First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

Welcome, and rejoice with us in the Lord!

All times of worship are a living testament to our mission statement of experiencing God’s love, celebrating God’s love, and going out into the world to share God’s love. 


September 13, 2016 - May 21, 2017

8:30 a.m. Early Worship Service

Our early worship is a small gathering that provides an easy way to get to know other participants. Both the 8:30 and our 11:00 a.m. are similar in content when it comes to the Scripture, sermon, and liturgy. The early worship includes the First Singers Choir. Special guest musicians and the Handbell Ensemble are also present on certain Sundays.

11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Our 11:00 a.m. worship is our largest gathering and is filled with the joyful excitement of our children. This time of worship includes a children's message, after which the children may remain in worship or children ages 4 through grade 2 may be escorted to the second floor for Bible enrichment. First Puppets also may provide a skit during the children's message time. The 11:00 service includes the Chancel Choir. Special guest musicians, our children’s First Bells and First Beats choirs, and the Handbell Ensemble are also present on certain Sundays.

9:30 a.m. Emerging Worship Service

On the second Sunday of each month we offer Emerging Worship at 9:30 a.m. in Wesley Hall. Our Emerging Worship is a relaxed and changing atmosphere, where good coffee and interactive worship are a part of the experience.  Poetry, videos, visual arts, prayer centers, and a wide variety of music are all used to create this engaging time of worship.  Please see the "Emerging Worship" dropdown from the "Worship with Us" tab for a more complete description of this worship and join us for a spirit-filled soul feast on a second Sunday.

Children in Worship

We encourage parents to bring their children to worship with them from the time they are very small, so that they can participate in some or all of the worship service. We strive to make the services meaningful for all ages through familiar hymns, special music, and a children’s message.  Worship activities for young children can be found on a cart located outside the Sanctuary in the hallway.

Infant Care

Babies are welcome! Nursery care is provided for children infant through 3 years old on the second floor from 9:15 a.m. through the end of the 11:00 a.m. service during our regular worship schedule. During the summer months, it is available from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Our nursery is complete with a separate infant room, creative wall murals, and a kitchenette to warm bottles. Be sure to bring your diaper bag so that the nursery staff can give bottles or change diapers as needed. A Family Room is located in the balcony for those families who wish to worship in a private setting. A pew, rocking chair, play mat, toys, books, hymnal, and Bible are available.


May 28, 2017 - September 3, 2017 Summer Schedule

10:00 a.m. Worship Service

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, we switch to our summer worhsip schedule with one service at 10:00 a.m. On second Sundays of the month (June 11, July 9, August 13), the 10 a.m. worship service is in the Emerging Worship style, located in the lower level Wesley Hall. After the children's message, children ages 4 through 2nd grade are invited to "Godly Play," a story and activity time. Child care for infants and toddlers is available from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. on the secure second floor. Each Sunday immediately following the worship service, everyone is invited to join together in the Perks gathering area to enjoy refreshments and social chat. It is a nice time to meet and get to know visitors and new members, as well as a time to catch up on the activities of friends during the past week. During the summer months, church families and committees provide refreshments.