A Brief History
Founded in 1883 by northern and southern Methodists who overcame deep cultural divisions, First Methodist Church was created in a log cabin. By 1890 funds had been raised and a new church was built on the corner of Fifth and White Streets, the current downtown location.
In 1904 a new education wing was built and years of growth followed. The Depression and World War II increased debt and hardship, yet the 1950's involved raising deconstructing part of the old church and creating a new education wing.
Preceding the hosting of Annual Conference in1961, nine major stained glass windows were created and installed in the sanctuary. The merger of E.U.B. and M.C. in 1968 was an important milestone, and in the ensuing years it became clear that the congregation wanted to maintain its downtown location. First United Methodist Church hosted the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in 2009 and completed some remodeling prior to the Conference. Currently First Church is a regional church with people traveling up to 50 miles to worship.
Members and Attendance
Approximately 925 members on the rolls of the church average weekly worship attendance of 320 which includes two Sunday services.
On any given Sunday, people from 2 months to 100 years of age will attend. Many are white-collar professionals or retired.
Demographically, about 1/3 of members are under 40 years of age, 1/3 are 41-65, and 1/3 66+.
Empowered groups and committees
actively fulfill the church's mission by regularly developing new ministries: multiple small groups; Community Outreach includes a popular monthly “A Little Noon Music” concert featuring local musicians which brings the downtown community to the sanctuary;
Kid's Aid supplies food at two elementary schools; Annual United Methodist Women's Bazaar in November draws crowds; multiple intergenerational events such as the Hoe Down Chili Cook-off are held for the five generations of parishioners;
Participating in our community
Approximately 27 community groups utilize the church facilities on different occasions;
R-5 High School and FUMC partner together to feed more than 85 students weekly! Why? Because there is no school cafeteria, it is just two blocks from the church, and many of the students cannot afford lunches.
Make-A-Change monthly offerings include a local service provider speaking in worship and receiving offerings; monthly meals at the homeless shelter are staffed by parishioners; the church serves as fiscal agent and headquarters for the district's Committee on Native American Ministries.
Connections globally, regionally, and locally occur through mission work trips, education programs, and offerings to support disaster relief, missionaries, and impoverished communities, e.g., sending supplies and groups to the United Methodist Committee On Relief warehouse in Salt Lake City.