DSM First Church


United Methodist Social Principles Class to be Offered

To help guide our thinking and acting about how we live in and are engaged in ministry in the world, The United Methodist Church has created statements to guide the church in its efforts to create a world of justice.

The Social Principles serve as a guide to official church action and individual witness. These Principles explain how United Methodists are called to live in the world. If you would like to know more about what the church believes sign up for this two week study. It is being taught by long-time peace and justice advocate Eloise Cranke.

The class will be offered on January 3rd and 10th at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 1. You may call the church office at 244-6209 to register your attendance.


The church has looked beautiful this Christmas season but on Saturday, January 13th we will need to take down the decorations and place them in storage. If you can help, please be here at 9:00 am. Refreshments will be provided.


First Church has a New Missionary

Mission is important to the members of First Church. We have a new missionary that we are supporting. Click here to read about his work.




Here at First Church we are about "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." We believe that if we live our lives following the example of Jesus, we can make a positive impact on this world that God loves and cares about.

We are all on a faith journey. Some of us have just begun that journey. Others have only taken a few steps and others have been on the road for a long time. Some of us are discouraged travelers, some have made wrong turns and we all have experienced peaks, valleys and plateaus. Once we have declared that we will follow Jesus, the faith journey begins and it is a life-long journey.

We invite you to join us on the journey. It won't always be easy but as United Methodists we believe that God's unmerited love surrounds us, encourages us, goes before us and upholds us.

Let us walk this faith journey together. Join us for worship or any of our ministries and activities. Let's work together to transform this world!

Our Pathways to Discipleship

As with any journey there are many pathways we take to reach our destination. Each pathway is important. Disciples here at First Church are asked to explore five different pathways. These pathways help us grow in our faith and we ask that members intentionally traverse them on an on-going basis.

Christian Education is an essential ministry of the church because to be a disciple of Jesus is to be a learner. Learning is essential to discipleship formation and growth.

John Wesley the founder of Methodism believed that prayer is "the grand means of drawing near to God." Prayer deepens our relationship with God and raises our awareness of God's presence in our lives.

Attending worship is a way to draw ourselves away from the nitty gritty of life and into the presence of God. Where two or three are gathered, God will be present.

Like the Jesus we follow, Christians are willing to give their lives for the sake of others and are willing to become agents of change and reconciliation. We are the hands and feet of Jesus.

All we have is a gift from God. We are called upon to give our financial resources, our time and our talents to further the Kingdom of God.

May you be blessed as you walk your journey of faith.


Deadline to Register for Holy Land Trip Extended

Come and See Tour

Imagine walking in the footsteps of Jesus; standing on the Mount of Olives looking over the ancient city of Jerusalem, walking the Via Dolorosa, visiting Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What would it be like to renew your baptism in the Jordan River and sail on the Sea of Galilee?

April 16-27, 2018 Christine Anders our Minister of Discipleship will be leading a trip to the Holy Land where you can experience this and so much more. We will be visiting the cities of Ibillin, Haifa, Capernaum, Cana, Nablus, Hebron. Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Jericho.

If you would like to learn more about this trip contact Christine at christine@dmfirstchurch.org and a copy of the brochure will be emailed to you.

We hope you will join us for this once in a lifetime experience. Registration deadline is January 31st.



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.  Photograph of children's time in worship with children wearing hats is copyrighted by Carrie Yonley and used with her permission.  She retains the copyright to this photo.


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.

To read Pastor Eric's weekly devotion "First Thoughts," sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, Cross Notes, here.

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







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