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Advent and Christmas Schedule

December 21 - 4th Sunday of Advent

Advent Music Series: Special music begins at 10:00 am. The special music for the last Sunday of Advent will be performed by the Central Iowa Brass Quintet.

Worship: 10:30 am

Longest Night Service: 4:00 pm in the 2nd floor chapel. Sometimes Christmas can be a sad time. Maybe you are experiencing health issues, a broken relationship, unemployment or the death of a friend or loved one. If so, you will find this service meaningful. All are welcome.

December 24 - Christmas Eve

Worship Service: 7:00 pm. Join us in our historic sanctuary for a candlelight service of Lessons and Carols as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. 

Christmas Eve Party: 8:00 pm. After our Christmas Eve service we will gather in Kenyon Hall to share some Christmas cheer.

January 4 - Epiphany Sunday

Worship: 10:30 am



Do you have people on your Christmas gift list that really can’t use more things? If so, we have the answer. Each year the Outreach Ministry Team asks you to give a gift that gives twice. When you purchase items from the Alternative Gift Market you give a gift to family or friends and you also provide funds for selected organizations. The Gift Market table is set up in Kenyon Hall. This Sunday will be the last day to make your purchases.


This year the Christmas offering will be gifted to three worthy causes. One hundred percent of your gift will go to the selected organizations.

UMC Ebola Response

So far over 5,000 people in West Africa have died from Ebola. The United Methodist Church is working to stop the spread of this terrible disease. The Global Health unit of the General Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been working in collaboration on a global scale to coordinate an integrated approach in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. To date, UMCOR and the Global Health unit have worked together to ensure that $400,000 of educational programs, protective equipment, and other Ebola-related supplies have been provided to the health boards in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire.

Meals Prepared and Served by First Church

Each month members of First Church prepare and serve meals at three different locations: Trinity UMC, Central Iowa Shelter and Services and the Connection Café. As you know, the cost of groceries has gone up and we are in need of funds to purchase food for these meals.

DMARC Food Pantry

The DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council) Food Pantry Network strives to meet the short-term needs of the food insecure in our area. 

In 2013:

As you can see, the need is great but with your Christmas offering you can make a difference.



Church Office Hours


The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.


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Des Moines, IA 50309

Copyright 2009-2011 First United Methodist Church.  Photographs above of the empty sanctuary and the Kingman Stained Glass window in the sanctuary ceiling are used courtesy of Main Street Studio.  Photographs of children's time in worship with children wearing hats and Pastor Kevin celebrating Eucharist are copyrighted by Carrie Yonley and used with her permission.  She retains the copyright to those photos.


We Welcome All

First United Methodist Church, at the top of 10th Street in downtown Des Moines, strives to love others as Christ loves us and, in doing so, to be the Body of Christ in word and deed.

As the Body of Christ, we welcome all of God's children, knowing that each is created in the image of God.  We welcome people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, races, ethnicities, family configurations, and physical and mental capabilities to join us in full participation as we come together to worship God and then go out to share God's love in the world around us.

Worship with us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Alternative worship service, The Grapevine, every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Spaghetti Works, 310 Court Avenue.







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