all-church tailgate


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."

The event features 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.  A brief communion only service at 8:15 am will happen in the Sanctuary.


all-church tailgate


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.  The church will provide water in bottles, but each tailgating station is encouraged to bring drinks (like coffee & juice) to share. 

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.

  For the tailgating portion of the morning, you might want to bring your lawn chair.  Seating for worship 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.  Water (in bottles) will be provided, but each group should bring drinks for their station, like coffee and/or juice. 

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

Worship happens at 10:30 am, outside. (An 8:15 am worship service with communion will happen in the Sanctuary).

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.