First time at FUMC?

We know that attending a church service for the first time can be intimidating. Different churches have different customs, and being unsure of what the dress, culture, when to stand up and sit down, etc. can be a weirdly paralyzing thought! But we encourage you not to worry about that stuff!  At Philly First UMC, you will see people in jeans, in three-piece suits, and everything in between. You will be warmly greeted by our greeters and ushers as you enter, and we will be glad to help you find a seat if you so desire. The service is a traditional form of worship, but we also like to mix it up and use different instruments along with older and newer hymns and praise songs. While we are traditional in form, don't mistake that style of worship for a silent, unresponsive worship service. We like to clap and like to laugh as we sing, pray, and hear the reading and proclamation of scripture. If you have any questions about the church or the service, we encourage you to contact us in advance, and we will be happy to help you in any way we can.  We welcome you to Philly First UMC!

Our Worship Services

We have a single worship service every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The service is broadcast live each week on local Cable Channel 7, 102.3 FM, and via the LIvestream page on our website, YouTube Live, and Facebook LiveWe offer several special worship services throughout the year such as a Christmas Eve Communion Service, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week Services which occur on other days of the week in the evening.

sunday school

Sunday School meets Sundays at 9 a.m. We have classes for all ages and stages in life, and we’ll be more than happy to help you find a class that fits  you.

Children in worship

Children of all ages are always welcome in worship at FUMC, and we believe that children are best formed in the worshipping community. But we also know that not all children are prepared for worship at the same age.

Our Children's Church program is for 3-year-old pre-K through 4th grade every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month, when we celebrate Holy Communion. We believe it is important for families to participate in that Sacrament together. Worship Readiness will include child-friendly discussion and teaching to help children learn the elements of the church's worship and spiritual practices, including the Doxology, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer.


We have loving and playful volunteers to care for the youngest members of the church.The nurseries are for children from birth to 3 year olds.

We have childcare available for special church services, including Christmas Eve and Holy Week services, as well as for Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.

Growth Groups

Our Fall, 2019 Lineup is set!  We will kickoff WNL! on August 14 with a Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event where from 5:30-7:30 p.m. we will package 20,000 meals.  The studies will begin on August 28 with the meal at 5:00 and the studies beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Women’s Group

Study: A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

Leader: Hannah Hardy; Location: After-School Room


Perseverance is one of the greatest skills but also the hardest lessons we will learn in our lifetime. In this 6-session Bible study, join Nicki Koziarz as you learn to follow through on your commitments despite your feelings. Through the story of Ruth, learn 5 habits to help you become the woman who doesn't quit.

Women’s Group

Study: Determined by Heather Dixon

Leader: Joni Duncan; Location: Parlor


Live intentionally and embrace the abundant life! Do you drift through the day not appreciating the gift of every moment? It's easy to do. Learn how to make the most of each day by following in the footsteps of Jesus - the One who lived with a joy-filled determination, laser-focused on his mission to love the world.

In this 6-week study of the book of Luke, you'll follow the life and ministry of Jesus and consider the choices He made on His way to the cross. You'll find a model for intentional living that can be replicated to ensure that you live each day to the fullest, making a difference for God's kingdom.

Men’s Group

Study: First Peter by Kyle Idleman

Leader: Mark Duncan; Location: Library


This world looks nothing like the promised perfect kingdom of God. And yet we as God's people must live in it everyday. In The Book of 1 Peter, Kyle Idleman walks through the short letter and unpacks the importance of our witness in this world.


The world's not as it should be. Until the day that God rights all wrongs, we have a job to do. Let's be about the business of the kingdom.

Couples Group

Study: The Good Fight by Dr. Les & Leslie Parrott

Leaders: Blake & Jessica Pickering Location: Cornerstone Room


Discover the secret to a genuinely happy marriage! Drawing on extensive research and their years as marriage counselors, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott uncover common misbeliefs about marital conflict, showing couples how a good fight actually enriches a relationship, making it stronger. Men and women will learn what pitfalls to avoid, how to use conflict for good, and how to diffuse anger and hurt feelings. Filled with practical advice that couples can implement quickly and easily, The Good Fight helps husbands and wives build a relationship where harmony outweighs tension and peace finds a home.

Mixed Group

Study: Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived it

Leader: Bro. Chris Young Location: Seekers Room


Wesley’s message and his faith continue to speak to 21st-century Christians—calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed. Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley’s story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.