First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340

Upcoming Events

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Emerging Conversations
October 19 - May 24, 2015

Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 21, 11 am

Christmas Eve Services
Wednesday, December 24, 5 pm - 12 am

Christmas Caroling
Sunday, December 28, 11 am

New Year's Fest
Wednesday, December 31, 5:30 pm - 12:15 am

Young People Book Study
Sunday, January 4, 2015, 12:15 pm

Alzheimer's & Dementia Informational
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 9:30 am

Laity Sunday
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 8:30 am

Young People
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 12:15 pm

Join us for Christmas Eve Worship!

5:00 p.m. - Family service of song and story, First Beats Children's Choir
7:00 p.m. - Lessons, carols, candlelight, Chancel Choir and brass quintet
11:00 p.m. - Christmas story, candlelight, communion, First Singers Choir, flute
Childcare will be available at the 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. services on the 2nd floor

Holiday Office Hours

Christmas Eve – Closed at noon
Christmas Day – Closed
Day after Christmas – Closed
New Year’s Eve Day – Regular schedule 
New Year’s Day – Closed
Day after New Year’s – Closed

December 28 Worship

On the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's we wil have our traditional ONE worship service at 10:00 a.m.

Engage With Us!

Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo! We extend a welcome to all who would like to join us and be a part of our faith community that believes in celebrating, experiencing and sharing God’s love.  Although we are diverse in many ways, we are united in a common commitment to Christ and a shared vision of ministry to all of God’s people.

First United Methodist Church has stood at the heart of downtown Kalamazoo since 1833. As Kalamazoo’s oldest faith community, we continue to strive toward serving the spiritual lives of our members and reaching out to meet the needs of our community, our country, and our world—every day. There is a surprising link between Jesus' promise of abundant life and the deep satisfaction that comes with a commitment to the care of all our sisters and brothers.

On Sunday mornings, the Holy Spirit calls us to be creative, open and responsive in our worship. Our times of worship are Spirit-enriched, enhanced by music that both stirs and soothes the soul, and calls us to a path of strong discipleship that serves our neighbors and is active in the world. We believe that genuine faith expresses itself through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness—both within and beyond the church. We hope you will find that First Church fits your spiritual needs and becomes your “faith home.”

So whether you live in the Kalamazoo area or are passing through, we hope you will take the opportunity to join us for a Sunday service.  If you have questions or comments, please contact any of the church staff.  If you are in need of spiritual guidance or prayer, please contact one of our pastors.

Looking forward to meeting you!


Mission Statement

We are called to experience God’s love, celebrate God’s love, and share God’s love.

Vision Statement

We are a faith community, alive in Christ, open to all, growing in faith, serving our neighbors, and active in the world.


Upcoming Sunday

DECEMBER 21, 2014

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.


Rev. Steve Charnley

"God in the House"

Luke 1:26-38

Children's Christmas Program during the 11:00 worship service

"Calling All Angels!"



We are a Reconciling Congregation, welcoming all

First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo invites all persons to join us on our journey of faith. Jesus Christ calls us to be an inclusive church that exemplifies the kingdom of God. We strive to move toward reconciling relationships with all, affirming those who are marginalized for any reason, including sexual orientation or gender identity. We welcome all with open hearts, open minds, open doors.