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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.  

Church is certainly more than just a place to worship on Sunday mornings it 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.

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    1st UMC, what to expect when you visit and how to contact us.

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    Each Sunday

    8:15  & 10:30 Traditional

    10:30 Contemporary

    Each Wednesday @ 6:30 pm

    Celebrate Recovery

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    AT 1ST

    No matter what time of year, there is something happening .  Get a closer look and sign up for events by clicking here.

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  • Celebrate Recovery

    A Christ-centered community of recovery featuring fellowship, worship

    and share groups.

    Meets on Wednesday nights.

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    Whether it's volunteering for the Welcome Table,  serving as a host for Family Promise, or going on a mission trip,  church can happen anywhere. 

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  • 1ST KIDS

    From Sunday School and Vacation Bible School to special events just for children, find out what's happening with

    1st Kids Ministries. 

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    Whether it's a time of fellowship (and fun) on Sunday nights, or a mission trip making an impact, the youth ministries program aims to help strengthen the relationship youth have with God. 

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    The sounds of music are alive and well at 1st UMC.  A 70+ member chancel choir, a contemporary praise band, a youth choir, children's choirs, handbells and an orchestra, all provide ample opportunities to those who love to play music or who just love to listen.

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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

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.

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

Story time with "Miss Nancy"

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, a recovering addict 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

Wildfire pilots praise pond-filling family

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