First Church is a progressive, local congregation of the United Methodist Church–which has more than 12 million members worldwide. We are a downtown church that...

Redding Regatta

Offering Great Music and Cool Sailing This Weekend! It’s going to be a hot weekend so why not head to the Brandy Creek Marina at...

Affirming Life in the Face of Occupation

With Guest Speaker Ata Manasra  from the West Bank Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin  Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Wadi Foquin is a...

Living God’s Love

On current racial unrest Posted In Faith in Action: gun violence prevention, The UMC mergers and unions, racism, peace-building on July 12, 2016   “We...

Illini 4000 Returns!

For the 3rd year in a row, First Church will host 20 college students participating in the Illini 4000 ride across the country to raise...

National Night Out • 2016!

  It’s our annual First Church block party! August 2, 2016 from 6 to 8pm in the South Street Parking Lot!           It’s back and...

Fall Fantasy Art Show

The Art Team is excited to announce our annual Fall Fantasy Art Show. The Fall Show will feature paintings (watercolor, oil, acrylic, or pastels) and...

Sermon Series: A Summer With Luke

An exciting summer is in store for all of us as we journey with Luke and Jesus! Luke, the physician, focuses on Jesus the Savior...

Summer of Wonder

            It’s summer and that means lots of fun activities! At First Church we offer unique programming called Summer of...

Community Events

Here are some exciting community events going on regionally that we would like to share with you.  Check ’em out! Wesley Neighborhood is planning a...

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Here at First Church, we believe the reach of God’s love is wider than our imaginations can fathom and without bounds...

That truly, “nothing can separate us from the love of God” (paraphrased Romans 8:38-39). Therefore we strive, as much as possible given our own imperfections, to put LOVE first. We love you regardless of your family structure, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, race, age, education, health, abilities, political views or spirituality. We welcome you to come worship and explore this great love of God together with us, and to work beside us to grow into disciples of Christ, for the transformation of the world.
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