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At First United Methodist Church of Battle Creek, we strive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and his ministry, and to honor the Methodist tradition of social justice. We therefore welcome all of God’s children regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, political or theological perspective, ability, or other differences that can create barriers between people. We celebrate diversity as it brings us to a closer relationship with God.

  Sunday Service Times

Services are canceled through April 26.

A request to refrain from in-person gatherings until April 30.

Dear Friends in Christ:

The coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives deeply, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.  Michigan now has the fourth highest number of cases of COVID-19 in the country, over 10,000, and the metro-Detroit area is projected to be one of the more significantly affected areas in the country.

In light of these realities, I am extending my request that Michigan United Methodist Churches refrain from in-person gatherings through April 30.  President Trump has asked Americans to observe CDC social distancing and mitigation guidelines through the month of April, and Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order remains in effect through April 30.   I will continue to monitor the spread of the disease and the advice provided by government and public health officials.  If current trends, continue it seems likely that my request to refrain from in-person gatherings could extend well into May.

These continue to be challenging and rapidly changing times. Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.  This order will require all United Methodist Churches to suspend in-person church gatherings and close church buildings.

Executive Order No. 2020-21, requires all Michigan residents and most businesses to stay in their homes, except for essential life-sustaining purposes.  The order takes effect at 12:01AM Tuesday, March 24 and it remains in effect until at least April 30, 2020.  Bishop David Bard, Michigan Area

The Franklin Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 1-3:00 pm during the Shelter in Place State of Michigan Executive Order.

Bedrock Beliefs of First United Methodist Church

      1. God the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer is always with us.

      2. God loves us and calls us to love one another in Christ.

      3. God is worthy of our worship and praise.

      4. God’s grace is free.

      5. God meets us in prayer.

      6. God gifts us for the work of ministry

     7. God can bring good out of difficult circumstances.

8. Jesus Christ promises us eternal life

Core Values of First United Methodist Church

1. Be joyfully welcoming and inviting to all

2. Be relevant to community needs in service to others through action and prayer

3. Be growing spiritually through learning, teaching and worshiping to become more like Jesus  

Office Hours – Currently Closed through April 30


9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Closed on Fridays.

*Closed for lunch between 12:30-1:30 pm

Phone: 269.963.5567/ Fax: 269.963.6899

Pastoral Care: 517.667.8414

To contact the church please email jharveyclark@firstumcbc.org or call Pastor Sue.

111 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014


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