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    8:30am in the Chapel


    9:45am in the Sanctuary


    11:00am in the Sanctuary

    101 E. Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Email: churchoffice@cvillefirstumc.org
    Phone: (434) 296-6193


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We are a large church made up of small groups. We understand that growing one's faith requires the support, attention, and nurturing that only small groups are able to provide. So, we offer short-term and long-term classes to help you to connect with others as you walk together on your faith journey.

If you have a suggestion for a small group that you do not see listed, or if you would like help connecting with a small group or class, please contact Carolyn McGee, Spiritual Life Coordinator.

With so many changes to our daily routines and schedules it can overwhelming trying to keep track of what has been canceled, postponed, rescheduled, or moved to an online meeting. It is our hope that we will keep this space regularly updated with important church announcements and information about meetings, rehearsals, or other ministry events that are taking place at First UMC over the next few weeks. Please email announcments@cvillefirstumc.org if you have any new information, additions, or corrections to this page.

You can also view the latest edition of our Midweek Update by watching the video below and/or you can view any of our previously recorded Midweek Updates by clicking on the playlist icon() at the top right-hand side of the video below:

 To read and access the latest copy of our weekly email please use this link: Latest Weekly Email

As a result of the wide-spread pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, and in compliance with an executive order by the Governor of Virginia that all public gatherings of more than 10 people are banned for a period of time, all of our public worship services have moved online. Everyone is invited to join us for worship on Sunday mornings by visiting our Facebook Page or our Youtube Channel

Supporting our Community:

If you are looking for ways to provide support, or if you need support in the greater Charlottesville area, please spend some time at https://www.supportcville.com/ - This website is the most up-to-date resource (both in and for our community) and there are currently local needs for medical/cleaning supplies for local healthcare workers. Make sure you scroll all the way down each page and you'll see ways that you can donate funds, time, and supplies, or receive those items as well. There is also a lot of information related to health resources and who to contact locally if you have any questions.

UVA Medical Center Needs Blood Donations - Virginia hospitals are experiencing a severe blood shortage across the state. UVA Health encourages members of the community who are healthy & eligible to contact the American Red Cross <https://www.redcross.org/> to make an appointment to donate at one of their fixed locations.  

Medical Supplies Needed - Our medical community is in dire need of supplies like face masks, gloves, household cleaners, etc. Please visit https://www.supportcville.com/equipcville to see what other supplies are needed and to donate!

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank - Needs healthy volunteers to work at the food bank. See their statement on COVID-19 and their Volunteer page. To find volunteer opportunities, click on this link.

Grocery Delivery Drivers Needed - Charlottesville Community Cares is receiving about 45 new requests for grocery deliveries every day and they NEED HELP! If you feel comfortable and safe going into grocery stores and shopping on behalf of community members who cannot do so for themselves, please reach out to cvillecares.grocery@gmail.com. Grocery shoppers must be asymptomatic and in households where everyone is healthy. You can either donate the cost of the groceries or be reimbursed by PayPal or check within 24 hours of your delivery. You can set your availability, but grocery trips tend to happen once in the morning and once in the late afternoon/evening. Once you get in touch with the Cville Cares Grocery Team, they can get you started. 

Cville Community Cares COVID-19 Resources - Cville Community Cares just published a resource guide with information on how to receive financial assistance, request for grocery/prescription delivery, COVID-19 hotline, emergency shelter, and Region Ten Emergency Services Hotline. Join Cville Community Cares network: bit.ly/cvillecare2020. Donate: congregatecville.com. Email: cvillecares@gmail.com.

Support Maria Chavalan Sut's GoFundMe - Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church has been providing sanctuary for Maria, an undocumented Guatamalan refugee, since 2018. Please continue to support Maria by contributing to her GoFundMe Fundraiser. Wesley Memorial is trying to raise $10,000 to support Maria's family as conditions worsen in Guatemala.


You can view our most recent Sunday Morning Worship Service by watching the video below and/or you can view any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking on the playlist icon() at the top right-hand side of the video below:

Our Adult Ministries are designed to prepare, challenge, and inspire women and men to a life of Christian discipleship. Our Sunday School classes, as well as information on our ministries that are focused on Women & Men can all be found in this section. If you have a question or a suggestion about our Adult Ministries, please contact Paige Lindblom, Nurture Ministry Chair 

We have an active Young Adult Ministry (roughly 18-35 year-olds) that includes a weekly small group, an inter-denominational Facebook group, and we also offer many opportunities for service and outreach.  You can find most of our young adults on Sunday mornings in the 9:45 Contemporary service although there are many who also appreciate and frequent our other services as well. If you have any questions or a suggestions about our Young Adult Ministry, please contact Patricia Hott.

First United Methodist Church recognizes how important the middle and high school years are - they are a time of challenge, change, and wonder as youth investigate who they are in the Lord. First UMC Youth Group helps teens on that journey of self-discovery and our youth are vibrant and vital members of the church community.

 Check out some pictures from the Confirmation Class' Field Trip to Washington D.C.!

Typical Youth Group Stuff

We meet most Sunday evenings throughout the school year (6th - 12th grades). This is a time for fellowship and building strong Christian relationships while including some fun activities. The Tweens (4th & 5th graders) also have special evening programming from time to time on Sunday nights!

Our typical Sunday Night schedule:

  • 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm - Dinner
  • 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm - Programming

The youth also travel on two mission trips over the summer! One to the Philadelphia Project, grades 6th and up. They work in kids camps and on worksites. The Philadelphia Project trip is a stepping stone to our high school trip, Appalachian Service Project. This one is for students in grades 8th and up. This trip is only worksites. Students are welcome on either or both trips!

To subscribe to the weekly youth email list click here. For the church calendar, including youth events, click here.

Youth Sunday School

Sunday school meets from 9:45 am - 10:45 am most Sundays.* This is a time for biblical teachings. As of a few years ago, we are only offering youth Sunday School classes for 6-8th grade. High school students are invited to participate in a worship service or join in on an adult Sunday School class or other small group opportunity, but there is also high school small group that meets monthly - contact Alex for more details!

*There is no Sunday School on the first Sunday of each month. This is "Service Sunday" when all of our youth are asked to attend and participate in a worship service.

For more information about youth programming, please contact Alex Erwine, our Director of Discipleship for Youth & Children.

At First UMC, we strive to provide programs where children experience God's love in action and find guidance in sharing God's Word with others. Our goal is to provide a loving and accepting environment. For more information about our Children's Ministry programs, please contact Alex Erwine, our Director of Discipleship for Youth & Children.