Welcome to the website of the Decatur First United Methodist Church. We are glad you have taken the time to visit. As you browse through the pages you will learn about the various ways we live out our slogan of “Growing in Christ, Sharing God’s Love.”

Our purpose is “Discipling our church to cultivate a legacy of Gospel-inspired servant leadership.” Jesus said “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27) and “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11). From our founding in 1834 to today, the prominent fruit of First United Methodist Church has been the servant leaders who have made a significant positive impact on this church, the city of Decatur, and the world. This website has been designed to introduce you to some of the ways we seek to live this purpose .

If you have never been to First Church, we invite you to come worship God and experience with us the presence of Christ . We offer two worship experiences each Sunday morning and discipleship opportunities designed to build up the Body of Christ for service in the world. We believe Christ is worthy of our worship and our worship leads us to acts of service and love in Christ’s name. We are called to gather together for worship, study, and prayer in order to go out and love as Christ loved and serve as Christ served.

We invite you to explore pages on this site to learn about the ways we seek to connect people to the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ, to grow believers in Christ and to send disciples out to serve others in Jesus’ name. You will find contact information if you have questions or desire more information.

So come on in, and explore what God is doing through the Body of Christ here at Decatur First United Methodist Church!

New to First Church?

We are delighted that you are visiting our website, and we look forward to meeting you in person whenever you choose to come, whether on Sunday or during the week. We are old, young, married, single, long time Methodists, from other denominations, new to the faith, and all totally imperfect. We are Americans and we’re from other countries. We each have a story to tell and they are all different. What we have in common is our desire to Grow in Christ and Share God’s Love with you, with others in our community and around the world as we strive to know, love, and serve God thanks to His gift of grace to each of us. We are all in different places in our faith journey, but with our church family to support and care about us, we are empowered to go forth and live intentionally with courage and the knowledge that no matter what, we cannot fall beyond God’s boundless love. We want you to be a part of this, too!

What Do I Wear?
Clothes! Whatever makes you feel comfortable is what you should wear. We’re interested in you as you are, and so is God.

How About My Kids?
We have wonderful programs for children and youth, and there is a place for your precious children in them. Please click on these links for additional information: Children  |  Youth

How About Me?
Many opportunities are available for adults in Worship Sunday School Service Small Groups, and Fellowship. Click on any of these links to find something for everyone.

How Do I Find You and When Can I Come?
You may click the links below for specific information, and you may also get the answers you need in our Welcome Center as you enter the church on LaFayette Street NE.

Worship Services & Church Office Hours
Maps & Directions
Sunday School: Children | Youth | Adults
First Fellowship & Wednesday Night Supper
Prayer Requests
Contact Us

I want to know more about First Church…
Who we are: Our Mission | Our Vision | Our History
What we believe
Our Staff
Photo Gallery
• Opportunities to Get Involved & Reach Out