we do not discriminate against any group in our midst.
We invite everyone to join us on our journey as we practice loving acceptance of each person and respectful discussion of our differences.
Sundays at 9 AM Alternative worship service with more casual atmosphere. 3rd floor of Education Bldg.
10 AM Spiritual formation groups for all ages.
Sundays at 11 AM in the Main Sanctuary.
Childcare is provided on Sundays beginning at 8:45 AM.
Parking at First UMC is free and easy. Enter our parking garage on W. 9th St. between N. Tryon St. and N. Church Street (we share this with the 525 office tower). Take a ticket, park close to our two elevators on the right, and bring your ticket inside for validation. The first elevator on the right connects to our church offices and Child Development Center. The second elevator on the right connects to our Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. On Sundays, guests who prefer surface parking may park free of charge directly across N. Tryon St. at Gantt Huberman Architects or Woodie's Auto Service.
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