Transforming our community by BUILDING
relationships to
GROW active disciples who SHARE the life changing lessons of Jesus

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.


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Come worship with us at First UMC, Alexandria!

Chapel Communion Service 7:45am-in the Chapel
Traditional 11am- in the Sanctuary
                                                             Contemporary (9 OH 5) 9:05am
– in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday Mornings:

Communion Service 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. in the Chapel
Contemporary  9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Traditional Service 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Sunday School: Gathering & Fellowship 9:45 a.m. for Adults, Youth and First Kids. Studies begin at 10:10 to 10:50.
Click to learn about Music at First Church

Wednesday Evenings:

The Gathering
Join us Wednesday evenings
(during the school year) at The Gathering.
5:00pm EAT: $5/Adults, $3/Children, or $15/family
5:00pm PRAY: Evening Prayer with Communion in Crowell Chapel5:15pm: Bells Rehearsal
6:00pm ENCOUNTER: Classes and Activities for All Ages.
Adult Bible Study in the Seekers Classroom 6:00pm: Adult Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Classes and activities end.

Our Ministries at First UMC, Alexandria

Transforming our community by BUILDING
relationships to GROW active disciples who SHARE the life changing lessons of Jesus 


(college and up)
(6th – 12th graders)
(3 – 11 year olds)
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. (during the school year)
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 4-6pm in the Youth Room come eat dinner, play games, and do Bible Study.  During the Summer months we add swimming to the evening. This is a great time to fellowship!! Contact Youth Minister, Pastor Katie, for more information.
  • Pay for a Youth Event here

Annual Events

Live Nativity – December  16, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.

Buddy Camp – Autism Camp-June 3-7, 2019; Buddy Camp July 22-26,

VBS – 2019 dates to be announced
Pumpkin Patch-October

Easter Family Day –  (typically falls on Palm Sunday.)

Fall Fun Fest – TBA


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. Hannah Henderson
(318) 443-5696 ext. 102

53rd Annual

                 2019 Dates to be announced

Open daily from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Children’s Day at the Arts Festival
Saturday, April 21
9:00 – 12:00
Click here for more info and to register
Only 45 spots available. 

The Annual Arts Festival of First United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Louisiana, was established in 1967 to encourage use and understanding of the arts as a means of healthy expression.  It presented the first juried art competition in Central Louisiana.  For more than four decades since, the festival has offered a variety of exhibits as well as programs of music, film, literature and drama.  
The festival was renamed in 1980 to honor the memory of the Rev. Tom Peyton, a former associate minister whose ministry to the entire community’s arts and educational efforts was especially significant.  An endowment in Peyton’s memory contributes to the festival’s budget, which is supported otherwise by patrons’ gifts and grants.  The festival enjoys the guidance and services of the church’s staff and the use of its facilities.  The core of the festival remains the competitive juried exhibit, which retains the respect it has earned from artists in the region.
Cenla Focus article:  
 The Limited Edition 50th Annual TPAF Poster!
Click here if you would like to order a limited edition 50th Annual TPAF poster.


February 28 – DEADLINE for entries 
Mid March – Winners notified via e-mail. (make sure to check your spam folders)
April 44:00 p.m. DEADLINE for shipped artwork delivery
April 8 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. Hand-delivered artwork received in Fellowship Hall
April 13 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Ope
ning Reception with Awards                Presentation & Gallery Talk by Juror Brent Oglesbee
April 15 – Special Worship Service led by Uriah Oxford
April 20 – Jazz on Jackson – Doug Kearney & the Charlatones
April 21 – Children’s Day at the Art Festival
April 22 – Worship In The Art – Special 9:Oh5 Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall led by Rev. Ashley McGuire
April 22 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. Festival closes at 2:00 p.m.  Pick up hand-delivered artwork
April 23-25 – Shipped artwork returned

Unfortunately, we will not have a School Art Exhibit this year.
(318) 664-0008 for questions about entries.



               Student Art Competition

 $50 .00 will be awarded to the winner of each category

“As men and women made in the image of God, we acknowledge the ‘creator’ that is part of us. To affirm life is to be part of the creative process.” – Tom Peyton


Dates to Remember

•Entry Deadline:  Friday, February 1st, 2019 •Deadline to receive artwork:  March 4th. 2019 •Festival Dates:  May 3rd-12th, 2019 •Use Psalm 139: 13-14 as the inspiration for your art

Submission Guidelines

Use Psalm 139: 13-14  as your creative muse.  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”– NIV

  • If you win your category you may be asked to explain how the artwork was inspired by the Psalm.
  • All artwork must be original.
  • One entry per participant.
  • Finished dimensions cannot exceed 36 inches in any directions.
  • Artwork is to be submitted by a teacher at the student’s school.
  • Teachers may display one piece of their own art.
  • Artwork is to be matted in black mat board with a hanging device attached to the back.
  • The School Art Committee has the right of refusal if guidelines are not followed.
  • Paintings on canvas should be framed or presented in a professional manner.
  • Teachers may submit THREE student works in each category taught.
  • Teachers may display one piece of their own art.
School Art Entry Forms/ID Labels  are to be securely attached to the back of each entry.
                     To register, please complete this online form completely.

Buddy Ministries

Celebrating its 20th year in 2019!
Watch the video below to experience all Buddy Camp has to offer.
Buddy Camp Video
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.



Daily Devotions

Click HERE for daily Bible readings online.



Guided Bible Reading


Read the Bible in a Year

(printable schedules listed below):
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Click here for a printable version of the 2019 Estimate of Giving Pledge Card. 
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.
Transforming our community by BUILDING
relationships to GROW active disciples who SHARE the life changing lessons of Jesus 

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
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Join our bi-weekly e-news list by contacting Dawn Branton at