FIRST CHURCH - raising disciples

Ephrata, PA

Worship at First Church

In This Special Season

Our leadership team has been working hard to make our environment safe for everyone. Worship times will remain the same – Traditional at 8:30 a.m. and Contemporary at 11:00 a.m. There are several ways you can join us. See "Our Sunday Services - how to connect" below.

During the 11 a.m. service only -  children's classes through 6th grade for those who are comfortable attending - rooms 209 and 205. Or children are welcome to sit with their parents in the service.

Equipping Hour classes 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.   

  • The Youth class (7th-12th grades) is meeting on third floor - room 301.  The ICON Youth are also meeting Sunday evenings.
  • Women on the Journey is meeting on third floor - room 310/311.
  • Connect class is meeting in room 203.
  • Faith & Friendship class is meeting in Fellowship Hall

There is restricted seating in the sanctuary. These restrictions are our attempt to comply with all the recommendations in regard to social distancing.

We ask all to practice social distancing and to have no physical contact while here. We also ask you to bring your mask with you as you may desire to wear it all the time or when in more congested areas such as walkways, entrances, etc. 

This is for those who are comfortable attending at this time. The services will continue to be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing.

Friends of the Farm BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) after second service:

BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) and join in with others after church in Fellowship Hall. Eat lunch and fellowship together.. Time is flexible. Come and go as your schedule permits. Tables are spaced for social distancing.

OUR SUNDAY SERVICES - how to connect

8:30 a.m. (traditional) & 11:00 a.m. (contemporary) 

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

  • 8:30 am only - on Blue Ridge Cable, channel 11 at 12 noon
  • 8:30 a.m. (traditional) & 11:00 a.m. (contemporary) - Live-streamed on Facebook, 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 are available at anytime during the week (allowing time for uploading to the internet.)

  • VIDEO of services is available on Facebook - visit "First Church, FUMC Ephrata" (same link as above)  Again, this playback 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. 
  • AUDIO of services can be found right here on our church website (allow time for uploading) 
                - For AUDIO of complete services just scroll on down this page.

                - For AUDIO of Sermons only go to ephratafirst/home/messages


Our bills continue, so your offerings will be welcomed
      Go to our "Donate" page for details on ways that you can give.
      We are grateful for your continued faithful giving.


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

You will also find a Weekly 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




Listed below is our normal schedule when coronavirus restrictions are not in place.

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: The Passion of Christ

First Sunday Message Series: What a Christian Is

What a Christian Is - Card E to print for your prayer time

     Weekly 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 worship services.

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

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

Our Worship Services - audio version

Below you will find AUDIO recordings of our complete worship services -  8:30 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services.  VIDEO recordings are available on facebook (see link at top of this page.)

Click on the play arrow to listen to a recording. Or click on RESOURCES to download for later or for a copy of the Order of Worship/Hymns etc.  To listen to these and other previous sermons only (not complete services), 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)