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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, YOU and your family and friends are invited 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. 

If you are looking for a more traditional worship setting, there will be a service in the Sanctuary at 8:15 am. 

If you have questions please contact Chris Lee at clee@1stchurch.org or call him at 982-1273.

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 and please contact Chris Lee so he can make sure you have a spot (clee@1stchurch.org or 982-1273).

If you aren't part of a group, you can bring your breakfast dish or treats to the "Welcome Tent" that Rev. Sarah Slack is setting up.  (We're all hoping she has those great sausage balls again this year.) 

Worship under the big tent happens at 10:30 am, but there will be a worship service in the Sanctuary at 8:15 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. 


You could smell the bacon frying, hear the music playing and feel the excitement all around as 1st UMC got together for another All-Church Tailgating event on September 2, 2018. Watch the worship service below, featuring the music of Robinella. 

Scroll down for a look through the galleries of photos from this fun event where we take church outside!

Tailgating Memories