Ministries for Children

Our  Children’s groups are intended for children sixth grade and younger who are learning to live in a Christian community. For more information, please contact our Jenny Becker at, our Coordinator of Children’s Ministries.

Children’s Sunday School

Led by Sunday School Staff

When: Sunday mornings, at 9:15 AM


PK- K: Room 202

1st- 3rd: Room 205

4th-6th: Room 204


Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church is committed to building community among the families and friends of FUMC, the Church, and the world. We aim to create a safe place for all children and their parents to explore their relationships with God, and to discover what it means to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.

The Preschool and Kindergarten class jump right into fun activities, games, crafts, and music each Sunday, which all center around well-known stories and people from the Bible.

Our 1st-3rd grade children learn to dive deeper into their Christian Community and Faith. Each Sunday they participate in games, crafts, and activities that center around a Bible story and theme. The class explores ways that they can be like Jesus for others.

The 4th-6th grade students dig into the many questions that they have surrounding their faith and life. Each week they participate in activities surrounding multiple Bible passages. They also have great discussions where they can explore and discover what it means to live their faith on a day-to-day basis.

Participation in all Children’s Ministries at FUMC is open to all children and their families, regardless of membership to FUMC of Iowa City. We strive to create a community that is open to all persons, without exception.

Come join the fun at FUMC Sunday School!

Ministries for Adults

Our  Adult groups are intended for people in their thirties and older: who are each on a journey to growing in their faith. Come join with friends and members of our church by getting involved in a small group. Help yourself and others grow in your faith and life.

Explorations in Faith

Led by Robert Weir

When: Sundays, at 09:15AM

Where: in Room 3

The Explorations in Faith class will begin its ninth year in 2017. We plan to continue our practice of spending most class sessions studying the Bible. We will also have some variety by discussing Christian beliefs and practices, Christian theology and ethics, and occasionally the beliefs and practices of other world religions.

Legends: A History Class

Led by: Lorna Cress

When: Sundays, at 09:15AM

Where: in Room 6

Legends, continues to meet all year. DVD’s of various interests and topics are used, generally in 30 minute venues, followed by discussion of the material presented. The class is presently concentrating on Comparative Religion.

While it is primarily an Adult class, all ages are welcome.

Faith Seekers

Led by: Kae Tritle

When: Sundays, at 09:15AM

Where: in Room 9

During the Lenten season, the Faith Seekers are currently studying Adam Hamilton’s book “The Way”.

‘Disciple’ Bible Study

Led by: Rev. Dr. H. Jeon

When: Mondays, at 06:30AM

Where: in Room 204

Disciple Bible Study is a committed study on the Bible and Christian theology to make disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world. By learning, practicing, and disciplining for the kingdom of God, the 32 week long journey will prepare you to become disciples who are willing to share the good news that everyone can be transformed into a new being in Christ. Through this study journey, we will also delve into deeper questions on Christian life: How we live our lives as responsible Christians.

Into the Word into the World (Genesis-Exodus/Luke-Acts) will be taught Mondays from 6:30-8:00 P.M. in Room 204.

Be encouraged to take this opportunity as a journey to the Biblical world as well as to the spiritual world where we will discern God’s will in our lives. Please contact Pastor Heecheon Jeon at or 319-338-5075 for further information and registration.

New Member Class

When: Four times each year

Our New Member class is open to anyone interested in becoming a member of FUMC. It is designed to assist folks with a deeper understanding about the United Methodist Church, our membership vows, and ways to become more engaged in the ministries of our congregation.

The New Member Class is offered quarterly through the year. For more information, contact Claire Bartleson at (319) 337-2857 or at .

Chancel Choir

When: Wed, at 7-8:30PM

Where: Choir Room

Intended for adult and college-age singers, the Chancel Choir roster includes members with nearly a half-century of involvement singing side by side with talented students from the University of Iowa and many other dedicated members.

The Chancel Choir traces its roots to the founding of FUMC and still maintains a program of exceptional music. The choir’s repertoire encompasses a wide variety of musical styles ranging from traditional anthems by great composers to fine selections by leading contemporary Christian composers.

From time to time, extended choral works are presented, often accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. The choir also offers special music services during the seasons of Advent and Lent, including G. F. Handel’s Oratorio Messiah, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, John Rutter’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s 3 Pentecost Cantatas and Trinity Cantata.

The Chancel Choir participates weekly in Sunday morning services, except during the months of July and August. The Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from mid August to May and on Sunday mornings in June.  They also share their music in retirement centers during the Christmas season. Special activities with members, families and friends are planned through the year.

Joyful Chimers

When: Mondays, at 2- 3:00PM

Where: in the Sanctuary

Joyful Chimers was established in 2004 and is open to adults who enjoy playing traditional hymn arrangements. Musical knowledge is helpful but not required. Joyful Chimers plays a few times a year - during the 10:30 a.m. worship service - from October to June. Joyful Chimers also plays in special Christmas and Lenten worship services.

Joyful Chimers rehearses from September to June. We pray and share our joys together every week and also have breakfast outings several times a year. This is a very joyful group!

Noon Bells

When: Tuesdays, at 12-1PM

Where: Bell Room

The Noon Bells - our hand bell and hand chime ensemble - is open to all adults. Prior hand bell experience and ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. Noon Bells presents music a few times a year at the 8:00 and 10:30 AM worship services and also gives recitals in the wider community.

Sanctuary Band

When: Thursdays, at 7- 8:30PM

Where: Sanctuary

The Sanctuary Band provides vocal and instrumental music leadership for our Sanctuary Service and also performs at retirement residences throughout the year. Members of the Sanctuary Band also spend time in devotion, prayer, and care for one another each week. Each week includes about four hours of personal practice, band rehearsal, and worship time.  The Sanctuary Band does not follow written music scores: both vocalists and instrumentalists are expected to utilize lead-sheets for each song. Instrumentalists will need their own instruments, but the most important requirement is to have a “Love for God, neighbor and self.”