worship at 1st

  • When you come to this informal worship service expected to be greeted when you arrive and be sure to greet the people around you.  Get your day started with the sounds of the Morning Glory Chorus and an inspirational message . 

  • During each worship service you'll hear the joyful sounds of treasured hymns, the voices of a large choir,  the majesty of a pipe organ and a message designed to inspire you.  At times you will also hear the alluring melodies of handbells, guest musicians and the sounds of children's choirs. The Sanctuary built in the late 1960's was renovated in 2015 to enhance your worship experience. 

  • The atmosphere in this service is responsive and engaging and a fit for every age. In this modern worship service, you will see a wide demographic represented. Come as you are and be prepared to encounter the Living God in a beautiful, life-changing way.

  • When children worship God, amazing things happen! At 1st UMC children are an important part of the church family and are welcome in EVERY worship service. For those who choose, we offer a worship service just for children 3-years-old through Kindergarten.  

    Kid's Own Worship is offered during during both 10:30 a.m. worship services.  At approximately 10:45 the children are given the opportunity to go with adult leaders to the children's hall where they participate in worship time specifically tailored to their age.  

  • The Celebrate Recovery ministry models a healthy Christ-centered community of sustained recovery.  This recovery ministry seeks to reclaim, restore, and rebuild broken people into living testimonies for Jesus.   Wednesday evenings begin with a free meal at 5:30 pm.  Worship is at 6:30 pm and at 7:40 pm Share Groups meet.  You can learn more about this ministry at CRMaryvilleTN.com

REACHing others with a

focus on worship

As a community of faith, the people of 1st United Methodist Church have been worshipping for more than 150 years.  Whether you are joining us online or in-person we hope our time together is meaningful and that you feel welcome as we come together for worship.  Throughout the year we may focus on certain topics so be sure and scroll down for a closer look at what's happening each week during worship.  

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december 2023 sermon focus


people of the

christmas story

In the weeks leading up to Christmas we see decorations of all types.  But it's the nativity we are focused on this season. Baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph and shepherds are probably the most common characters we see in Nativity scenes, but there are others who play an important role that are most likely left out.  

During the four weeks of Advent (the time leading up to Christmas Day) we take a look at the unlikely characters of advent and what they teach us about our faith and our relationships with God and others. 

Sunday, December 3rd

What if I missed it? - The story of Elizabeth and Zechariah

Sunday, December 10th

Playing the Villain - The story of King Herod and questions about redemption

Sunday, December 17th

When God Shows Up - The story of the Shepherds and how to listen and let God guide you where you need to be. 

Sunday, December 24th

(One morning service)

A Curious People - The story of the Magi and how they remind us to reach out to those we might consider outsiders. 



worship events

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...