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Every Sunday
in person or online

Services are held every Sunday
8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
in the Sanctuary.

We have mutliple worship experiences to fit your schedule!

Saturday at First

This is a relaxed and informal time of offering songs and prayers to God. A variety of contemporary and familiar Christian songs and hymns are sung in a smaller, more contemplative setting. The scriptures, preaching and message will be consistent with Sunday services.

Communion is offered on the Saturday closest to the first Sunday of the month.

Time and Place: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
in the Chapel on the ground level of our Church.

Traditional Sunday Worship

You will find Sunday worship to be much like the worship services of many United Methodist Churches around the country. A creative liturgy will be offered to God with familiar and contemporary hymns being sung. You will find Biblical preaching to assist you in connecting with God and growing your faith, witness, and discipleship.

Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month.

Time and Place: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday
in the Sanctuary.

Advent Sermon Series beginning November 25/26

Our Advent Sermon Series and All-Church Study is based on the book Unrelenting Grace, by Kenneth Carter.  Books are available for purchase in the office for $10.

United Methodist people long to love God and serve their neighbors. Unrelenting Grace by Bishop Ken Carter reminds us of our core values as United Methodists, prompting readers to rediscover, redefine, and reclaim the power of grace, holiness, and connection. We see afresh ways to bridge the gap between faith and life, and rediscover deep connections of unity and love.

In addition to small group discussions here at Ames First, our Bishop, Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, invites us to join with other Methodists across the state via weekly Zoom sessions. These sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 7pm beginning on November 28th.

You can register for the Zoom meetings here:  Unrelenting Grace Zoom Sessions

bring the whole family

We Want Children IN Worship!!!


Nursery. You may bring your infant or toddler (up to pre-K age) to the nursery (Room E203) during Sunday worship and/or Sunday School. Our trained and screened nursery attendants are on duty starting 15 minutes before services begin. 


We offer a prayground in the sanctuary! A Prayground is a small area within the sanctuary that is dedicated to some of our youngest children in worship. Melanie Gordon, director of children’s ministries with the Global United Methodist Board of Discipleship said “We are all adopted through our baptism into God’s family, so we need to worship together. We know children need to move and have some active time, so we need to find creative ways of engaging children in worship.”
The space includes soft toys, an enclosed area with soft mat flooring, a practice pew, coloring table, comfortable seating for parents, a TV with live feed to the worship in case you’re in an area of the Prayground where you can’t see something, and many other items. This space allows the children to remain in worship with their family. The nursery is still available for those who wish to utilize it. We hope this helps young families feel more welcome at Ames First UMC and for all to know the importance of having children in worship.