First United Methodist Church Schenectady
We are a church that loves to learn and yearns to be a gift of God to our communities.
Worship has moved back to the sanctuary
Lenten Photo Show 2023
First United Methodist Church Schenectady invites you to participate in the 2023 Lenten Photo Show! Participants can submit photos each week of Lent in support of a theme and/or vote on their favorites online or during the show on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023. For more information and photos from previous shows, see the link button below.
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
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 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.
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!