We're easy to find in Downtown Peoria

Set your GPS: 116 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL
We're in walking distance to the Convention Center, Peoria Public Library, the Federal Building and even a great little coffee shop.

"I believe you'll find us to be a place where you can find the love and grace of Jesus, and the encouragement of a church family and friends. This is a place where we are all challenged to make a difference."

Rev. Dr. Tim Ozment, Directing Pastor

Click on any of these panels to begin your tour of the ministry opportunities and groups available here at FUMC.

Go HIGHER with the many worship opportunities at First.
It's here you'll explore the different worship services available here at FUMC, including our traditional, Renew (contemporary), Renuevo (bilingual), and Alive (Loaves & Fish) services.
We're going WIDER, beyond the walls of the church.
Click here to learn more about the Foster Gallery, Loaves & Fish, our missions work, Buddy Ministries, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
Getting CLOSER means learning to care.
This page will introduce you to caring ministries such as GriefShare, Mommy Moments, Caring Hearts, and Neutral Grounds.
Go DEEPER with opportunities to connect with others.
Check this section out for details on our small groups ministry, Sunday School, our library, Kids Ministry, and Youth Ministry.

We are the church.

The long shutdown has reminded us that the church is not a building, but it is the people. Our campus isn't just a location in beautiful downtown Peoria, but it's also in our homes and all the places where we gather. Here are quick links to all the ways we are learning to be the church even through the restrictions of this long pandemic. Even as we enter the phase of slowly and gently reopening, these are ways you can participate in our ministry work no matter where you are.

I'm Here!

We're practicing digital nearness in a time of social distancing. We want to stay in touch with you in the best way possible, so if you watch one of our online broadcasts, would you be so kind to let us know you're here? Just click the button below and check in. Feel free to add prayer requests or any other comments.

Giving

If you are able to give, your offerings assure that our work for Jesus will continue strong long after the present day threat has passed.

Zoom Classes & Groups

We offer Zoom classes and small groups throughout the week. Adult Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM, Pastor’s Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM, and several small groups. If you would like to participate, please click the response button below and we will send you an invitation. If your small group would like to use Zoom to meet, you can also use the contact form and we will help you set that up.

Worship Broadcasts

Click here to go to our media page where you can view live worship services as they happen, or check out our worship service archives.

Podcasts

This isn't your typical church podcast. It's an in-depth look at the topics and issues that are important in the Peoria region, great stories of hope, and ways that you can make a difference in the world around you. 116 is our address, but it's also a reflection of our heart.

Story Time with Ms. Sue

We have a special place for our youngest, and youngest at heart. Join us on our Wee Bitties page for these special broadcasts. And, be sure to have your thumbs up!

Interactive Worship
for Kids

We are excited to offer an interactive worship experience for children each Sunday that includes video Bible lessons, prayer, activities to go with the lessons, children's messages, and more.  Click below to give your children the freedom to worship our God on their level!

THE HERALD MAGAZINE

Creativity has been key in making meaningful ministry multiply in a time of social distancing. Now that summer is approaching, and the pandemic still looms, how will that affect Vacation Bible School, Youth Camps, and other typical summer ministries? Our Summer Sunshine issue will give you the big picture view of what to expect in these ministries for 2021, as well as important ministries like Morton Square Soccer.  You'll also find an intriguing look at Bach's Bible with our very own Dr. John Orfe, Douglas Grogan will answer your questions about our Holy Week drama presentation, along with many other important updates and stories. Here is an encouraging look at what God is doing among us, and how we hope this summer will shine like no other.

Click below to view the online version, or to download the pdf version. 

Thanks for joining us for the conversation!

Welcome in! We're at a tipping point, we've reached our turning point, and we're READY TO PIVOT. Let's use the lessons of 2020 to get stronger and better in 2021. Let us know what you think.

A special welcome from Tim Ozment

Free Excerpt

The book, Be Patient, Take Courage, Don't Grumble, by our own Greg Fish gets us started with some thoughts about how to move forward.

Put 2020 In the Rear View Mirror

Is There Hope For Me After 2020?

Tim Ozment takes a look at some important ideas about what hope is, and isn't. 

Podcast: The 116

Why would a young, millennial couple decide to uproot their lives and move across the world to help others? What motivates today's young adults to take on a mission much bigger than themselves? If you've been waiting for someone in the church to "put their money where their mouth is," and live what they believe, then this new episode of our podcast is for you.
A young couple from FUMC, whose names we'll omit here for their security once overseas, answers the hard questions as to why they are packing up and moving across the globe. Hear the thoughts, strategies, and hopes of how these two people of faith take on the challenge of presenting hope in a land averse to Christianity. How does an engineer, and someone raised in a non-believing household, find it within themselves to make a life-changing move such as this? You'll find this episode to be a great insight into the mindset of the modern movement to take Christ to the world.

Listen here or download on your favorite podcast platform. Search for: The 116.

Tell us what you're struggling with. What needs to change for you in 2021? 

OUR NEW VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

Music at First

Music is an important part of our DNA at First. Join us here to find out what is coming up and how to get involved with our excellent music programing.

The Foster Gallery

The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts was established to nurture mutual understanding and appreciation of the connection between art and faith, and to develop and strengthen relationships between artists, the community, and the church.

Our Missions Strategy

Starting with the transformation of our own community, we stretch our hands out across the world to be a part of sharing the Good News and resourcing communities around the world.

Forms, Reports, & Church Calendar

Here's your convenient connection to forms you might need to connect with specific areas of our ministry work and our church calendar. You'll also find pdf downloads of reports and information that enhance your encounters with our various areas of ministry.

Give

We have a mission and a ministry that is strengthened by the generous gifts of our people. Click here to learn about our giving options, including convenient digital giving.

The Herald

Check out our monthly print publication, The Herald, for stories about the heart of our ministry work together. Click this page to download the digital pdf version.

HELP! 

If you are in need of assistance, click here to find out about the services we provide and information about other resources for help.