First United Methodist Church Schenectady

We are a church that loves to learn and yearns to be a gift of God to our communities.

Advent and Christmas at First United Methodist Church

Join us for Advent, the season of waiting, and for our celebration of Christmas

Advent and Christmas Events

Pastoral Response to #GC2019

Dear Siblings in Christ, The past few days have not gone as hoped. To be very succinct: in seeking for justice and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in The United Methodist Church, we failed. That said, no legislative body has the power to limit God’s grace. Continued. . .

We are a reconciling congregation

We are a reconciling congregation

All persons are recipients of God’s love and grace; God intends the church to be a community which embodies love, grace and justice for all people as a sign of God’s covenant. We, therefore, will continue to seek and welcome persons of any age, gender, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability as full participants in our community of faith.

We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation

Stephen Ministry is confidential, one-on-one caring by trained lay persons for those experiencing a serious life transition.

We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation
We are a Justice-Seeking Congregation

We are a Justice-Seeking Congregation

We work in covenant with the Methodist Federation for Social Action to be the inclusive, anti-racist/anti-oppressive, justice seeking, risk-taking Body of Christ

We are a Peace with Justice Covenant Congregation

As followers in Jesus’ footsteps, we believe that a ministry of peace and justice is a way to witness to the whole gospel.

We are a Peace with Justice Covenant Congregation
What We Do

What We Do

FUMC is involved in missions locally in Schenectady, nationally in many parts of the US, and internationally with special connections in Nicaragua. We serve a community breakfast free of charge on Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. The community breakfast does not take place the first Sunday of every month. We have a long standing relationship with CEPAD in Nicaragua. (See our mission page). We take the Bible seriously, but not literally. We also have some ways to get involved musically. Check them out here!

  1. Caroling to Our Homebound and Lunch

    December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. Carol Sing Around the Fireplace

    December 15 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  3. Long Night Advent Service

    December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols

    December 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  5. Christmas Day Service

    December 25 @ 6:30 am - 7:30 am