Leaps and Bounds on Sunday Mornings

Sunday is a day of rest — to remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Here at FUMCFW, we offer many ways to spend our Sundays. We go beyond simply offering traditional services and Sunday School classes. Instead, we take leaps of faith into the unknown and try new things to meet the needs of our diverse church community.

One giant leap was the Children First worship service, which has now become a national model for children’s ministries. Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries (aka Mister Mark), took children’s worship to a new level with his enchanting stories and songs. This energetic, interactive service for families was designed to engage children while introducing them to the many traditions of our church. It began in 2008 in the Leonard Memorial Chapel, which it quickly outgrew. When it moved to Wesley Hall, it didn’t take long to outgrow that location either. This special service is now held in the Sanctuary from 9:45 – 10:30 am on the first Sunday of every month, and attendance continues to grow.

Following in these brave, exciting (and huge, sneaker-clad) footsteps, starting on February 14 we will offer three new Sunday morning opportunities:


nine:thirty-nine celebration

eleven:eleven celebration’s expansion into a second service
9:39 – 10:29 am | Wesley Hall

This engaging experience of laughter, storytelling, and message — infused with the music of Brad Thompson and the Revolution Band — offers a nontraditional, unorthodox, and transformative worship experience. If you’re ready to “reconnect your spirit without disconnecting your mind,” join us on Sunday mornings at 9:39 or 11:11 am in Wesley Hall. Discover new insights into radical community, the universal love of God, and living for the healing and transformation of our world. Come casual, bring your family, and join the celebration!


The Gathering

Something completely different led by Rev. Lance Marshall
9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350

This new and different First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall offers a casual and relevant opportunity for prayer, study, topical exploration, and high-spirited connection free from typical worship or Sunday School structures. With digitally driven experiences of specially curated music, video presentations by some of today’s great theologians and teachers folded into thought-provoking discussion, and study-styled opportunities for deeper explorations, The Gathering presents a unique opportunity to connect socially, intellectually, and spiritually in a new and different way within the First Church faith community. Join The Gathering to interact with ideas, energy, and like-minded others before Chapel Communion and worshipping together either in traditional Sanctuary worship or eleven:eleven celebration.


Visiting with one another between services
10:30 – 11:00 am | Wesley Hall or the Garden

In response to the positive comments we have received about the opportunity to visit with one another between our Christmas Eve services, our First Church family is going to have a new place to connect. Each Sunday between services, from 10:30 – 11:00 am, Wesley Hall will be set up and ready to offer members, visitors, and guests from all our different Sunday morning worship and study opportunities a chance to visit, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a Sunday morning treat. And when the warmer weather returns, we will open the doors to the Garden and enjoy the great outdoors together.

FUMCFW is thrilled to announce these three new ways for us to spend our Sundays together, and we hope they will follow in the footsteps of Children First to grow our community of faith. Be on the lookout for more details about each of these special Sunday morning opportunities.


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