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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

In Person Services are canceled through May 29. Please enjoy the services shared below.

A request to refrain from in-person gatherings until May 29.

Bishop advises local churches continue to refrain from in-person worship

On Monday, March 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Today, based on recommendations from state health officials, the Governor has extended that order to May 29, 2020.   The Executive Order continues to advise all faith communities to refrain from in-person worship and keep church buildings closed. For this reason, Bishop David Bard is also recommending Michigan United Methodist Churches continue to follow these recommendations until at least May 29, 2020.

Executive Order No. 2020-59, requires all Michigan residents and most businesses to stay in their homes, except for essential life-sustaining purposes.  The order took effect at 11:01AM Friday, March 24 and remains in effect until at least May 29, 2020.

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 May 29


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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