We look forward to you joining us in worship! We welcome you to come as you are to praise, worship and grow in your faith. Is this your first visit? Here’s what to expect.

Celebration Worship

Sundays – 9 a.m.
Sunday Celebration Worship includes hymns lead by our pipe organ, use of hymnals, music from our choirs, pastors wearing robes, and other elements sometimes considered to be “traditional.”

Praise Worship

Sundays – 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Praise Worship 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

Wednesdays – 6 p.m. – Crossroads
The Gathering worship at Crossroads is a smaller, more informal setting to experience the week’s scriptures and message.

Mask Announement from Rev. Dr. Brian Jones


I just wanted to update everyone on our policies in light of the mask mandates and requests from the Governor.

Our goal is to stay within the mandate guidelines with a consistent policy for all we do.

Our policy for Worship has been: Masks are strongly encouraged when you come to worship. We have extras if you need one. However, if you have a medical or compelling reason not to wear a mask, that is fine. If someone does not wear a mask, they won’t be questioned. We will respect everyone’s privacy and strive to act with grace.

This same policy is extended to meetings at any of our church buildings. Masks are encouraged, we will try to have some extras on hand, and we will assume a medical or compelling reason if someone doesn’t wear a mask. We will continue the assumption that you love your church family and are willing to go the Biblical “extra mile” to insure safety and comfort.

The only exception is anyone who is in the basement area during our community lunches must wear a mask to insure we keep the food, our guests and volunteers safe.

Truthfully, you have already been doing exactly this, and we are grateful. Your flexibility and attention to our social distancing plans have made being open much easier for us.

In Christ,

Brian <><


Sunday School

Sunday school and Christian education classes are held for nursery through adult, no matter where you are in your faith journey. View our class schedule here.

Youth Services

We invite our youth in junior and senior high school to attend our weekly group gatherings and special events. View our youth events here.

Aug 2, 2020
Seeds: Growing in Grace: Abundance
Isaiah 55:1-5 & Matthew 14:13-21
  • Aug 2, 2020Seeds: Growing in Grace: Abundance
    Aug 2, 2020
    Seeds: Growing in Grace: Abundance
    Isaiah 55:1-5 & Matthew 14:13-21
  • Jul 26, 2020“Seeds: Growing in Grace: The Smallest Things Change the World”
    Jul 26, 2020
    “Seeds: Growing in Grace: The Smallest Things Change the World”
    Psalm 119:29-39  & Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
  • Jul 19, 2020Seeds: Growing in Grace: Growing in the Weeds”
    Jul 19, 2020
    Seeds: Growing in Grace: Growing in the Weeds”
    Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
  • Jul 12, 2020Seeds: Growing in Grace: Fertile Ground
    Jul 12, 2020
    Seeds: Growing in Grace: Fertile Ground
    Isaiah 55:10-13; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
  • Jul 5, 2020“Seeds: Growing in Grace: Joy Comes”
    Jul 5, 2020
    “Seeds: Growing in Grace: Joy Comes”
    Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Matthew 11:6-19, 25-30
  • Jun 28, 2020“When He Comes: What’s Holding You Back?”
    Jun 28, 2020
    “When He Comes: What’s Holding You Back?”
    Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 & Romans 6:12-23
  • Jun 21, 2020“When He Comes: A New Life”
    Jun 21, 2020
    “When He Comes: A New Life”
    Romans 6:1-14; Psalm 139
  • Jun 14, 2020“When He Comes: Authority”
    Jun 14, 2020
    “When He Comes: Authority”
    Matthew 9:35-10:8; Psalm 100
  • Jun 7, 2020“When He Comes: Agree”
    Jun 7, 2020
    “When He Comes: Agree”
    Peace with Justice Sunday
    2 Corinthians 13:11-13 & Matthew 28:16-20
  • May 31, 2020“When He Comes: Overflow”
    May 31, 2020
    “When He Comes: Overflow”
    Scriptures: Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39

 Wednesdays are BIG at First

From Bible study to dinner and fellowship, Wednesdays are big at First UMC. All Wednesday activities are hosted at our Crossroads location. 
Pastor’s Bible Study – 4 p.m.
Fellowship Dinner – 5:30 p.m.
Youth Give Back – 5:30 p.m.
The Gathering – 6 p.m.
Disciple Bible Study – 7 p.m.
Due to COVID-19, Pastor’s Bible Study, Youth Give-Back, and Disciple Bible Study plan to meet again soon. The Gathering is still taking place, practicing social distancing.  Fellowship Dinners are fun Drive-Thru events. Please check the Fellowship Dinner page for more information.
If you would like a previous copy, please contact the church at 740-653-3330, or email lisaschenck@love-first.o
Safe Sanctuaries
Safe Sanctuaries allows our sanctuaries, classrooms, mission encounters, camps, retreats, and all spaces where we gather to worship and serve God to be places of trust. View our Safe Sanctuaries policy here.

Lancaster First UMC

163 E Wheeling St.

Lancaster, Ohio 43130


Crossroads Ministry Center

2095 West Fair Ave.

Lancaster, Ohio 43130