Your First Visit

Welcome to First UMC

Whether your first visit to our church is planned or is done on the spur-of-the-moment, we look forward to making it something special.

Welcome to the First United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation of Iowa City.

All Are Welcome

We are a community where everyone is welcome. It is our hope that through our worship and ministries you will be connected with God and with new friends in faith.

It is our commitment to assist you in growing in your faith relationship with God so that you may join us in making a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.

Come join us for worship and find a home for your Spirit.  All are welcome to participate as they are, in all activities, without exception.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the “plus sign” to open each question.

Ho do I get to church? Where do I park?

First United Methodist is located at the corner of E. Jefferson and N. Dubuque Streets in downtown Iowa City. Our address is 214 E. Jefferson Street. We have visitor and handicap parking in the alley off of Dubuque Street. Street parking is also available. The parking meters are free on Sundays all day.

We have created a page with a map and more information about parking. 

What if we have children?

Children’s Sunday School is located on the 2nd floor of the education building for grades 1-6 at 9:15-10:15am.

During the 10:30am worship service, children are invited up to the front for Young Disciple’s time for a special story about the scripture lesson for the day. Children are always welcome in worship regardless of the noise they may or may not make.

What do I wear to church?

You will see everything from casual and dresses to t-shirts and jeans. Feel free to come as you are!

What are the worship services like?

The service includes organist-led hymns and songs. We provide a special time for young disciples. It features music by the Chancel Choir and/or special music from one of the other children, youth, or adult music ensemble and soloist.

How are visitors welcomed?

If you come in any of the doors and make your way to the second level, you will be greeted and warmly welcomed by members of the church. Feel free to talk to one of the pastors before or after any service. Any information you are willing to share is very appreciated!

What do I do if I'm interested in membership?

If you are interested in joining the church, please contact one of the pastors, and they will be able to provide you with more information about when the next membership class will be held.

What if I have more questions?

Do you want to be in conversation with a real person before the first visit? Email one of our staff! We love meeting new people (in person or online) before their first visit.