Your First Visit…

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. For more information, please contact Pastor Barrie at

Frequently asked questions:

How 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 St. The rest of the congregation finds street parking. The parking meters are free on Sundays all day. Please read the parking signs closely, even on Sundays.

Got Kids?

Quality infant and toddler care is available on Sunday mornings from 7:45am- noon. The nursery is located on the main floor of the education building in room 103.

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 10:30 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 to wear to church

You’ll see everything from casual and dresses to t-shirts and jeans. Feel free to come as you are!

What are the worship services like?

8:00AM Worship Service

This service includes traditional, organist-led hymns, and occasionally features special music by one of the adult ensembles or soloist.

9:15AM Contemporary Service

Our casual service features contemporary Christian songs led by the Sanctuary Band.

10:30AM Worship Service

This 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 we treat visitors

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. We will not ask nosy questions, make you stand up, or anything like that. But, we would ask that you fill out the attendance pads in the pew and talk to one of the pastors before or after our service. Any information you are willing to share is very appreciated.

Our Theological Perspective


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.

More questions?

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

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