Our Work

The people of First United Methodist Church have a heart for the local and global community. Each ministry seeks to engage, build relationships, advocate for justice, and build bridges. If you're looking to get involved in the community or meet new people we have group just for you. Stroll down and check out all our amazing ministries and groups. 

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United Methodist Women

Women of all ages are welcome to participate.  We have something for everyone!

The United Methodist Women is community of women whose purpose is threefold. To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. To develop a creative supportive fellowship. To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

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Small Groups - Fall 2019

Sunday Morning Bible Study and Discussion                           9 - 9:50 a.m.       Rm 206

Discussion about what is happening in that week’s Biblical text, focus on how this story is happening in the world around us, and finally, explore relevance in the lives of the people in the group. Facilitated by a team of our best teachers/leaders.


Prayer Shawl Circle                                              2nd Sunday in Social Hall after Worship

A time to sit together and knit  the shawls that are one of the deepest and richest ways we connect with one another, offering the many blessings that are prayed into every stitch, given out to those in need of comfort and solace.  There is always room for more knitters, and for  those who want to come to be part of the circle.  Facilitated by Sandy Adams.


Sunday Evening Spiritual Practice Inter-generation Group                       6:30 p.m.   Rm 205

Cross-Generational, child and family friendly.  Using art as a medium, each person will create a personal expression of a word or theme to illustrate their view of the passage.  Facilitated: Mary Meister, Director of Children’s Ministry  & Cathy Cook, Assistant Minister.


Monday Evening Study and Meditation                    TBA: Monday evenings in October

Experience the passage through the practice of meditation, exploring  in a way that will open you to listening for what God is saying, resting in God’s presence in your life. Facilitated by Edna Bohannon


Chair Yoga                                                                   Chapel     Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 


Experience the passage through senses of mind, body and spirit,   Class taught by trained teacher from Woodlake Living.  Facilitated by Bev Ireland and Cathy Cook

Midweek Bible Study                                                 TBA        Wednesday Evening

There has been a request for a study which can be modeled after our Sunday morning class. Interest signups will be taken on September 8th.  Looking for leader team.


Saturday Morning Prayer Walking                           Library   Saturday 7:45-9:15 a.m. 

Read, then walk  and discuss in groups according to ability, coming back for conversation about the overall message of the passage and the application in one’s life.  Group led.


The Brewing Company                                            Starts Sept. 21.    Saturday 10 a.m   Rm 205

A safe space to think about new ways to gain spiritual, emotional and intellectual balance that meets the challenges of living life—-through prayer, reading sacred word, sharing and song.     Facilitated by JB Brayfindley


More information?    

Contact Cathy Cook,



Faimily Promise

Family Promise is a nonprofit organization which works together with several churches and synagogues in Sacramento to host families in need of immediate housing. Family Promise assists low-income families with transitioning out of homelessness and achieving independence and stability by providing temporary shelter and meals for up to four families, for one week, four times per year. For more information, please contact Michael or Gina McDoniels at (916) 270-7975.

More about Family Promise of Sacramento in the link below.


Staging A Miracle

SAM was developed to offer high-quality music and arts education to Sacramento children, regardless of their ability to pay. This ministry was a very big and very bold step for us in 2008, but God has been blessing and preparing us for a long time.


We are praying for guidance to pursue our dream of a year-round program for youth and families. Please consider joining us on our journey.

LGBTQ+ Affirming & Social Justice

First United Methodist Church is called to the ministry of reconciliation.  We affirm that all people are created in the image of God. We celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, education, and physical and mental ability.  We welcome all as beloved children of God.

Nar- Anon

 Nar-Anon Family group meetings are a support group for those affected by the addiction of a friend or family member.  As a twelve-step program, it offers help by sharing personal experiences, strengths, and hopes.  Confidence and anonymity are primary goals of the Nar-Anon Family Group.  Our hope is to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness too great to overcome.

Health and Karate

The Sac Health and Karate Center (SHAK) is a genuine and complete Shorin Ryu Karate program. It is sponsored by our church for its great health benefits, and is a wonderful gift to many in our area. The training is connected to American Reiho Kan and Okinawan Reihokan associations and offers training starting at any physical conditioning. The minimum age is 10. Call the church office or 916-468-9019 for further information.  

Children's Ministry

More information to come

Youth Program

The First UMC Sacramento Youth Group is God’s Passionate Servants – GPS !!  Exploring faith, seeking direction, walking together.

Mission: To show the love of God through our words and action, to ourselves and to others, building a love that lasts and informs.

Music and Worship

The Worship Commission's purpose is to assist the Pastor in the general planning of the worship services and to recruit volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities that will allow the worship service to run smoothly.   These leadership positions include greeting and ushering, lighting candles, reading scripture, preparing and serving communion, sharing musical talent (choirs and instrumentalists) and providing technical support (sound technician and power point operators).  Many volunteers participate in leading the worship service each Sunday.

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Other Ways to Serve:

Current Service Opportunities

  • Family Promise- Help serve families impacted by homelessness.

  • Our Community Breakfast: Feed people in our area who are meal challenged twice a month on Sunday mornings.

  • Music Ministries; Serve in the band, choir or Worship team.

  • Staging a Miracle: A high quality summer arts and performance program for youth.

  • Compass Kids: Volunteer to help with classes and programs that benefit the children of FUMC.

  • Sierra Service Project: Summer youth service project.

  • Media: Volunteer to help with sound, PowerPoint presentation.

  • Support our Building Management Team (Trustees)

  • Finance Management Teams

  • Adult Education Program Planning and Classes

  • Usher and Hospitality Team

  • Join our Visitation Ministry Team for the shut in and ill

  • Refugee Resettlement

  • Join our Missions Team working on a myriad of projects for the “Transformation of the World.”

  • Reconciling Ministries Team: Join to help as they work on projects that enhance the lives of both GLBTQ friends and all allies.