First United Methodist Church in the Community

Saturday, October 4 from 8 am - 1 pm

As followers of God we are called to love and serve our neighbors. Join us for a church-wide day of service to the community. Through this event we put our faith in action and share the love of Christ by using our gifts and talents to serve those around us. Opportunities for service will include: Oak Ridge schools, Habitat build, home repairs, yard work, playing games and visiting with the people at the nursing home, sorting donations at the Habitat and KARM store, TORCH, and Agape House.

Volunteers will meet at the church for opening worship, and then spread out to serve in groups all over Oak Ridge. All ages and skill levels are welcome to serve. Sunday school classes, small groups, and families can sign up to serve together, and individuals are welcome to sign up as well.

 For more information or to register, please contact Crystal Smith at 483-4357 or by Friday, September 26.

New Times for True North!

Starting this Tuesday, True North will meet from 6PM to 7PM in the Loft. All 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to join us and learn about Methodist missionaries from around the globe! We will also be looking at the different situations each missionary faces in their area. 

From there we'll discuss how we can impact our own communities here at home and be positive forces for change! 

Click here for the schedule! (opens as a .pdf file) 

Or click here to visit the True North homepage! 

Friday Night Live Registrations Available!

Our monthly Parent's Night Out is accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year!  We offer this family ministry program every 2nd Friday of the month - from 6pm-10pm.  Details and registration forms can be found by visiting the FNL page on this website, or by clicking the logo.

When you plan your date night around FNL - you always have a babysitter!


Wednesday Night Connections

Wednesday Night at First United Methodist Church is a time to CONNECT.  A time to CONNECT with others and a time to CONNECT with God.  Check out our Wednesday Night programming beginning August 20, 2014 and running through mid-December!!  We will have dinner in the multipurpose room at 5:15-6:00pm followed by children’s choir rehearsal and spiritual studies for adults. Come and CONNECT with other brothers and sisters in Christ as well as CONNECT with God through study.

First Place Songs

Singing in First Place

Do you want to know the songs that we sing for worship in First Place better? There is a new page on It's under the worship heading and is titled First Place songs. I will update every week with all of the praise songs that we know we’ll be doing in coming weeks. I’ll also leave a week or two of past songs posted so that you can go back and find one that you really liked. I’m excited about this new page and want to kick it off with one of our new favorite songs that we’ll be doing for a while. It’s called “Christ In Me” by Tim Timmons.  

Youth Texting Service

Keep up to date with the latest Journey info by joining our Remind texting service!


Send a text to 865-262-8174 and type in the following (including the @): @1stjourney

Or, use this link: Journey Youth

College Texts

For our college kids - if you have a college student, we have also set up a service for them too. Send a text to 865-262-8174 and type in the following (including the @): @1stCollege.

Or, use this link: College


Centering Prayer Group

      Centering Prayer meets weekly on Tuesdays 12:00-12:45 pm in the Chapel. Led by Jenny Caughman, the group is open to anyone interested in learning about or practicing this method of meditative prayer.

      Centering Prayer is a form of contemplation in which we quiet our minds with the intention of opening ourselves up to God. For the first fifteen centuries of Christianity, contemplation and union with God was seen as the spiritual goal. This changed with the Reformation and the art of contemplative prayer was lost. Over the last 50 years, there has been a revival of, and renewed appreciation for, this deeply spiritual practice.

    The first 15 minutes will focus on teaching and discussion of centering prayer. (Persons who just wish to pray may come at 12:15.) Then there will be 20 minutes of prayer, followed by a brief opportunity to share, if desired. Drop by and open yourself up to God! For more information, contact Jenny at 483-4357 or