At First United Methodist Church, we provide ministries and outreach programs for people of all ages. We are blessed to have excellent Sunday School classes, children and youth outreach programs, four adult classes on Sunday mornings at 9:45am, and a lot more! Click a link below for more information.
We offer many adult study and fellowship activities at First United Methodist Church of Clarion.
Adult Sunday School Classes Classes:
Adult Discussion: Upper Room (Room 221) - Dr. Tom Miller: This class enjoys inspirational book studies.
Trailblazers: Room 102 (First Floor) - Mrs. Gwen Rhoades
Rock of Ages: Room 004 (Basement) - Ms. Mary Brooks
Seeking Grace: Room 205 - Dr. Bart Matson
We have various adult retreat opportunities throughout the year at FUMC, Clarion.
United Methodist Men:
Our United Methodist Men's group meets Wednesday mornings at 8:00am in Room 102. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the church office for more information.
United Methodist Women:
The United Women in Faith is a mission organization focusing on women, children and youth. We come together to study the Bible, to learn about the mission work of the United Methodist Church, to pray and care for each other, and to enhance our spiritual growth. We invite you to learn more about this important part of the United Methodist Church.
This is a special invitation to you to visit one of our groups. The groups are as follows—with the regular date and time of their meetings.
Ruth Circle—Third Tuesday 6:30pm
Naomi Circle—Second Thursday 12:00pm
At First United Methodist Church of Clarion, we typically offer The Sacrament of Communion the first Sunday of each month as well as other special Christian days throughout the year.
The Sacrament of Communion is celebrated throughout the year and is open to all persons who desire to be so blessed by this holy experience. You do not have to be a member to partake; you cannot be too young or too old. All are welcome!
Our church serves communion primarily while sitting in the pews, and sometimes at the communion rail. On occasion we will serve with common cup and loaf.
We use 100% non alcoholic grape juice and wheat bread so all person may partake without fear of addiction.
First United Methodist Church of Clarion is proud of our Music Ministry. We offer a variety of musical opportunities for all age groups and we WELCOME you to participate!
Children’s Choir meets various Sundays from 9:00-9:30am in the dining room.
Singing Angels practice every Sunday, from 9:30-9:45am in Room 200. Children in preschool through grade 4 are invited to participate. The Singing Angels perform the second Sunday of each month at the 11:00am worship service.
Children's Bell Choir practice on Sundays from 9:00-9:15am in Room 212. Anyone in fourth grade or older is invited to participate.
Children's Chimes practice on Sundays from 9:15-9:30am in Room 212. Anyone in second grade or older is invited to participate.
Adult Bell Choir
Chancel Choir – Do you love to sing? Do you want to have fun? Do you want to be part of a wonderful church family? Well, we would love to have you come join us in the Chancel Choir. Practice is on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00pm. We sing at the 8:30am church service throughout the church year, as well as the 8:30am church service the last Sunday of the month. No audition necessary, so please come and join us.
You are certainly welcome to join in any of the church’s choirs, and all the members welcome you with open arms.
Please contact the Director of Music, Randy Bowser at email@example.com.
Clarion Community Choir - Many of our members participate in the Clarion Community Choir. The Clarion Community Choir welcomes anyone high school age or older who enjoys singing. Music reading ability is not required. Rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm here at the church.
The Choir was founded in 1975 under the direction of Fran Shope, and is sponsored by First United Methodist Church. Current director is Zachary Covington, and accompanist is Mary Brooks.
Activities include the annual Autumn Leaf Festival Concert, Christmas and Spring Concerts. Past activities have included a Sunday night Song Service at Chautauqua Institute, a trip to Clarion, Iowa to sing at their June Festival in the Park, a two week tour to Germany, Austria, Leichtenstein, Switzerland, and Italy, singing at the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., and other special appearances for concerts in the local area.
The Youth Group at First United Methodist Church of Clarion is an extremely important ministry of our church. We believe it is important to reach out to teenagers all over our community and help them be part of Christian Fellowship that so many times is missing while in school. We believe that nurturing and guidance through these “tough” years can lead to very successful adult lives. We believe that teaching them about Christ helps them make better decisions and form more meaningful relationships. Well that is my perspective as the Youth Director because I was a member of this youth group long ago and it helped me build a foundation of loving Jesus that has carried through to this very day. I love Jesus and I am constantly reminding them that Christ matters. These youth matter.
This youth group always has a busy schedule. We eat together (a lot). We participate in fun stuff like bowling, laser tag, Sky Zone, Corn Mazes, Haunted Houses and the list goes on. We meet every Sunday night in the Youth Room from 6:00pm to 8:00pm where we have a lesson and some free time together.
We help with various mission projects and our favorite is our Annual Habitat for Humanity Trip that we participate in every June (We always leave on Father’s Day – mark this important date in your calendar). This mission trip has proven valuable clear back into the early 80’s when is was introduced. The kids are passionate about helping people. We always leave our mark in the communities that we serve. These Work Camp experiences prove valuable to developing leaders, working with others and also learning the skills it takes to build or maintain a home.
Bottom line, We Love Our Youth. If you are interested in attending or helping, please contact the Youth Director, Shelly Rhoades at firstname.lastname@example.org.