Perfect?  Neither are we.  Struggle sometimes? Yeah, us too.  Carrying a heavy load?  We know the smell of Ben Gay, too.  Sounds like we'd get along well together.  We've probably got a lot more in common, too.  The great thing is, First Church isn't a place for perfect people.  It's a place where real people can gather, lay down their burdens, find some refreshment, and find a shoulder or two to help them keep moving forward.  There's something you need to know: we're glad you're here.  Know that with us, and with God, you are accepted, secure, and significant.  When you're with us, you're family.

We've got a place for you!

No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, we've got a place for you and your family...

  • Family@First

    Family at First Church means everyone!  We offer a wide variety of programming and events that involve the whole church family, and we want everyone to be a part of that family.  We believe family, fun, and fellowship are important parts of the Christian discipleship journey. Come and be a part!  Click here to learn more.

  • preschool

    First United Methodist Preschool believes that every child is a child of God.  We believe that the lesson of God's love for each end every one of them is something the children will carry with them throughout their lives.  We employ an age-appropriate, learn-by-doing curriculum, and encourage children to initiate and participate in free play experiences. Click here to visit our website.

  • first youth!

    First Youth! offers a place where middle school and high school students can build face-to-face relationships, grow in grace, and have a great time while doing so.  Worship, music, sports, games, service, travel, food, fellowship--we do it all!  Don't have a church youth ministry home?  You are important, and you are invited!  Email youth@firstunitedjoplin for more information on our wide variety of weekly opportunities designed to meet varied needs and schedules.

  • uncomfortable

    Uncomfortable is First Church's college age ministry, which meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30.  It's an opportunity for students at this critical stage of life to dive into the Word and find out what God has to offer them.

  • 55+ Lunch bunch

    Come be a part of our vibrant fellowship for folks 55 and older.  Our motto is Faith, Fellowship, and Fun!  We meet on the second Tuesday of each month for a time of devotion, a fantastic catered meal, and an entertaining program.  Our mission is to provide an avenue of fellowship for older adults, whether they are members of First Church or not.  Won't you joint us?  We'd love to have you!