Welcome to Lancaster First United Methodist Church!

 
We’re so excited to have you join us for worship. Whether you prefer a traditional or a more contemporary service, small group, or large congregation, we have many options for you and your family to worship and grow in your faith

Worship

Traditional Worship – Sundays – 9 a.m.

Praise Worship – Sundays – 10:30 a.m.

The Gathering – Wednesdays – 6 p.m.

Learn more about our services

What are the services like?

Sunday Celebration Worship (9 a.m.) includes hymns led by our pipe organ, use of hymnals, music from our choirs, pastors wearing robes, and other elements sometimes considered to be “traditional.”
Sunday Praise Worship (10:30 a.m.) includes praise songs and hymns led by our praise band and singers, with most songs and group readings projected on a screen. Pastors usually don’t wear robes, and they present a Children’s Time where the children gather in the front of the sanctuary.
The Gathering worship on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Crossroads is a smaller, more informal setting to experience the week’s scriptures and message.
All three worship times follow the week’s theme/topic, united by the reading of the same scriptures and presentation of similar sermons by the preacher of that week.
 

What should I wear?

 You’ll experience a big variety in what people choose to wear to worship at First UMC! From the more formal suits and ties and dresses to the very informal shorts and t-shirts, there’s a little bit of everything. Wear what you feel to be appropriate for you when you worship.

Where should I park?

There is a large parking lot (with several handicapped parking spots) on the corner of Mulberry and High Streets right next to the downtown church building, and a smaller parking lot across Wheeling Street from the church (next to the Rising House). There is also a significant amount of on-street parking on all of the streets surrounding the church building.

What is available for my kids at service?

Children are completely welcome in any of our worship services! We believe the sight (and sounds!) of a family worshiping together is an awesome blessing! There are activity bags available to help occupy any that might become restless. Our 10:30 Sunday worship includes a Children’s Time for children to receive their own special message. During our Sunday worship times, we also offer Sunday School for various ages and childcare through age 4 for those who prefer that option.

Who is there to welcome me?

We have a team of greeters at our north High Street entrance (an elevator entrance is immediately adjacent to that entrance) and at our Wheeling Street entrance to meet you with a smile as you enter the building and point you toward our sanctuary or Sunday School rooms. Additionally, a team of friendly ushers is in place in our sanctuary to help as needed.

Is there coffee or refreshments available?

In the Parlor, right next to our sanctuary, we provide coffee, juice, doughnuts, as well as some “healthier” fare. Our Spirit Café in the same room offers more coffee choices, smoothies, etc., all made to order.

Want to learn more? We would love to chat!

Contact us

First UMC

163 E. Wheeling St.

Lancaster, OH 43130

 

Crossroads Ministry Center

2095 W. Fair Ave.

Lancaster, OH 43130

 

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