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The Basics

Labor Day Weekend is the "unofficial" end of summer and the start of "fall and football".  A few years ago we had the idea to bring the fun of tailgating and church together in one super event and it was so much fun we've made it a "tradition."


This year on Sunday, September 1st, hundreds of people  came out to 1st UMC for a morning of fun, fellowship, music and worship.  Sunday School Classes and other church groups set up tailgating stations in the parking lot for everyone to enjoy.  10:30 am worship is under the big tent and this year worship features familiar hymns as well as our kickoff to our month-long Go.Do. efforts. 


We'll be doing this again on September 6,  2020

How do I participate?

The All-Church Tailgate is for people of all ages.   While several Sunday School classes set up tailgating sessions, Rev. Sarah Slack also sets up a "Welcome Tent" where if you aren't part of a group, you have a place to come, hang out, share some delicious dishes and take part in the fun.  


While bringing a breakfast dish to share is certainly a part of the fun, you are not obligated to do so.  Just come enjoy the bounty of God's gifts along with the fun and fellowship that goes with it and take the opportunity to get into the Go.Do. spirit.


  For the tailgating portion of the morning, you might want to bring your lawn chair.  Seating for worship under the big tent will be provided.  

What do I need to bring? 


Tailgating starts at 9:00 am, so if you want to set up a station be there at 8:45 am to set up.


If you aren't part of a group, you can bring your breakfast dish or treats to the "Welcome Tent" .


Worship under the big tent happens at 10:30 am.


If you have kids younger than 3-years-old that need care during the event, the nursery will be open. 


Throughout the event, we encourage you to take (and post) pictures to let everyone share in the fun.   Just use #1stTailgate or tag Maryville First United Methodist Church in your posts on Facebook.