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.

Everyone: We are so excited to be able to worship together in person again. But we are also taking every step possible to insure both your safety and level of comfort. For July, our Communion service will be available for the Online Worship only. we will not have in-person communion in Worship for July. This means that our Online Worship will be slightly different this week than what you experience on Sunday morning. We encourage all of our online worshipers to be prepared with elements for that part of the service.

If you attend on Sunday morning, please remember you can watch the service again online and take Communion perhaps together with family and friends if they worship with you. We will also offer Communion in person at The Gathering on Wednesday July 8th, as it’s a smaller group.


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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.

Jun 28, 2020
“When He Comes: What’s Holding You Back?”
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 & Romans 6:12-23
  • 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
  • May 24, 2020“True Benefits: Anxious No More”
    May 24, 2020
    “True Benefits: Anxious No More”
    Scriptures: I Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11
  • May 17, 2020“True Benefits: Courage”
    May 17, 2020
    “True Benefits: Courage”
    Scriptures are: 1 Peter 3:13-18; Acts 17:22-34
    “True Benefits: Courage”
    Message by Rev. Dr. Alice Wolfe, Associate Pastor
    Director of Worship Arts: Clarence McCoy
    Worship Leader: Rev. Dr. Brian Jones, Senior Pastor
    Organist: Michael Snyder
    Special Music by Grace 4 Faith
    Altar Flowers: Mary Jo Bowen
    Video Editing: John Coen, Director of Creative Ministries
    If you would like to make an online offering for our ministries, please click here: https://www.love-first.org/give/
  • May 10, 2020“True Benefits: A Safe House”
    May 10, 2020
    “True Benefits: A Safe House”
    1 Peter 2:2-10;  Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
  • May 3, 2020“True Benefits: Strength”
    May 3, 2020
    “True Benefits: Strength”
    1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 “True Benefits: Strength” Rev. Dr. Brian Jones
  • Apr 26, 2020“True Benefits: Ransomed”
    Apr 26, 2020
    “True Benefits: Ransomed”
    1 Peter 1:17-23; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-29

 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.org
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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