Ministries for Adults of All Ages

At Duluth First United Methodist Church it is our hope to see you connect with others and grow spiritually through our activities, studies, and ministries for adults of all ages. Adult ministries exist to equip us for the journey of following Jesus in our families, jobs, communities, and church. We come together to love Christ, pray for one another, listen to the needs of others, love and serve God’s church, and have fun and fellowship together. You can grow to be like Christ as you do life with other people, as life-change can happen best in the context of a small group.

Young Adult Ministry: A New Sunday School Class/Small Group Meets Sunday Mornings

at 9:30 a.m.

The Young Adult Ministry is a group of young adults (18 - early 30’s) who are building lasting friendships and exploring what it means to follow Jesus. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we’d love to have you join us! We are striving to build community, draw closer to God, and develop in young adults the ability to connect with God throughout the week.


Join us on Sunday mornings for a Young Adults Sunday school class/small group which meets at 9:30 a.m. in room E132, located in the hallway behind the Sanctuary. We look forward to beginning this group and this study and we hope you’ll come and join us!


Invite your friends to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. David Burchett at by e-mail at dburchett@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 124.


For additional information about the Young Adults Ministry, please visit their Instagram page at www.instagram.com/dfumc.youngadults.

Morning Fellowship (New and Improved) for Adults

Morning Fellowship is for the adults of our congregation who have many gifts and talents to offer to the church and the surrounding community. They are active and encouraged to participate in all aspects of the various ministries of the church. They are a vital part of the ministry of the church and are truly an asset to the surrounding community.


Beginning Tuesday, July 9th, Morning Fellowship will have a new format. All are welcome to join us as we learn a little, do mission projects, and share fellowship and a meal.


Morning Fellowship meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room F145, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center. For lunch, please bring a brown bag lunch or be present by 11:30 a.m. to order take-out.


Upcoming dates and speakers are:

  • July 9th:  Let's Play Bingo
  • August 13th:  Program TBD
  • September 10th:  Bring baked cookies to share with out High School students. We will write cards of encouragement to go along with the cookies. Min Lee, Director of Youth Ministries, will deliver the cookies to the students at their school.
  • October 8th:  Talk with Rev. Terry Tippens, Senior Pastor
  • November 12th:  We will send gift cards and notes of encouragement to our college students as they prepare for final exams.
  • December 10th:  Christmas Fun
  • January 14th:  New Year's Celebration
  • February 11th:  Valentine's Party
  • March 11th: Prepare care packages for our college students
  • April 8th:  Stuff Easter eggs with candy for the Easter Egg HUnt.
  • May 13th:  Pack Happy Sacks

For more information, please contact Beth by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.

Studies for Adults

We offer a variety of small group studies throughout the year. Study groups for women meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings, and a study group for men meets on Thursday mornings. There are groups on Wednesday evenings (seasonal; April - August) with a variety of topics. For additional information, please click on STUDIES FOR ADULTS and/or contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart, Associate Pastor, by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org.

Parent Connection Group:  Meetings Resume in August 2024

Every Wednesday evening  parents of all ages meet from 6 to 7 p.m. in room F207, located on the 2nd floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center, to discuss issues and concerns dealing with parenting in our world today from a Christian perspective. This is an open discussion group and everyone is invited to join us.

It takes a village to raise our children in a Christ-like way in our culture today, and we are building this group to serve as a place to receive support from other parents, advice and ideas from “more experienced” parents, and a reminder that you are not alone in what you are going through. For more information, please contact Rev. David Burchett at by e-mail at dburchett@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 124.


PLEASE NOTE: Parent Connection Group Meetings will resume in August 2024.

Ministry of Care

The vision of the Ministry of Care at Duluth First United Methodist Church is to promote the Christian message of healing the body, mind, and spirit among all persons within our church and community. The Bible is very clear that as Christians, we are called to care for others through the giving of our time, resources, and ourselves. Getting caught up in our own lives and forgetting about the needs of others can be easy, but we are called to put others first. The foundation of community for God’s people can be summed up in the command to love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18).

Maybe we need to be reminded of how our love for others contributes not just to their well-being, but to our own as well. If you have volunteered to help someone out, or have volunteered in any of the ministries in our church, you know this to be very true. The compassionate presence of Jesus to others reminds us that we are called to show compassion to others. Our presence is blessing to others, especially in times of need as we bring God’s comfort and peace to those around us.

Click on MINISTRY OF CARE to learn more about the any different programs and support groups make up Duluth First UMC’s Ministry of Care. It is through the efforts, energy, and compassion of our volunteers that these programs are able to reach out to those in need. Please read about the following care programs and supports groups at Duluth First UMC, and see if there is a place where you can give of your time and talents through volunteering – your help is needed! Maybe one of the support groups can help you out in a season of life that you may be going through.

Tracy Brinker and Linda Tonge
Ministry of Care Co-Chairs

Ministry of Music & Worship Arts

The purpose of the Music & Worship Arts Ministry at Duluth First United Methodist Church is to blend music, voices, and worship arts in ways that honor God, connect with Scripture, and add to the worship experience. This growing ministry for all ages is integral to our church life and seeks to lead the congregation into a more meaningful and personal relationship with God. Made up of outstanding directors, vocalists and musicians, visual artists, and audio and visual worship technicians, as well as a desire for excellence and spiritual growth, this ministry demonstrates an appreciation for diverse music styles and various Christian music genres from different cultures. Recognizing the varying music needs of an ever-changing church population, the Music & Worship Arts Ministry strives to be relevant and sensitive to a transforming congregation.


Click on MUSIC & WORSHIP ARTS MINISTRY for more information, and/or contact David Daniel, Minister of Music & Worship Arts, by e-mail at ddaniel@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 116.

Mission Ministries

The Missions Ministries at Duluth First United Methodist Church bring the gospel in word and deed to people with the greatest need, so that individuals, families, and communities will have a life-transforming encounter with a living God. Our Missions outreach seeks to:

  • Engage in “making disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) by being mature and equipped followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Be Involved in partnerships with ministries, organizations and churches in Gwinnett County, in Georgia, in our nation, and in our world for transformation through life to life encounters.
  • Equip and Empower our congregation to serve in our mission outreach programs as they are called to use their God-given gifts, time and talents.

At Duluth First United Methodist Church, you can be actively involved in the mission field in the City of Duluth, in Gwinnett County, in Georgia, in other states and in other countries. If you want to get involved in any of our missions areas, please click on MISSIONS MINISTRIES and/or contact Rev. David Burchett by e-mail at dburchett@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 124.

Women's Ministries

The United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women) is a sisterhood acting in faith to tackle the hard work of the world without hesitation. Driven by God’s love and united in sisterhood, we work to improve the lives of women, children and youth. Every day, we show up, take action, and get it done. We invite you to join us as we seek to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities.

We would love for you to join us in our projects, our service, our circles. Let us know how we can help you get involved by clicking on WOMEN’S MINISTRIES or contacting Karen Smith at by e-mail at smith-ga@att.net or call 770-495-7978.