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upcoming events  

and registration

Scroll down for a quick look at what's Happening at 1st in the coming weeks

and a look at the daily calendar.

For events needing signups, just click on the highlighted text.

Click here to read the church newsletter, The Church Bell.


Do you have a church related event you would like us to promote?

If so, click here, fill out the form and let us know about it.

Please provide us the information at least a month before the event.  

  • 1st UMC 101

    Sundays at 9:30 am

    April 23rd, 30th and May 7th

    Wesley Hall (upper level)

    Are you considering church membership or just want to learn more about the United Methodist Church or 1st UMC Maryville?  If so, be sure and check out this class.  

    Over the course of the three sessions you'll learn about the beliefs and structure of the United Methodist Class as well as get a closer look at 1st UMC-Maryville and how you can get involved in everything happening here. 

    Please contact Rev. Parker Benson at pbenson@1stchurch.org or call him at 982-1273 if you have any questions. 

  • United Methodist Women

    District Day Apart

    April 29th at 10:00 am at 1st UMC - Maryville

    All women are invited to attend!

    Whitney Winston, Director of Camp in the Community (CITC), will be the speaker at the event.  CITC is a ministry of Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries.  It is a week-long day-camp program for children in poverty.  The camp operates in partnership  with a host church located in an impoverished community alongside a sponsor church in the Holston Conference.  It is a high quality summer camp experience to those who could not otherwise afford to attend summer camp.

    Please sign up by clicking here to let us know you're coming.

    Lunch and the program cost $10.  It is $2 for just the program.  You can pay at the door. Registration will begin at 9:30 am. 

  • Safe Sanctuary Training

    Sunday, April 30th

    9:15 am in Room 254

    This training is for anyone who works with children or youth in the church.  The informative session is also necessary if you have not been trained in the past two years. Safe Sanctuary training provides you with answers on how to deal with many different situations that might arise when working with children and youth.

  • Conversation Matters

    The Crisis in South Sudan

    April 30th

    5:00 pm in Asbury Hall (lower level)

    The nation of South Sudan gained its independence in 2011.  Now, only a few years after its birth, this small African nation finds itself in the middle of a Civil War.   

    On April 30th, Dr. Eric Keels with the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, leads our conversation on the ongoing violence in South Sudan and what tools are available to the international community to help end it. 

  • From Segregation to Integration

    with speaker Shirley Carr Clowney

    Thursday, May 4th

    9:45 am to 11:00 am in Room 254

    Circle 1 of  the United Methodist Women invite ALL women to hear Shirley's story.  Shirley was was one of the first black women to enroll at Maryville College when it was re-integrated in 1954. 

    After graduation from MC, she taught school in New Jersey for many years.  Then in 1992, she returned to Blount County where she has been active in many organizations including the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society, Leadership Blount and the Blount County Anti-racism Task Force

    Shirley has spent many hours researching and documenting the history of African-Americans in Blount County. She is a historian, geneaologist, and community activist.

  • Welcome Table

    Volunteer "Thank You" Breakfast and training

    May 6th at 9:00 am

    Asbury Hall

    Welcome Table is one of the largest ministries here at 1st UMC.  Each Thursday volunteers prepare and serve more than 250 meals.  It takes a lot of volunteers to keep this ministry going.

    On May 6th, we want to say "thank you" to Welcome Table volunteers and welcome new ones.  During this time together Chef Amelia will be giving some quick reminders about volunteering as well as taking time to go over new health regulations.

    Please sign up here if you are planning to come or call the church office at 982-1273.

  • Celebrate Recovery Softball Picnic

    Saturday, May 6th

    4:00 to 6:00 pm

    Softball fields across the street from 1st UMC

    Come out to the softball fields across the street from 1st UMC for a couple of hours of food, fun and fellowship. Be sure and bring your lawn chairs, family and friends. The menue is ballpark food; hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jacks and drinks. You can play or just sit and watch. 

    For more information contact Leslie Ragland at tor13@yahoo.com

  • UFO Gathering (UnFinished Objects)

    Friday, May 12th and Saturday May 13th

    9:00 am until 4:00 pm

    Wesley Hall

    Do you have craft projects—knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, etc.--lying around the house that you plan to finish “when I have time”? Well, here’s your chance to cross them off your “to-do list.” Just bring your project, a beverage and a snack to share to this event. 

    ( Items may be left overnight Friday in Wesley Hall).

    Help us prepare for the event by signing up here

  • Vacation Bible School

    June 4th - June 7th

    Volunteer to be a part of the fun!

    Click here to fill out the volunteer form.

    For more information contact Denise Johns at 982-1273 or djohns@1stchurch.org

  • Ride for Recovery

    Saturday, June 10th

    Registration at 9:00 am

    Kickstands up at 10:00 am

    Come ride through Blount County's scenic countryside while supporting Celebrate Recovery. It all begins here in the church parking lot and ends with lunch here at the church.

    The cost is $25 for single riders and $35 for two-up.

    If you want to ride, please click here to sign up.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are interested email CRMaryvilleTN@gmail.com.

daily calendar

Thursday, April 27th

  6:00 am Men's Bible Study, 254

  5:00 pm Welcome Table, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

Saturday, April 29th

   9:00 am Pickleball, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

United Methodist Women - District Day Apart

Registration begins at 9:30 am

Event begins at 10:00 am

Sunday, April 30th

  7:35 am Morning Glory Chorus Rehearsal, 249

   8:15 am Traditional Easter Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

  9:15 am Sunday School, various rooms

  9:30 am 1st UMC 101, Wesley Hall

10:30 am Traditional Easter Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

10:30 am Contemporary Easter Worship, Asbury (Lower Level)

  4:30 pm  Youth Handbells, 252, 254

  5:10 pm  Celebration Singers, 249

  5:00 pm  Conversation Matters, Crisis in South Sudan, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

  5:15 pm  Evensong Handbells

Monday, May 1st

  6:30 pm Make Peace with Your Past, 254

Tuesday, May 2nd

7:00 pm Pickleball, Asbury Hall

Wednesday, May 3rd

Celebrate Recovery, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

  5:30 pm Light Meal

  6:30 pm Worship (Word Players)

  7:40 pm Small Groups

  7:30 pm Chancel Choir, 249

Thursday, May 4th

  6:00 am Men’s Bible Study, 254

  9:45 am UMW Circle 1, 254

  5:00 pm Welcome Table, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

Saturday, May 6th

  9:00 am Pickleball

  4:00 pm Softball Game & Picnic

                    (sponsored by Celebrate Recovery)

                    Softball fields across from Maryville Jr. High

Sunday, May 7th

  7:35 am Morning Glory Chorus Rehearsal, 249

   8:15 am Traditional Easter Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

  9:15 am Sunday School, various rooms

  9:30 am 1st UMC 101, Wesley Hall

10:30 am Traditional Easter Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

10:30 am Contemporary Easter Worship, Asbury (Lower Level)

  5:15 pm Evensong Handbells