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 Chapel
6:00pm ENCOUNTER: Classes and Activities for All Ages.
Adult Bible Study in the Seekers Classroom
6:00pm: Bells Rehearsal
6:30pm: Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Classes and activities end.


Our Ministries at First UMC, Alexandria


(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 5-7pm 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!!

Annual Events

Tom Peyton Memorial Arts FestivalApril 13-22, 2018

Live Nativity – Live Nativity is taking a break this year to begin preparations for the 2018 Christmas                                     Season.  

Buddy Camp – Camp #1 June 4-8, Camp #2 July 30-August 3, Teen Camp June 25-29 Registration begins on March 1

VBS – July 16-20, 2018

Pumpkin Patch – open Monday – Saturday from 10a-6p  and Sundays from 12:30pm-4:30pm in October.

Easter Family Day – March 28, 2018 (typically falls on Palm Sunday.)

Fall Fun Fest/Trunk-or-Treat – 2018 dates to be announched


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

52nd Annual

APRIL 13-22, 2018

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
April 21 – Children’s Day at the Art Festival
April 22 – Special 9:Oh5 Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall
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.

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.



Daily Devotions

Click HERE for daily Bible readings online.



Guided Bible Reading


Read the Bible in a Year

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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
Do you want to keep up with what’s going on at FUMCA?
Join our bi-weekly e-news list by contacting Christi Bates at 

Our church is among a select few in the Louisiana conference participating in a Church Transformation program. Reverend Ashley has mentioned this several times from the pulpit and it is now time for our entire congregation to get involved. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete this Church Transformation Survey. The information you provide is vital to securing an accurate evaluation of our church. It will take you about fifteen minutes and is completely anonymous. The deadline to submit your survey is Saturday, March 24th. 


This is unlike any survey we have done in the past. The results are being analyzed at the district level and a team of consultants will use the information you provide to make recommendations on how to transform First Methodist into a vibrant community of believers working together to make disciples of Christ. This process will only be successful if everyone participates.


The link for this survey is


Janice Williams
Camille LaCroix
Katherine Douzart