First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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

We, the Church Council of First UMC of Kalamazoo, reaffirm our commitment as a Reconciling Congregation and our support of same sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ+ persons as biblically-based and theologically defensible.

Upcoming Events

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May Mission of the Month
May 1-31

Co-Ed Golf League
May 13 - August 19, 5:30 pm

Summer Worship Schedule
May 26 - September 1, 10 - 11 am

Family Fun Event: Spring Musical
Friday, May 31, 6 - 8 pm

Children's Spring Musical
Sunday, June 2, 11 am - 12 pm

Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, June 9, 10 am

Summer Kids Adventure Program (KAP)
June 24 - August 1, 9:30 am - 3 pm

Family Camping Trip
June 27 - July 1

The Michigan Area Bishop, David Bard, shared this message following General Conference 2019. CLICK HERE to read.

Letter from the pastors of Kalamazoo First UMC after GC2019. CLICK HERE to read.

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.

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.

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.

You can watch our Sunday
11:00 a.m. service LIVE
by clicking the image above. 

Upcoming Worship

Sunday, May 26, 2019
10:00 am
"Remembering to Remember"
Led by Rev. Julie Kline
Psalm 67, Deuteronomy 4:9-14

Godly Play for ages 4 through 9 is available durng the 11 a.m. worship service after the children's message. Nursery care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon.

Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.