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upcoming events 


Crafting with a Cause - Saturday, June 1 @ 10AM - 1PM

WILD WEDNESDAY Kick off for the Summer @ First Church - June 12 @ 5:30PM

Community Block Party - Thursday, June 27 @ 2PM

Paris, Third Avenue & First Church Worship together @ First Church with Bishop Bard - Sunday, June 30 @ 10AM

UMMMC Family Picnic / North End Park @ Tentative 1-5PM

Third Avenue Block Party - Sunday, August 11 - Details coming soon!

wild wednesday @ first church kick off

Wild Wednesday @ First Church kicks off for the summer on June 12 @ 5:30PM.  Wild Wednesday is a weekly summer ministry for children ages sPreK-5th grade.  There will be tons of fun, food, games, crafts, stories, and so much more!  To volunteer, or for registration information, contact the church office.

wild wednesday / Family Ministry Information

Are you looking for a way to support our largest children's outreach program of the year? On Tuesday 6/4 & Wednesday 6/5 starting at 12:15 pm, we will be putting together decorations for Wild Wednesday! If you can cut, tape, and glue - you are qualified to help! Please sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.


We are collecting empty clean soup cans (14.5 oz soup size) for a Wild Wednesday project. Cans can be placed in the box by the bulletin boards in the Fellowship Hall. 

community block party - June 27 @ 2PM

This is our second annual Block Party in partnership with Angels of Action, Salvation Army, Ten 16 Network, Corewell Mecosta County Sheriff's Office, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, and more!  Volunteer sign up is located in the Fellowship Hall at First Church or by calling the church office.

UMMMC Family Picnic - July 14

July 14 UMMMC will host a Family Picnic for the members and friends of the First, Third Ave, and Paris churches. We have reserved space at North End Park, with a tentative time of 1:00PM - 5:00PM. Food and drinks will be provided. More details will be coming soon but be sure to mark your calendar NOW so you don’t miss out on the fun! 


Throughout the school year our Sunday School Leaders and Assistants have dedicated their Sunday mornings working with our children. We continue Sunday School during the summer months, and we need extra help to cover vacations and to give our regular helpers a break. All lessons are completely planned and prepared. You will be emailed a copy of the lesson the week before and all you have to do is show up on your Sunday. If you have one Sunday or several when you’d be available to help, please contact our Director of Family Ministries, Julie Setlock, at

Volunteer Opportunity - Memorial Garden

Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting the Memorial Garden up and running - and maintaining that beautiful space throughout the spring / summer seasons. If you are interested in serving as a part of the Memorial Garden care team, please contact the church office, or reach out to Toinette Wicks. 

First church text line

We're thrilled to introduce a new way to stay connected and informed - introducing our First Church Text Line!  Now you can send prayer requests and receive event updates and cancellations right to your phone.  It's quick, easy, and FREE!

To subscribe, simply text "subscribe" to 833-204-1452.  All event updates, including cancellations, will also be announced via email and posted to our Facebook page.  If you have any questions about the service, or have difficulty registering, please contact the church office at 231-796-7771.

Disclaimer:  While the service is free, please be aware that standard text message rates may apply depending on your cell carrier.  Check with your carrier for details.

Free Community MEal         

First Church serves a FREE MEAL every Thursday in our Fellowship Hall.  The doors open at 4:30PM for a time of fellowship and community building, and dinner is served from 5:30 - 6:00PM.  Come and enjoy a great meal, and get to know some of the amazing people in your community!  If you would like to volunteer to serve at Community Meal, please contact the church office at 231-796-7771 or via our Contact Us page, found HERE.

AA Meetings

Paris United Methodist Church - Tuesday & Thursday @ 7-8PM and Saturday @ 11AM - 12PM

Third Avenue United Methodist Church - Monday, Tuesday & Friday @ 12-1PM and Friday, 6-7AM

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