Whether you are testing the waters of your faith or already immersed in it, 1st United Methodist Church of Maryville invites you to this community of faith.

The church's mission is to:

TELL the world about Christ

TEACH the world through his love and message and

TOUCH others in order to transform the world. 


Online worship continues each Sunday at 10:00 am

In-Person Worship is at 8:15 & 10:30 am in the Sanctuary (following COVID-19 safety protocols).

Celebrate Recovery and its Share Groups are meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in Asbury Hall and streaming online.

CR Share Groups meet at 7:00 pm . 



Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of everyone we are requiring the following for all in-person activities:

  • face masks
  • social distancing
  • bring a contact card (listing everyone in your party) or fill one out when you enter




We continue to work with ministry partners and organizations like Good Neighbors, The Community Food Connection, and Family Promise even as we aren't meeting in-person at the church. 

On Thursday evenings we still provide "to go" meals as part of our long running Welcome Table ministry.  

If you are needing to contact us, please call

  865-982-1273 or email us at info@1stchurch.org. 

Church is certainly more than just a place to worship on Sunday mornings.  Church can happen anywhere. 

The people of 1st United Methodist Church are hard at work making a difference in people's lives

here in Maryville/Blount County and all around the world.



Whether it's the Welcome Table on Thursday nights, a mission to Latvia thousands of miles away, or working on a local Habitat for Humanity home,

the people of 1st United Methodist Church are called to serve as the hands and feet of Christ both here at home and around the world.   

Two of our largest ministries are the Welcome Table and Celebrate Recovery.  

Both happen here at the church building, but are helping people all across Maryville and Blount County.   

1st UMC also supports the Community Food Connection of Blount County, Good Neighbors of Blount County, Habitat for Humanity, 

and is a host site and participant in the Family Promise program. 

Learn more about serving at 1st by clicking here.

If you are ready to serve, let us know what areas interest you by clicking here. 

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From time to time, media outlets put the spotlight on 1st UMC and folks here who are working to make the community better.  Below are a few of these stories from local media. 

*Be aware, some publications limit the number of free stories you can read.

Prayers for Our Country

The death of George Floyd and the response to it has dominated recent news coverage.  Senior Pastor Rev. Catherine Nance offers up her response to the situation as she asks for prayers for Our Country. 

Leading by example

Knoxville's Cityview magazine profiles veteran and 1st UMC member Owen Ragland

Celebrate Recovery and the Holston Annual Conference work to fight opioid addiction

WATE's Laura Halm:  Mission of addiction recovery through faith growing among East TN churches

1st UMC Member recognized for his selfless work with Habitat for Humanity

Read more about 91-year-old Bill Mueller's volunteering in the Maryville Daily Times

1st UMC member is honored for 35 years of leading youth in Scouting

Read more about Dean Moss and his work with Scouts over the year and his recent honor. 

Welcome Table Celebrates 10-years at New Providence

Read more about the beginnings and successes of The Welcome Table, a ministry that began a decade ago at one church, eventually becoming a big part of ministry at 1st UMC. 

Sudanese refugee, a familiar face at 1st UMC,

receives the keys to her Habitat Home

 Read more about the dedication of the home of Nyadeng Kuot in 2018.

Local Television station comes out for the All-Church Tailgate at 1st UMC

Click here to watch WBIR 10 News coverage of our 2nd annual All-Church Tailgate event. 

Celebrate Recovery speaker talks about why "Change is possible"

Read more in the Maryville Daily Times about the struggles Jeff Stultz encountered and how he went from being a hopeless dope addict to a dopeless hope addict. 

1st UMC family marks 5 generations working at the family business

Read more about the latest member of the West family working at West Chevrolet

1st UMC'er spends time volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club

Read more about Marty Miller and how she and other volunteers are making a difference in children's lives.

The gift of life: Maryville Woman becomes living donor for 1st UMC's Director of Music

Church member Teresa Morton and Director of Music, Terry Wilson will forever have a special bond after Teresa donates a kidney to Terry.  Read their story in this Daily Times article. 

UT expert brings South Sudan solutions to 1st UMC

Read more in the Daily Times, about this important discussion that was part

of the church's Conversation Matters series. 

Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards for community projects

Three young women are given a special award for their achievements in Girl Scouts.

Click here for the Daily Times story.

Family Promise celebrates the grand opening of its new Day Center

Click here for the Daily Times story. 

District Superintendent looks to Senate for energy leadership

Click here for the Daily Times story. 

Young voices from all over Maryville come together at 1st UMC

The 28th Spring Sing in the Smokies brought together children in grades three through eight for a big concert in the Sanctuary of 1st UMC.  Throughout the day, they could be heard getting ready for the big event.

More on this special day in the Daily Times

Habitat for Humanity dedicates a home in Alcoa

1st UMC and churches across the Maryville District pitched in to help build a home on W. Howe Street in Alcoa. Read more about the dedication in the

Daily Times

Couple Remembers an Old Family Drug Store

Marvin & Jimmie Eaves (members at 1st UMC) talk about their time owning

Martin's Drug Store on Washington Street in this Daily Times article.

Gala Raises Money for City Schools

During an event to support Maryville Schools, 1st UMC Members Jerry and Francis Hodge received the Foundation Partnership Award.  Other members, Julie Elder and Doug Jenkins were also featured in this Daily Times article. 

Rebuilding Homes, Rebuilding Lives

1st United Methodist Church is part of the Holston Conference which

is teaming up with Appalachia Service Project to rebuild homes in Sevier County.

Three cores of Civility 101

Opinion piece in the Daily Times from 1st UMC member Timothy Lomperis

Church is a Community

Clayton Hensley, the Director of Communications at 1st, recently got a chance to interview one of the founders of the Christian group Rend Collective.  The band led worship at this year's Resurrection 2017 event for youth.  Click below to read what advice band member Gareth Gilkeson has for youth.

Interview with Rend Collective


2017 Appalachian Trail Chaplain brings message to Celebrate Recovery

Matt Hall (Associate Pastor at 1st UMC)  is a recovering addict who served as the 2017 Appalachian Trail Chaplain.  He said his journey to recovery has been one of adventure and one that is helping him pursue his dream of hiking the AT.

The woods are calling: Holston Conference chooses next AT Chaplain

Maryville Daily Times

Family Promise Director receives Athena Leadership Award

Several times a year, 1st UMC hosts homeless families that are part of the Blount County Family Promise program.  Recently the director of the program received an award for her work helping others.

Passion for the homeless

Maryville Daily Times