Upcoming Events

Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Appleton! We are a congregation deeply committed to the great task that Jesus put on his church’s heart: to make disciples and transform this world.

At First Church you can expect to find a successful model of an intergenerational church: We have a wonderful children’s ministry, a great junior and senior high youth program, an array of adult programs reaching from small group ministries to annual mission trips and an outstanding music ministry program for kids, youth and adults.

We’d love to welcome you among us. Know that you can come as you are so we can grow together and make a difference in God’s great world.


Ways To Be The Church

  • Worship With Us

    Worship with us in person Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 9:00 am (9am also, streamed Live on YouTube)

    You can also watch us on YouTube Watch us on YouTube

  • Lent

    Join us for Wednesday Evening Worship and more!
          • Join us for a family friendly dinner between 5p-6p
          • Each week we’ll have service from 6-6:30p. 
          • This year we invite the children to be with us for the family friendly ½ hour services 
          • All programming begins promptly after the service: youth, children, music, a Lenten small group, games, or just fellowship.
          • The offering will go to our all-church Lenten & Easter offering: Pillars. 
          • All Lenten services will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.


  • Lenten Prayer Experiment- Dynamite Prayer

    This year our Lenten study will focus on one of our MCCI prescriptions: Dynamite Prayer. This will be more of an internal reflection and focus on your prayer life then it will be a study; however, its importance to our lives as Disciples of Christ cannot be understated. It is our hope and prayer that the majority of the congregation will dig into this prayer initiative. Dynamite Prayer includes a book, called Dynamite Prayer by Rosario Picardo and Sue Nilson Kibbey, which leads readers through a 28 day devotional and prayer experiment. The book is available in the church office with a requested $5 per book, assistance available if needed. The book prompts you to dig deeper into your prayer life and to focus on certain areas you feel God calling you. The focus is similar to our breakthrough prayer which we’ve been doing over the past year: “The key in our experience is what happens when you include one more additive component in your recurrent prayer practice through each day.” (Picardo & Kibbey). Each week we then will offer reflection classes where we can share with one another our experiences as well as how we feel God working in our lives. The classes will be offered as follows:

    Tuesdays: 1:00-2:30 in the Conference Room, First Class February 20
    Wednesdays: 11:00-12:30 in Asbury Lounge, First Class February 21
    Wednesday Evenings: 6:30-7:30 in Asbury Lounge, First Class February 21
    Thursdays: 12:00-1:00 in Asbury Lounge, First Class February 22
    Sundays: 10:30 in Asbury Lounge, First Class February 25

  • First Church Prescription Teams

    Are you passionate about helping First Church to be more effective in our mission to make Christian disciples? We are launching 4 teams to follow up on the prescriptions we received from our year-long strategic planning process. Please take a look at the "First Church Prescription Teams below. Is God calling you to be on one of the teams?

    First Church Prescription Teams


  • Mission of the Month

    Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive is February’s Mission of the Month.  Help 21 local programs provide needed supplies for those having a tough financial time.  Most needed items include bathroom tissue, cleaning supplies, deodorant, diapers/baby care, face/bath soap, feminine care, hair care, laundry detergent, paper towels, razors, and trash bags.  See a more complete list of desired items on the Mission of the Month board near the Welcome Desk.  If you prefer giving a monetary donation, please clearly mark and put in the offering plate or give to the church office.  

  • Hands-On Ministry Opportunities

    Are you looking for ways to live out your faith by serving those in need in our local community? Does your employer offer time-off to participate in volunteer activities? Each month, First Church will provide opportunities for anyone to participate in hands-on volunteering opportunities throughout our local community.

    December was the last distribution for Ruby’s Pantry Appleton, hosted at First English! Join us at the new distribution location, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Combined Locks on Tuesday, February 6. Christ the King is located at 601 S. Washington St. in Combined Locks.  For reference, the church is in the out lot of Kimberly High School.  

    Volunteer for Ruby's Pantry

    Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading hunger relief organization in the state.  Together with a network of more than 400 member organizations, they provide food to more than 400,000 people each year.  On Friday, March 22 from 1 – 3:30 pm we will be sorting donated food items at Feeding America’s warehouse at 2911 W. Evergreen Drive in Appleton.  We’ll be able to have a group of up to about 10 people.  Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. Sign-up deadline is March 15.

    Volunteer for Feeding America

  • Gift of Prayer for Our Church

    Our Prayer Ministry is in its 7th year as a service to our congregation at First United Methodist Church.  We encourage this Gift of Prayer to be shared in support of one another. As we serve the Lord together in Mission and Ministry to our church and community.  Once a month you will receive a list of 'church activity' to emphasize during your personal prayer time.  Please consider joining this incredible group of Prayer Warriors in 2024.  For more information please call the church office at (920) 734-2677 for my contact information.  In God's Name, Allison Schottmuller - Prayer Ministry Coordinator.

    Sign Up Here

  • Connections Ministry

    Connections Ministry was started to connect the work of the church’s ministries to those who would benefit from the good work of all of our many ministry services.  How we plan to achieve our priorities is to start with each of you. We are asking members to complete the Gifts & Talents Inventory 2023 form. We will catalog everyone’s gifts and talents in a database and call upon you if/when the need arises to utilize your skill set. This will be a quick way for us to answer the call to fulfill the needs of both our church and its members. For example, if you select cooking and serving food, you may be asked to help set up a meal at church or prepare a meal for a shut-in. If you select maintaining buildings/grounds, you may be asked to help plant flowers in spring and rake leaves in fall at church, or perhaps do the same at a parishioner’s home. You will be under no obligation to accept every request as we understand you are busy. You can access the form:  In the church office during business hours,  at the Welcome Desk before and after services on Sat and Sun throughout the summer, or here: Gifts and Talents Inventory

  • Prayer Request

    Our Befriender Ministry exists to pray with you and for you, and is honored to lift your concerns and joys to God in total confidence and without judgment.
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 4:6-7

    Prayer Request


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