What To Expect

New to Jackson First?

At Jackson First UMC, you are part of the family. ALL are welcome here. Whether you are young or old, single, married, single again, with or without children, we invite you to experience the love of God and grow in the kind of faith that will make a difference in your life!

Jackson First UMC is downtown at 275 West Michigan Avenue between Jackson and Blackstone, across from the Public Library. 


During the week, our doors remain locked. Please ring the bell and our office staff will be happy to buzz you in. Deliveries are possible through the front doors on Michigan Avenue.

On Sunday morning there is ample free parking with designated handicapped spaces.  You may park in front of the church on Michigan Avenue or in our West lot on the corner of Michigan & Blackstone.  Our South lot is closest to the Welcome Center or you may use the American Title lot across the street (off Cortland). 

The American Title lot is not available on weekdays.

Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 am and might best be described as “fresh” traditional.  Our worship features a mixed style of informal/formal dress, traditional/blended liturgy and music, people of all ages/all walks of life in a beautiful setting.

Here at Jackson First, we want to meet the needs of your family!  If you prefer to keep your children with you during worship, ask an usher for an activity bag to keep young minds and hands busy as they learn and grow in the faith. 

We offer several safe spaces, for you and your children ages 0-4.

Sunday School begins at 10:45am after a special time for children in our worship service. Our Sunday School and Nursery rooms can be found right off of the Sanctuary.

 Youth Group (“Youts”) meets for Bible Study, dinner, fellowship and fun beginning at 5:30pm Sunday evenings. 

See https://www.firstumcjackson.org/ministries/ for more details.

You won’t be asked to stand to be recognized or to wear a nametag.  We would appreciate your providing us with your name and address on a Connect Card (included in your bulletin).  We like to follow up with our guests to thank them for coming. Guests are also invited to join us in Fellowship Hall for Hospitality time after worship.  We hope you’ll stop in to receive a warm welcome, a bite to eat, and a cup of coffee or tea.

The ministries of Jackson First UMC are financially supported by voluntary contributions of its members and friends. We do not expect a contribution from our guests but if you’re called to do so, an offering envelope is found in your bulletin or you can give on our website at https://www.firstumcjackson.org/give/