DSM First Church


Serve. Learn. Enjoy. 

We hope you will join us on Good Friday for the annual Way of the Cross procession through downtown Des Moines. This solemn event commemorates the life of Jesus in a visually symbolic way. Participants walk quietly through the city in a spirit of reflection as they not only re-enact an event of nearly 2000 years ago but also acknowledge our complicity with the injustice and prejudice in our communities, state and world.

This event is sponsored by The Bridge, an ecumenical effort between the downtown churches, First United Methodist, St. Ambrose Cathedral, St. John's Lutheran and St. Paul's Episcopal.

The walk will begin at First Church at the corner of 10th and Pleasant at 1:30 on Friday, April 3rd. Those interested in participating are welcome to join the procession for all or part of the route.


All are welcome to join us for our services and activities during Holy Week.

Palm Sunday Service - March 29  - 10:30 am

Holy Thursday Service - April 2 - 7:00 pm

Way of the Cross - April 3 - 1:30 (Walk begins at the First Church front steps)

Good Friday Service - April 3 - 7:00 pm

Easter Breakfast - April 5 - 8:00 - 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall (Pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit and beverages) Free will offering

Central Iowa Brass Quintet - Easter Sunday at 10:00 am

Easter Worship Service - April 5 - 10:30 am


Thanks to everyone who attended the Art Auction. Thanks to your generosity over $8,000 was raised to benefit the center.



Church Office hours

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


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1001 Pleasant Street
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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