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    Blended Worship
    8:30am in the Chapel


    Contemporary Worship
    9:45am in the Fellowship Hall


    Traditional Worship
    11:00am in the Sanctuary

    101 E. Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Email: cvillefirstumc@gmail.com
    Phone: (434) 296-6193


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In The United Methodist Church, the Church Council provides, plans, and implements a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and other resources in the local church. It also provides for the administration of its organization and temporal life. The Church Council envisions, plans, implements, and annually evaluates the mission and ministry of the church and essentially functions as the administrative agency of the charge conference.

The following words were composed by members of First United Methodist Church who were present on August 12, 2017. Their first-hand accounts of what they saw and experienced are presented here as a witness to the overwhelming love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ and the continuing call to make disciples for the transformation of the world.

Cindy Poots Remington: When the call went out for volunteers to help at our church on August 12, the day of the “Unite the Right” rally, I had mixed feelings.  Stay home, away from the potential danger of the thousands of white supremacists expected to attend or stand against the display of hatred and racism in the name of Christian love? 

First UMC is seeking a Sound & Production Specialist to help fulfill the vision and mission of First United Methodist Church through the use, management, and maintenance of all Audio-Visual & Multi-Media equipment in our facility.

Basic Job Skills:
~ Technical knowledge and experience with sound amplification, equipment, systems and quality
~ Familiarity with Christian Worship styles and traditions
~ Proficiency in operation and maintenance of audio & video equipment
~ Training and supervision of volunteer technicians
~ Ability to work cooperatively with church staff and leadership
~ Dependability in keeping a weekly schedule

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This calendar is updated with events and activities around Charlottesville that focus on racial or social justice.

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Join us Sunday mornings for worship


Blended Worship
8:30am in the Chapel


Contemporary Worship
9:45am in the Fellowship Hall


Traditional Worship
11:00am in the Sanctuary


Connect to First UMC Staff

First United Methodist Church is here to serve its members and the community of Charlottesville, and we hope you will contact us if we can be of service to you.

Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 12 Noon

Our telephone number is (434) 296-6193. If calling after hours, or during a busy time, you may leave a message on our voice mail system and we will return your call promptly.

Connect by email to Church Staff:

Lead Pastor - Rev. Al Horton

Administrative Assistant - Kathy Berkeley

Facilities Manager - Tricia Garnett

Business Manager - Jean Snyder

Director of Discipleship for Adults - Kelli Henning

Director of Discipleship for Youth - Meghan Eddy

Director of Discipleship for Children - Anika Winterhoff

Assistant Director of Discipleship, Tweens - Karen Foster

Coordinator of Infants and Toddlers - Krista McMullen

Chancel Choir Director/Organist - Andy Shelden

Contemporary Band Leader - Phil Woodson

Director of Children's Music and Director of Celebration Singers - Carolyn Polson McGee

Director, First UMC Preschool - Ida Caramanis

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Mailing Address:

First United Methodist Church
101 E. Jefferson St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902


Mission Statement

"Changing lives through Jesus Christ." 

Vision Statement

All enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, discover, cultivate, and use their spiritual gifts to minister to others.

We are called to be a church where:

  • People are enthusiastic about worshiping together and are filled with the Holy Spirit,
  • All persons participate in spiritual growth opportunities and outreach ministries,
  • All persons support, uplift, and challenge one another as one body in Christ,
  • We support a vital and growing children's and youth ministry and the nurturing of all ages, and
  • We reflect the diversity of our community.

Core Value Statement

  1. Spiritual Faithfulness: We put the highest priority on the gospel of Jesus Christ and his example of love and forgiveness and on the spiritual disciplines which prepare us for such witness.
  2. Discipleship: We accept a life-long commitment to think and act more like Jesus Christ.
  3. Experience of Community: We welcome all people, take steps to be known to each other, and strive to exhibit the love and fellowship of the Christian community.
  4. Calls and Gifts: We celebrate each person's unique gifts and God's call for their use.
  5. Openness to Change: We accept the risks involved in responding to God's call.


As a United Methodist Church we are connected with the larger district, conference, and church.