Holy Week / Easter

Join us for Holy Week services at First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge! 

Thursday, April 17 - Maundy Thursday Worship, 7 pm      

Friday, April 18 - Good Friday Service, 7 pm, Sanctuary 

Easter Sunday, April 20  

7 am  Youth-led sunrise service (Breakfast following for all)  

8:45 am Traditional Service, Sanctuary  

9:50 am Sunday School for all ages; Easter Celebration for Families on Lawn  

10:30 am Easter Egg Hunt for 3-year-olds to 5th graders  

11 am Traditional Service, Sanctuary  

11 am First Place Contemporary Worship Service, Multipurpose Room  

(Child care provided for all events except Sunrise Service)

Easter Morning Family Celebration

Join Us for Easter Morning!

Easter Celebration 9:50 - 10:45 am  

Families are invited during the Sunday School hour to mill around on the front lawn learning about the hope and resurrection of Jesus through storytelling and crafts.  This relaxed time of fellowship is a great place to meet other families - or to help out by hiding eggs!


Easter Egg Hunts 10:30 am

At 10:30am we will begin several Easter Egg Hunts.  Our youngest children ages 4 and down are invited to gather on the lawn between the memorial garden and the lower parking lot.  This easy slope will contain our easiest to find eggs.  Grades K - 3 should gather by the large front lawn on the sidewalk and Grades 4 and 5 will hunt inside the playground courtyard for a challenge!

For more information or to volunteer contact Kate Nintcheu, Dir. Children and Family Ministries

A Lenten Journey


Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 19). Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

 As we consciously turn toward God during this season of Lent, examining our lives and our relationship with God, you are invited to participate in a Lenten Journey, making the effort to spend more time with God in prayer and to reflect on your own faith journey.

All the Lenten opportunities are available here

Community Shoe Drive


 Nearly 300 million children world-wide lack a pair of shoes and over 740 million people a year are afflicted by soil transmitted parasites mostly because of a lack of shoes.


Keep Anderson County Beautiful (a 501c3 organization) and the 2014 Oak Ridge Earth Day Festival Committee are collecting all types of shoes to re-distribute in third world countries.  Once collected, the shoes are sanitized and sorted.  Some shoes are given directly to those in need.  Other shoes that require some repair are given to participants in micro-enterprises to fix and sell at a nominal cost to help sustain themselves.

 You can donate gently used shoes of any size in the Vienna Road entrance's Mission Collections Corner between now and April 24th, 2014.

Guidelines for shoe collection:

  • Shoes need to be tied together in pairs or secured in pairs with a rubber band (provided)
  • Paired shoes should be placed in plastic bags no more than 25 pairs in a bag.
  • All types of shoes are needed: sneakers, flip-flops, high heels, low heels
  • We need shoes for men, women and children.
  • Shoes should have some wearable life in them.

For more information: Pat Imperato 865-776-9248 or psimperato@aol.com

See www.orearthday.org for more details.

Combined Choirs concert May 18, 6:30pm


The adult choirs of First Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church, Oak Ridge, will be combining forces with a string orchestra to present the beautiful "Sunrise Mass" by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo on Sunday, May 18 at 6:30. Other selections will include music by Mozart, American composer Stephen Paulus, and director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mack Wilberg. The concert is free and open the public as a gift of sacred music to the community. 

A Wesley Woods Workday for Youth!

Attention all Youth! It's time to get together and clean up camp! Wesley Woods is gearing up for the summer camp season and they need our help to get ready. We'll be clearing brush, cleaning cabins, cutting down trees, rebuilding trails, and doing all kinds of things that needed to be done to make Wesley Woods ready for a full summer of faith and fellowship!

Click the logo to learn more about Wesley Woods!

Click the logo to learn more about Wesley Woods!

Who: 7th — 12th Graders
When: Saturday, April 5th
Where: Camp Wesley Woods
Why: To clean up camp!
Cost: $0! It’s FREE!

Depart from the church : 8:000AM
Return to the church : Late Afternoon

Deadline to sign up - Monday, March 30th. 

Click here for a flyer / sign up sheet!