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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? 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

By now, most of you are aware that the General Conference of the United Methodist Church rejected the recommendations of the Bishops’ Council and the Commission on the Way Forward and approved a Traditional plan which maintains the denomination's prohibition on the ordination of LGBTQAI+ persons and prohibits all UMC pastors from performing same sex marriage ceremonies. This plan is subject to the UMC Judicial Council’s approval of its constitutionality in April. However, it already has generated feelings of bewilderment, dismay, anger, sadness, betrayal, and abandonment in many. Some of our members are also concerned about what this decision will mean for our church going forward and the conflict that can result from such strong opinions and emotions. These feelings are honest, sincere and understandable and they are shared by many laity and clergy throughout the US, including Charlottesville.

Our VA Bishop, Sharma Lewis, has called upon laity and clergy to meditate upon the scripture, “you must understand this, my beloved; let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. (James 1:19-20).

Your lay leaders have held several listening sessions with small groups and worship hour congregations. We have heard concerns and expressions of grief and requests that we, as a church, take some positive action to affirm publicly that all persons are valued, worthy and sacred in God’s eyes and are welcome here.

Several years ago, FUMC was designated by the UMC as a “Welcoming Congregation.” It is our belief that we have remained "welcoming" and hope that those who may have joined our community of faith recently have found us to be so. But we have discovered that there is no welcoming statement on our website, nor is there any specific expression of welcome to those of the LGBTQAI+ community in any of our on-line or printed information. Thus, as an immediate response to this oversight, we, as your leaders, will craft a Welcome Statement and see that it is included on all our publications. We will also explore ways in which this “Welcoming Statement” can be included on lists of churches where all persons are welcome.

This is only one step in our continuing journey to welcome all people just as Christ welcomes all people. We will need your partnership as servant leaders, to pray for our church, our pastors, and our leaders, to explore accurate and trustworthy sources of information www.vaumc.org/GC2019, to use your creative spirits to pursue justice for all persons, and to stand strong as witnesses to the love of Jesus Christ for all who are made in His image. The three of us are receptive to discussing any of these matters with you individually or in groups.

Yours in Christ,

Matthew At Lee
Chair, Church Council

Kari Miller
Vice Chair, Church Council

William Clarke
Lay Leader

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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


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.