FIRST CHURCH

raising disciples

Ephrata, PA

(Photo: Farm Fest 2021)

WELCOME TO FIRST CHURCH

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

WE WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU!  

   

SUNDAY MORNINGS**

8:30 a.m. Traditional Service* 

9:45-10:45 a.m. Equipping Hour for Youth & Adult Classes (Sunday School); 

Child Care for Young Children

     11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service; Children's Classes


(Refreshments at our Church Street Cafe are still on hold due to COVID precautions.)

  

Current Message Series: Jonah - Relentless Grace

     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.


**Our desire is to provide a safe environment at First Church in keeping with State and CDC guidelines. We ask people to use discretion when attending our services, making choices at their own comfort level and also honoring and respecting the comfort level of others.  


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

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

OUR SUNDAY SERVICES

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


Please join us in worship in-person, live-streamed on Facebook or in delayed recording, using one of the following options:

  • In-person worship - both services
  • 8:30 am only - on Blue Ridge Cable, channel 11 at 12 noon
  • Live-streamed on Facebook, both services, 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 the following link! https://www.facebook.com/FirstChurchFUMCEphrata/live_videos/

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.
  • 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

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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
  • Children's classes are currently held only during the 11 a.m. service. Plans are being made to resume children's activities during the equipping hour.  Child care for younger children is now available during the equipping hour in room 209.


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


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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 or at the church farm location if the weather is favorable. Eat lunch and fellowship together. Time is flexible. Come and go as your schedule permits. Tables are spaced for social distancing.

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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.

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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 above on 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)