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.


UPCOMING FAMILIES & FELLOWSHIP EVENTS


Missions Ministry Hosting a "Drive-Up Food Drive"

Food Collection for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op:  August 19th

The Duluth First UMC Missions Ministry is hosting a "Drive-Up Food Drive" food collection for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op, a local missions ministry, on Wednesday, August 5th, from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon).  We will have the donation station set up underneath the portico in the back parking lot of the Family Life Center. We are excited to offer a meaningful and safe way for your family to serve our community during this uncertain time. We will be collecting a variety of canned, jarred, and boxed goods for the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-op.


Critically needed items for August 19th will be posted closer to the date of the food drive.


The Missions Ministry will host the "Drive-Up Food Drive" food collections on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday's of each month for the ongoing future.


*SAFETY NOTE: In order to ensure the safety of all participants and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, we will have one family at a time drive up to drop off their donations. Please pack your items in your car trunk, and our volunteers will collect the items directly from there. Thank you!


"Love each other as I have loved you."

John 15:12


Get Ready for Wednesday Night Dinners Drive-Thru to Begin on September 2nd
We know you love our Wednesday night dinners at Duluth First UMC. We are working to provide them for you to save your family the challenge of having to eat at home one more night as school begins and a new normal around your house takes place.

Everything about our lives is different right now and Wednesday night dinners at the church will be different too. Due to social distancing and wearing masks, eating together in Hinton Hall is not a viable option at this time, so get ready for the Wednesday Night Dinner Drive-Thru! It will be similar to curbside pick-up at your favorite restaurant where you order ahead, pay online, and drive by to get your dinner. We want to make it a contactless dinner event.

The first date is Wednesday, September 2nd, and you will receive more information about the menu, how to order, pay, hours and pick-up instructions as we get closer to that date. The good news is there will be dinner.

Combined with the drive through dinner is our donation time of food items for Hands of Christ Duluth Co-Op. You can pick up dinner for your family and drive around to the back of the church to drop off canned goods and other items to support other families. It’s a win-win for our church and our community.

Watch for more information about Wednesday night opportunities in the coming weeks. Blessings and joy as you begin fall with your families.


In-Church Worship Services Have Resumed!

For In-Person Worship, Wear a Mask and Be Well!

As we have re-opened for worship services, we are looking forward to seeing you and worshipping together! Our worship services will be held at their regular times:

  • 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary;
  • 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship in Hinton Hall;
  • 11:00 Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary.

In order to protect everyone's well-being, your observation of guidelines in the following areas is needed. Each of us taking personal responsibility for this will help immensely.

MASKS

  • Masks are required to be worn for all worship services. We will have masks on hand if you forget yours.
  • If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, for the time being we must insist that you stay at home and do online worship only. We will continue to post videos from the worship services online (YouTube, Facebook, and the church's website).

GENERAL HEALTH

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and do online worship only. Do not come to the church if your temperature is over 99.4.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located inside the entrances.

DISTANCING AND WORSHIP SERVICES

  • In the Traditional Worship services, pews will be marked off for social distancing of 6 feet, and bulletins will be placed where you and your family can sit. Families can sit together, but families and individuals must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from one another.
  • In the Contemporary Worship service, chairs will be spaced out for social distancing.
  • All children will worship with their families, including the very young. In keeping with pandemic health guidelines, we will not have a nursery or childcare available for the time being. When it is safe to do so, we will have a nursery.
  • Please do your best to observe 6-foot distancing, including no hugging, no handshakes, no holding the door for the person behind you, etc.
  • Hymns will be printed in the Traditional Worship bulletins, and the screens will continue to be utilized for Contemporary Worship.
  • Instead of passing offering plates, at the entrances we will have buckets/baskets for you to place your offering in when entering or leaving a service.

CHURCH CLEANLINESS

  • The cleanliness of our church's facilities has always been a high priority and will continue to be so.
  • Between the two Traditional Worship services, the Sanctuary will receive an extra cleaning.

The church offices have re-opened with social distancing being observed. Please bring a mask with you anytime that you come to the church so that you can put it on if needed. Masks are not mandatory for small groups or individuals coming to the church during the week, but should be worn whenever social distancing is not possible.

 

Sunday school classes for all ages will tentatively resume on August 2nd. Please follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks whenever social distancing is not possible.

We will continue social distancing practices indefinitely, and will not stop until a clear message that it is safe to do so is received. That way, everyone can feel safe coming to church.

We know how much you miss each other and long to be together. During these uncertain times, we are certain that loving our neighbor is the way of United Methodists. We give thanks for you and for the ways you are loving your neighbors.

Please check your e-mail and our church website regularly for possible changes to these plans.

Thank you.