Parking access at rear of church from W. Pike St
Elevator Entrance from parking lot
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Welcome to the Spiritual Formation Website for First United Methodist Church. We invite you to discover an ever-deepening relationship with God through the many resources available. Take a moment and look at our new section, Opportunities for the Soul, which is a listing of specific retreats and workshops being offered, both within the Church and beyond. We hope that the resources we provide will assist people of God to delve deeper into the extravagant life-gift of God's love and grace.
Spiritual Formation is the process by which people are shaped by God's love and enabled to grow in their faith. We are spiritually formed through practices such as prayer, study, fasting, worship, and other disciplines. There are several programs at First Church which focus on spiritual growth. Here at First Church, we provide resources and information about Spiritual Formation, both in our church and elsewhere.
At First United Methodist Church, we are committed to helping those who are interested in forming or joining small groups. We believe that in a church of our size, it is important to be part of a smaller group in order to feel connected to others in Christ and to grow spiritually.
If you are interested in forming or joining a small group or would like more information about spiritual formation at First Church, please contact Rev. Harry Jenkins.
Spiritual growth is vital to the health of any congregation. At First United Methodist Church, we pride ourselves on the quality of our worship experiences, but we also realize that spiritual growth takes work beyond participation in a worship service. Therefore, we offer a variety of opportunities for Spiritual Growth during the course of the church year. Some are regularly scheduled programs; others are offered at selected times during the year.
Regularly Scheduled Opportunities
Monastic Meals Tuesday, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Parlor
Based upon an ancient tradition of gathering in silence to share a meal while scriptures and other spiritual writings are read aloud, the Monastic Meals of First Church provide a time of quiet reflection in the midst of the work day. Home-cooked meals are offered at nominal cost/donation. Those who choose may gather for prayer and rest in the sanctuary prior to the 12:15 meal.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. in the Parlor
Anyone who knits or crochets (or wants to learn) will be blessed by this growing ministry at First Church. Each week, folks meet for one hour for fellowship and prayer to work on the shawls for members of the church and community. Recipients of the shawls may be those who are ill, those who grieve, those who are elderly and alone, or those who are experiencing some sort of struggle or trauma in their lives. Others may receive a shawl in celebration of some joyful event in their lives or merely as a token of love and support from the congregation.
Each shawl, upon its completion, is dedicated and blessed by the entire congregation in a worship service before being presented to its recipient. Members of the prayer shawl team have found their work for this ministry to be a wonderful form of contemplative and intercessory prayer.
On the Way Home Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor or 3rd floor
Regular members of the On the Way Home group meet weekly to share experiences from their selected studies. Pastor and/or member led studies.