Families & Fellowship

Support for families is an important ministry at Duluth First United Methodist Church.  Parenting classes with childcare provided offer help and support to families.  Activities for the family to do together are also a part of the church calendar.

A variety of events are offered for Christian fellowship for all ages – singles, couples and families.  Movie night, dinners, Trunk or Treat, and Christmas Caroling are just a few examples of the fellowship events at Duluth First United Methodist Church.


Missions Ministry's “Drive-Up Food Drive” Food Collection for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op: May 26th

Our church’s Missions Ministry is hosting Drive-Up Food Drives for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op, a local missions ministry, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday through May, and then resuming in the Fall.

The next Food Drive will be held on Thursday, May 26th, from 10 a.m. to noon. Critically needed canned items for the food drive will be posted closer to the date of the food drive.

We are excited to offer a meaningful and safe way for your family to serve our community. We will be collecting a variety of goods at a donation station set up underneath the portico in the back of the Sheldon Family Life Center.

To learn more about the Duluth Co-op, please click on https://duluthco-op.org.

Save the Date for Vacation Bible School 2022:  June 13th - 17th
Mark your calendars and save the date! Vacation Bible School is back in person the week of June 13th-17th from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The theme this year is Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness. Registration is now underway for kids going into pre-Kindergarten (age 4 as of September 1st) through rising 6th graders. Registration is FREE this year. Each day participants will learn a new Bible verse as they go to Bible story time, sing songs, play games, make crafts, and eat yummy snacks.
In addition to registering participants, we are also registering adult and youth volunteers. We especially need shepherds. These are adult volunteers who are in charge of a group of 6-10 kids. Shepherds do not need to prepare anything in advance. They lead their group to the various activities where other volunteers are in charge. If you would like to help, but are only available one or two days that week, you can put your available dates on your registration. We often need substitute shepherds. Also, the nursery is available for the children of volunteers if you have a child who is not old enough to be a participant.
Everyone who registered by May 15th was guaranteed a VBS t-shirt and CD. All Vacation Bible School participant registration forms, as well as volunteer forms, are available online at vbspro.events/p/0902e6.

For more information, please contact Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 138.

Prayer Bead Workshop:  June 26th
Join us on Sunday, June 26th, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Rainey Fellowship Hall, for a Prayer Bead Workshop, led by Kristen Vincent. You may remember that Kristen was our guest speaker at this year’s Ash Wednesday service. An award-winning author, speaker, and artisan whose passion is spiritual formation, including the use of prayer beads, Kristen is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and The Academy for Spiritual Formation.

All are welcome to attend this workshop and the cost is $10 per person. You will learn about the many types of aids people use to pray, and will have an opportunity to make a set of prayer beads. There will be activities for all ages. Please register by contacting Tracy Brinker by e-mail at tbrinker@duluthumc.org or calling 770-476-3776. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Duluth First UMC's COVID-19 Policy

We are now back to our base-level COVID policy: Based on the latest guidelines from the CDC, Duluth First UMC’s COVID protocol applies to worship and all other church events and to all areas of the campus:

  • For those who have been fully vaccinated, masks are not required.
  • For those who have not been fully vaccinated, masks and social distancing are required.
  • The church will continue to make masks available for all.

Many thanks to everyone for working together so graciously to be the church during this pandemic--from the time we went to online only on March 15, 2020, through our re-opening with masks on June 28, 2020, and into this next phase going forward.

Your cooperation in loving your neighbor as yourself is helping us to help people follow Jesus.

Terry Tippens, Senior Pastor