FIRST CHURCH - raising disciples

Ephrata, PA

Our Worship Services

In This Special Season


8:30 & 11:00 AM APRIL 5 & 12, 2020

Please join us in worship, live or recorded, using one of the following options:

  • 8:30 am only - on Blue Ridge Cable, channel 11 Sunday at 12 noon
  • Live-streamed on Facebook at 8:30 am and 11:00 am respectively, open to public i.e. you do NOT need a Facebook account to watch this live streaming! This is a public account. Just click on this link!

DELAYED RECORDINGS of BOTH services can be viewed anytime during the week (allowing time for uploading to the internet) 

  • On facebook – visitFirst Church, FUMC Ephrata (same as link above).  Again, this is available to all as our Facebook page is a public page. Those with Facebook accounts can also host a “Watch party” and invite friends to watch it with them.
  • Right here on our church website. (Allow time for recording to be uploaded after close of service).

            - For complete services just scroll down this page to "Lenten Worship Services”. 

              Video and audio options available.  .

            - For Sermons only (audio)  go to ephratafirst/home/messages


Thursday, April 9  7:00 pm  – This service will be live streamed on Facebook. It is open to the public i.e. you do NOT need a facebook account to watch this live streaming! This is a public account. Just click on this link! Communion will be served by drive-through following the service. A single pre-packaged, self-contained communion serving will be available for those in your immediate family, but due to the limited supply we have only enough for 100 persons. Pastor Walter will remain at the carport for 45 minutes to accommodate those who choose to come.  Here again delayed viewing will be available on Facebook.


Friday, April 10   12 noon to 3:00 pm

Check back for details as they become available


Our bills continue, so your offerings will be welcomed

  • by U.S. mail
  • by paypal to, check box for giving to a friend
  • by setting up automatic giving from your checking or savings account (authorization form is available from the church office or for printing from the church website link on next line) or
  • by our website which will take you to a secure site to give via your credit card.

We are grateful for your continued faithful giving.


Scroll down to find more information and recordings of our Lenten services.  

You will also find a Daily Word of Encouragement on the "Welcome" page below.


First Church is located at 68 N. Church Street in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. If you're an Ephrata native or if you're

just visiting our beautiful countryside, please stop by to say hi. We love meeting new people and




8:30 a.m. Traditional Service

  9:30-11:00 a.m. Refreshments at the Church Street Cafe

9:45-10:45 a.m. Equipping Hour for all ages (Sunday School)

     11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service

Current Message Series: Sound Doctrine

Daily Word of Encouragement - click here

Click here to listen to weekly messages online or to subscribe to our podcast.

Or scroll down to listen to complete Lenten worship services.

Visit here for information on our Holy Week Services

* The 8:30 a.m. worship service can be viewed each Sunday

on local Blue Ridge Cable 11 at 12:00 noon.

Lenten Worship Services

Below you will find recordings of our complete worship services -  8:30 a.m. traditional and some of our 11 a.m. contemporary services.   

Click on the play arrow to listen right here. Or click on RESOURCES to download for later or for a a copy of the Order of Worship or John Wesley's sermon upon which each is based.  To listen to these and other previous sermons only (not complete services), click here.

Wesley's sermon to read for March 22, 2020  The New Birth - click here

Order of Worship for March 22, 2020 - click here

Wesley's sermon to read for March 29, 2020  The Scripture Way of Salvation - click here

Order of Worship for March 29, 2020 - click here

Wesley's sermon to read for April 5, 2020  On Sin in Believers - click here

Wesley's sermon to read for April 12, 2020  The Almost Christian - click here


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Therefore, dear friends...grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18 (NIV)