Christ First United Methodist Church

Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Holy Week at Christ First UMC!

Wednesday of Holy Week

During our “Life” gathering at 7 p.m. in Darrah Hall, we’ll experience together the first ‘Lord’s Supper’, beginning with the evening that Jesus washed the disciples’ feet…Come ready to be hands – and feet – on with the Gospel!

Good Friday - Two opportunities to walk with Christ

  • - We join with Immanuel Baptist forthe “Seven Last Words” Service, noon – 2 p.m.; a time to remember Christ in music and meditations
  • - At Christ First, the “Tenebrae”, the service of gathering darkness, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary; the story of Christ’s last hours told in words and special music

Easter Sunday - Three services!

  • - Easter Sunrise: 7 a.m. in the Parking Lot, a service of song and fire, with breakfast goodies afterward in Darrah Hall!
  • - Early Service: 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel; The tomb is empty!
  • - 9:30 a.m.: Easter Egg Hunt in Darrah Hall!
  • - The Great Celebration of Easter: 10:45 in the Sanctuary;Proclaiming the Resurrection in light, flowers, word, amazing music, and joy overflowing! The Message: "Seeing Jesus" ...Please be welcome!

Scholarship Fund

Any member of Christ First UMC who is planning on being, a full time student in a college, university or seminary in the 2014-2015 school year, may apply for a scholarship. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by the Scholarship Committee according to the funds available and the need of the applicant. Applicants must be actively involved in a campus ministry program, off-campus church or Christ First UMC.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the committee’s review.

All completed applications must be received in the church office by May 1st.

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2014 Rummage Sale

Wednesday Evening Gathering

Life Please join us for a different laid-back gathering opportunity. Doors open at 6:30 pm with a 7:00 pm start.

We spend some time in open fellowship, then share in a variety of learning, sharing, praise, and worship opportunities. It is a wonderful friendly place to come and enjoy time with other folks, seeking to recharge.

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What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

Lent 2014Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

Why Lent?

The topic of Lent brings up the whole topic of the “church calendar” in general—the yearly cycle of seasons shared by most Christians throughout the world (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and many Protestants). Now, the church calendar is not fixed in Scripture. Rather, it has developed in the common worship life of the Christian churches through the centuries.

So if it is not in the Bible, why use it?

It is helpful to remember first of all that Lent is just as much a part of the church calendar as are Christmas and Easter. Even many churches who do not use of the rest of the church calendar celebrate Christmas and Easter. At Christmas we celebrate God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ to save us, and at Easter we celebrate the victory that comes by Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

The celebrations of Easter and Christmas convey the focal messages of the Christian faith. I am grateful for these seasons and celebrations that give me a strong reminder of how God is saving us in Jesus Christ. They provide a crucial focus for me as a disciple of Jesus, and put the whole church all on the same page. Still, why add Lent into the mix?

Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century Christian preacher and theologian, liked to say, omnis Christi actio nostra est instructio—“every action of Christ is for our instruction.” To grow into maturity as disciples of Jesus requires that we attend to the whole life of Jesus, not only to his birth and resurrection. Through Jesus’ whole life among us, God is working to save, to heal, to drive out demons, to teach us, to redeem creation.

The season of Lent is a season of preparation for Easter. During Lent we remember that important part of Jesus’ life when he dwelt fasting in the desert for forty days, and was tempted by the devil. Where Adam and Eve gave in to the serpent’s temptation, Jesus does not: even in self-denial, Jesus is victorious over temptation.

And late in Lent, during Holy Week and especially on Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ suffering and death to save us. The day is so much brighter when you have been through the darkness. To see the light of Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter, you have to acknowledge the suffering of his execution that precedes it.

In Lent, we are attentive to the parts of Jesus’ life—his self control, his patience, his faithfulness even in suffering—that we hope to gain as his disciples. I have found a yearly observance of Lent helpful in this respect.

Study Programs

Study Programs

We offer a variety of programs and opportunities for study, fellowship and service to others.

Mission & Outreach

Mission & Outreach

Our Mission and Outreach ministry is divided among three areas: international, national and local.

Youth Ministry

Youth & Children

Teaching our children the ways of Christ is the foundation for shaping the world and future generations.


Worship Services

Worship Services

In our church, both traditional and informal worship models are presented in various services.


Pastor Natalie

Pastor Natalie

"I love worship! You go through seasons together and share life experiences. It's wonderful!"


Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

We have an awesome team dedicated to the development of Christ First UMC in Jamestown.



Mind, Soul, Heart & Strength


Welcome to Christ First in Jamestown, NY

Our Mission

At Christ First, we seek to grow…

  • In knowing Jesus,
  • In praising God,
  • In loving each other,
  • With our neighbors,
  • To heal the world.

Who We Are

We are a community of ordinary people who discover extraordinary blessings as we follow Christ together. We want to share the joy of it with everyone!


“You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and the first commandment,
and a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”


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