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First United Methodist Church offers a variety of ministry opportunities.  Please explore our website or contact the church office at 217-356-9078 for more information.  Also, check back to this page often as we are currently updating our list of ministry opportunities.


ARK (Accepting Responsibility for Kids) provides parents with steady, reliable care for their children during worship services, Sunday School, and meetings. Child care is available for infants through ten-year-olds in Room 222 from 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact Meredith Garreau at 217-356-9078 or

BLAST (3yrs - 5th Grade)

BLAST is a program for children, 3-years-old - 5th grade. The Sunday gatherings will include dinner and fellowship together, worship songs, a Bible story, games, crafts, and sometimes a video, all typically centered around one lesson. The program will be multi-generational and family-oriented. We ask for parent and other church member volunteers!

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Our mission is to be a safe, inviting place where adolescents meet, grow, and live in Christ while addressing their needs so they may enter adulthood as Christian disciples, ready to introduce others to Christ’s healing. Ways that we live out our mission include: Youth Group, High School Bible Study, Confirmation, & Youth Music.

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Vacation Bible School is held each summer for children ages preschool through those entering sixth grade. The time and format vary. Children from other churches, the neighborhood, or anywhere are welcome. For more information contact Pamela Pendleton at


New Designs For Living is an educational and social ministry for and by older adults. For information, contact Meredith Garreau at 356-9078 or


We offer a variety of classes at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday during the school year. See the table below or contact Meredith Garreau at 217-356-9078 or for more information.

Children and Youth Sunday School

  • Infant - 4 year olds: Room 222
  • Kindergarten - 5th Grade: Room E*
  • Middle & High School: Room H*

Adult Sunday School Classes

  • New Beginnings: Chapel
  • Discoverers: Room 223
  • Young-Middle-Aged Adults: Room F*

*Class located on lower level of church


Wesley Covenant Groups is a program of small (6-12) group Bible study. Groups meet throughout the week with day and evening class times. All groups study the same curriculum and are led by lay people (not pastors). There are two “semesters” of study: Fall and Spring. Each semester runs for 6-8 weeks. In the tradition of John Wesley (founder of the Methodist church), Wesley Covenant Groups focus on developing a caring fellowship among group members to promote comfort in sharing questions about faith. Group members bond in a way that provides support through the ups and downs of daily living. Click on Learn More for more information.

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The United Methodist Women (UMW) have a long and rich history in the church. Our (local) UMW activities benefit our members as well as the Church, local community and mission projects. You are invited to attend one of the following Circles: Dorcas or Sarah

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If you are interested in music, our music ministry offers multiple opportunities including the following: Chancel Choir, Youth Music, Angel Choir, Chancel Ringers, Instrumental Ensemble, Festival Choir, & Choral Union.

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Submit a prayer request by filling out the yellow insert in the Sunday bulletin or by contacting Sharon Johnson at 217-356-9078 or Confidential prayer requests are only shared with the Directing Pastor. Prayer lists are distributed by email each week. Contact Sharon if you wish to receive them.


Wellspring Health & Wellness provides health and wholeness-related programs and services to both church members and community residents. For more information, call the church office at 217-356-9078.


  • Center for Healthy Aging
  • Connecting Hearts Homebound Visits
  • Stephen Ministry
  • Minds in Motion Program
  • Parish Nurse
  • Transportation

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Austin's Place is the only emergency shelter for single women in Champaign County. Austin’s Place operates solely on volunteer effort - from volunteers who stay overnight, transport guests, do laundry, make phone calls, advertise, collect donations, etc. Dedicated service meets significant needs and provides valuable support to all the guests that come through our doors.

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Local Outreach offers opportunities to serve our neighbors through our food pantry, Habitat for Humanity, housing rehab, empty tomb, and many others. For more information contact Ruth Moore at 217-356-9078 or


National & Global Outreach offers mission service and giving opportunities through disaster relief, work teams, and ministry and missionary support around the world. For more information contact Ruth Moore at 356-9078 or


Our yearly summer mission trip to Appalachia involves a week of connecting with people in Appalachia and helping with home repair. Check in the early Fall for trip details as trip preparations and fundraising begin early. For more information contact Meredith Garreau at 217-356-9078 or

Cub/Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew

First United Methodist in downtown Champaign has a long history with the Boy Scouts of America. Three BSA Units provide a well-rounded Scouting program to young people from Kindergarten through High School. For more info, click below for a quick look at our programs.

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First United Methodist Child Care Center (FUMCCC) is licensed by DCFS, serving approximately 100 families in Urbana, Champaign, and surrounding areas.

FUMCCC strives to provide a welcoming environment where children learn and grow through hands-on exploration. By taking time to observe and get to know each child as an individual, we can respond to their individual needs and provide appropriately challenging activities that engage to the whole child. Teachers use the Creative Curriculum to plan learning experiences in a combination of teacher-directed activities and child initiated activities that are spontaneous and flexible enough to move easily between the two.

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