First Church
Christian Education

Adult Classes


Sunday School

Sunday School is held each week, 9:15-10:15 in the Wesley Wing. This provides an opportunity for growth and learning. Class discussion focuses on the scripture used in weekly worship.


Disciple Bible Study 

One of the ways adults can grow in faith is through the study and experience of scripture.  The Disciple Bible Study is one of the best studies that exist in the Christian Church.  Persons who are not members of the church are invited to be part of the Disciple Bible Study classes.  Consider inviting a neighbor, friend or family member to join you. All participants begin with Disciple I, then after completing this study, there are many choices which do not have to be taken in order. Classes begin in September and continue through May. For more information, contact The Dean of Disciple Pastor Justin: The rotation of Disciple classes includes:


Disciple I (entire Bible)

Christian Believer (or Disciple V)



Disciple I (entire Bible)

Disciple III (Prophets/Letters of Paul)



Disciple I (entire Bible)

Jesus in the Gospels (or Disciple VI)



A journey from mourning to Joy, is a 12 week Christian based support group program to assist people in their recovery from the loss of a loved one.

Children & Youth Classes

Sunday School

is held each week September through May at 9:15 am in our Sunday School wing. Children from birth through high school are encouraged to participate.  The Children’s Sunday School uses Deep Blue curriculum published by the United Methodist Church. Classes are taught by volunteers. Classes for the 2018-19 church year include:


Nursery - birth through age 2

Pre-School - 3 & 4-year-olds

Early Elementary - Kindergarten & Grade 1

Middle Elementary - Grades 2  & 3

Older Elementary - Grades 4 & 5

Youth - Grades 6 through 12


For more information contact Sunday School Superintendent Pamela Garside-Meyers.



Rainbows is a new ministry for children and youth who have experienced loss through the death of someone close or divorce of parents.  The first 12 week session will begin September 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Trained volunteers lead small groups of children and youth. There is no cost for the program but registration is required.  Click here for registration forms and more information or email Pastor Susan Patterson-Sumwalt

Fellowship & Community

Pizza for Preschoolers

Every third Sunday, September through May, families with preschoolers meet at Kaiser’s for pizza right after the 10:30 service.


Acolytes and Cross Bearers

Volunteers who assist during the 10:30 service by carrying the cross and lighting the candles. Volunteers must be grade 4 through adult.

Youth Group

Youth in grades 6-12, meets Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 , as well as monthly Youth activities and mission projects throughout the year. 

Sunday Worship Volunteers

Each week a core of volunteers assist at service. Greeters welcome people at the door. Welcome Desk assistants answer questions anyone may have. Ushers hand out Highlighter/Bulletins and take the collections. Worship Assistants lead a variety of readings and prayers throughout the service. Training is provided to anyone who would like to be involved in any of these opportunities. The schedule is flexible for your involvement. Our days of worship run much more smoothly with the help of these volunteers.


Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is an SATB ensemble singing regularly from September through the first of June at the 10:30 worship service. They rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. 


Praise Band

Our praise band is made up of a variety of instruments and singers. They sing and play traditional praise and worship music as well as original pieces.  They rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. They lead worship every 5th Sunday.


Bond Bell Ringers

This outstanding, advanced handbell choir rings challenging sacred music. They rehearse on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm and ring in church monthly.