About Us


Welcome to First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana!



Who are the people of First Church?

We are people from many backgrounds. We are people who just joined the church for the first time in their life. We are people who came from other denominations. We are longtime members. We are people who are searching. We all have one thing in common: we love the Lord Jesus with all of our hearts, souls and minds. We are First Church.


Relationships are at the heart of everything we do. A healthy growing relationship happens in the midst of our relationships with other people through interacting in worship, outreach ministries, classes and gatherings.


We believe God is present and acts in your life in all the ups and downs even when we aren’t aware of it. Through spiritual practices such as prayer, study, worship and service we learn how to listen for God’s voice and discover God’s will for our life.


We believe God has given us the gift of abundant life – filled with love, joy and peace through his son Jesus Christ.



Come worship with us at First UMC, Alexandria!

Traditional 8:30am & 11am- in the Sanctuary


Contemporary (The Well) 11am
– in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday Mornings:

Traditional 8:30am & 11am – in the Sanctuary
Contemporary (The Well) 11am – in the Fellowship Hall. Relaxed family style worship experience lead by the praise band, Reign.
Sunday School 9:40am for Adults, Youth and First Kidz
Click to learn about Music at First Church

Wednesday Evenings:
The Gathering

Join us Wednesday evenings
(during the school year*) at The Gathering.
5:15pm PRAY: Evening Prayer with Communion in Crowell Chapel
6:15pm GROW: Classes and Activities for All Ages.
Adult Bible Study in the Seekers Classroom
 7:00pm Classes and activities end.

Daily Devotions

Click HERE for daily Bible readings online.



Guided Bible Reading


Read the Bible in a Year

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Our Ministries at First UMC, Alexandria


(college and up)
(6th – 12th graders)
(3 – 11 year olds)
Weekday Children’s Ministry (Preschool & Childcare)
Would you like to volunteer in a ministry at FUMCA? 
Click here to fill out a volunteer form. 

Thrive: Student Ministries



Student Ministries at First Church is made up of youth between 6th and 12th grade. There are a lot of opportunities to connect, meet new friends, worship, serve the community, and grow in your relationship with God.

Wednesday Nights from 6-7pm in the Youth Room, come hang out and do Bible study worship.

Sunday Mornings join us for Sunday School from 9:45-10:45am in the Youth Room where we do a video series and dive in with discussion. 

Sunday Nights from 5-7pm in the Youth Room come eat dinner, play games, and do Bible Study.  This is a great time to fellowship!!

Contact: Kelsey Berlanga, Director of Student Ministries at (318) 443-5696 or



Children are the heart of our church!

Our Nursery is open from  8:15am to 12:15pm
(for infants and toddlers during Sunday School & 11a worship service)
Sunday School Children preschool age-5th grade meet in one of our 3 Godly Play rooms.
  • 3-6 – prek3, prek4 & Kindergarden
  • 6-9 – 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade
  • 9-12 – 4th, 5th, 6th grade
Children’s Moment (11am service) all ages welcome to gather at the front of the sanctuary. After this time:
  • Children ages 2-4 may meet our Nursery Director in the back of the sanctuary to go onto Children’s Church.
  • Children ages 6 plus are encouraged to join family in worship and explore the worship bags.

First Kidz Worship Bags

are canvas totes located on a rack in the back for the sanctuary full of color sheets, small busy toys and stickers. Parents may take one to the pew for their child during worship.
We also we have fun events for kidz to enjoy throughout the year, such as:

Easter Family Fun Day

a potluck after church followed by an Easter egg hunt and activities, typically falls on Palm Sunday.

Children’s Choir & Crafts

on Wednesdays, 6p-7p, in the choir room (meets when
 meets). The Children’s Choir & Handbells perform monthly at the 11a traditional service.  

Children’s Swim Time

swim, eat and play as a family during the summer in our pool. The dates vary between Sundays and Wednesdays.
a week of fun crafts, activities, songs and snacks. VBS is typically held during the third week in June.

Back to School Party

celebrates the end of summer and the beginning of school the Sunday before school starts.

Fall Fun Fest & Trunk-or-Treat Fall Fun Fest

is a fundraiser for our
 that involves games, dinner and a silent auction. Trunk-or-Treat concludes the event and allows children to dress in costume and collect candy. These events are typically the week before Halloween.
The grassy area across Jackson Street is turned into a pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are for sale and proceeds benefit church missions. The patch is open daily from 10a-6p, approximately 3 weeks before Halloween. It makes a great photo op!

Advent Activities

Children and families participate in activities such as making a Family Advent Wreath in the 4-5 Sundays leading up to Christmas.


Click here
for the 51st Annual
Tom Peyton Arts Festival

Buddy Ministries

Buddy Ministries allow children and teens, both with and without developmental challenges, to participate in events that happen throughout the year. Buddy Camp, which started in 2000, is a week long summer day camp. Buddy Church is every Sunday during Sunday School and Worship hours. Buddy Night takes place on different days throughout the year.



Missions: Ready to Serve


“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.” -Matthew 9:35


Share your Interest


“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” -James 2:26


Share your story

“Your ministry of this service to God’s people isn’t only fully meeting their needs but it is also multiplying in many expressions of thanksgiving to God.” -2 Corinthians 9:12

In our communities and around the globe, First Church members are using their time, gifts and talents in amazing ways that are changing lives and transforming communities. We want to hear about how you live out your faith, whether that is as part of a First Church ministry or through some other avenue, we’d like to know how you are leaving your mark on the world. Please take a moment to share your story with us.


Serve now

Click a link below for immediate serving opportunities.

Contact Information:

Rev. Marissa Teauseau
(318) 443-5696 ext. 102

Annual Events

Festival 4/28-5/7
Reception 4/28 at 6PM
Worship Service 4/30 at 11:00
Jazz on Jackson 5/5 at 6-8PM

Live Nativity – 2017 dates coming soon!

Buddy Camp – June 5-9, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                       July 31-Aug.4 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                       Teen Camp May 22-26 from 3:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. 

VBS – June 26-30, 2017  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration is now open!

Pumpkin Patch – open Monday – Saturday from 10a-6p  and Sundays from 11a-5pm in October.

Easter Family Day – typically falls on Palm Sunday.

Fall Fun Fest/Trunk-or-Treat – typically the 3rd Sunday in October.


Beyond Alex Missions: Scotland – Isle of Iona

If you are interested in going on this mission trip, please contact: Rev. Larry Norman, (225) 933-1881,, 1562 Chevelle Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.


Guests may give without having to log-in or be a member.
You will be able to specify a particular fund or ministry area.
Logging in as a member allows you to access the online directory, schedule giving, access an app for your phone.
If you have any questions or have difficulty with giving online please call the church office Finance Department at (318) 443-5696.

Contact Us


Church Information

Staff Emails

Church Office: (318) 443-5696
Fax: (318) 484-2692

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

2727 Jackson Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301