Transforming our community by BUILDING
relationships to
GROW active disciples who SHARE the life changing lessons of Jesus.
Join us for our  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24, 5:30 pm.

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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Dec 1, 2019
Prepare Him Room
"Prepare Him Room".
  • Dec 1, 2019Prepare Him Room
    Dec 1, 2019
    Prepare Him Room
    "Prepare Him Room".
  • Nov 24, 2019Christ the King
    Nov 24, 2019
    Christ the King
    Series: 2019
    "Christ the King".
  • Nov 17, 2019We Give Thanks
    Nov 17, 2019
    We Give Thanks
    "We Give Thanks".
  • Nov 10, 2019Circles and Spheres
    Nov 10, 2019
    Circles and Spheres
    Series: 2019
    "Circles and Spheres".
  • Nov 3, 2019Let Our Faith Be Not Alone
    Nov 3, 2019
    Let Our Faith Be Not Alone
    "Let Our Faith Be Not Alone".
  • Oct 27, 2019The Pumpkin That Grew Itself
    Oct 27, 2019
    The Pumpkin That Grew Itself
    "The Pumpkin That Grew Itself".
  • Oct 20, 2019Sowing Seeds of Legacy
    Oct 20, 2019
    Sowing Seeds of Legacy
    "Sowing Seeds of Legacy".
  • Oct 13, 2019Fruitful Faith
    Oct 13, 2019
    Fruitful Faith
    "Fruitful Faith".
  • Oct 6, 2019We’re All Just Seeds
    Oct 6, 2019
    We’re All Just Seeds
    "We're All Just Seeds".
  • Sep 29, 2019The Story We Share
    Sep 29, 2019
    The Story We Share
    "The Story We Share".

Come worship with us at First UMC, Alexandria!

Traditional 11am- in the Sanctuary
 50/50 Worship 8:30 am – in the 50/50 room. 
Sunday School 9:45 am

Sunday Mornings:

50/50 Worship 8:30am in the 50/50 room 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 5:15pm: 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)

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 your homework!
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.

Annual Events

Live Nativity – December  15, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.

Buddy Camp 2020 – Camp 1-June 1-5 ; Teen Camp June 22-26; Camp 2 July 20-24

Pumpkin Patch-October

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

Fall Fun Fest – October 27, 3-7 pm, Trunk or Treat 6:30 pm.


atiMissions: 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



53rd Annual

May 3-12, 2019



History of the Arts Festival

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 featured the 50th celebration of the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival. Read more about the history of the Festival in their archives.


Calendar of Events

The 54rd Annual Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival is May  2020.


Art Exhibits

Competitive Show


2020 Important Dates:

To be Announced
Order your limited-edition 50th anniversary poster online.



               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:  Thursday, February 28th, 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.

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 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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