We worship together on Sundays at 10:30am in our Sanctuary at 21st & J.
We are a congregation faithfully growing together as the hands and heart of Jesus Christ for the world through knowing, loving, and serving.
Our historic church buildings are filled, all week long, with worship, programs, classes, small groups, and service opportunities for about 400 current members and plenty of space for everyone who would like to join us. We are young and old, liberal and conservative, faithful and searching.
If you are looking for a place to live out your Christian faith in community, or just to explore it; if you are looking for a worship experience that offers traditional ritual and music with a contemporary and relevant message; if you are looking for sermons that speak to both the intellect and the heart; if you are looking for people who are as comfortable with questions as they are with answers; if you are looking for a community of people who enjoy being together and making a difference in the world—this may be the place for you. We hope you’ll visit us, on the rest of this website and in person. Join us for worship on any Sunday!
Sacramento’s First United Methodist Church traces its origins back to the Gold Rush of 1849. Our first house of worship, the Baltimore Chapel, was erected at the corner of 7th and L Streets on a lot donated by John Sutter. During the next 75 years our congregation worshiped in other buildings in the downtown area.
In 1918, First Methodist Episcopal merged with Central Methodist Episcopal on H Street. The two merged Congregations called themselves Grace Methodist Episcopal since it was Grace that brought them together.
In 1925, our present structure in Midtown was completed and we were again called First Methodist Episcopal. Later additions to the original building included a classroom annex on the eastern side of the building and a chapel on the corner of 21st and J Streets. During our 164 year history, 91 individuals have served our church as pastors or associate pastors.
With the leadership of our clergy and countless lay people, we have established a long tradition of working to improve the life of our community, our region, our nation, and our world.
Over the years we have supported many programs in our community, including the Washington Neighborhood Center, the Sutter Fun Program, the Schizophrenia Society, and Goodwill Industries. Beyond our community we have supported the California Council on Alcohol Problems, the International Christian Youth Exchange, and the Sierra Service Project, as well as national and international relief efforts organized by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Other activities have assisted such programs as the Central Downtown Food Basket, Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT), Habitat for Humanity, and the Interfaith Service Bureau. All these efforts, and many others, are part of our Wesleyan heritage, which reminds us always that faith is not only personal, but a matter of engagement with the world.
In the 1950s, when so many congregations were establishing themselves in the suburbs, our church made the deliberate decision to remain in the heart of Sacramento. We are committed to living fully as a vibrant church in Midtown, to finding constructive ways of reaching out to the community, and to being a truly welcoming congregation.