August 2016  
Bible Search
  • On Thursday evenings September 22 - November 3 at First Church 5:00-8:00 pm
  • Church in a Cafe' at Wild Rose Cafe - Begins on Monday, September 12 Dinner at 6:00 pm and Worship at 7:00 pm
  • Monday, August 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Third Avenue UMC Rain Date: 8/22


          Big Rapids First United Methodist Church's  mission statement is:

"To reach out to and bless every child of God."


                                         HAPPENING WEEK of August 28

Sunday, August 21                 9:30 am  Worship

                                                 10:30 am  Coffee/Fellowship Hour

Monday, August 22             Office Closed                                            

Tuesday, August 23                                                                           

Wednesday, August 24     11:30 am Gallopin' Grannies @ Applebee's

                                                  6:30 pm  Leadership & Nominations Committee

Thursday, August 25           5:30 pm  Community Meal

Friday, August 26                 6:30 am  Men's Emmaus


                                         HIGHER GROUND - 2016 Fall Session

The psalmist wrote, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."   (61:2b)  God is that rock! 

On Thursday evenings from September 22 through November 3  we will be hosting Higher Ground.  Higher Ground is designed to encourage and support families with ideas and information while enhancing the emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical balance of each life.  Classes may include Parenting, Cooking (limited number of participants), Managing your Finances, Emergency Preparedness and Life Lessons.

 The evening schedule will be Registration & Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Classes 6:15 - 7:30 pm.  The evening ends with families "shopping" at the Higher Ground Store, using points earned in the class they attend.  Children will have their own special area to shop as well. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the Higher Ground Family Center or would like more information, please contact Pastor Becky at (231) 796-7771 or               


                                      Thank you for visiting our website!

 We are committed to living out of the love of Jesus Christ.  Our simple mission statement is significant.  It reminds us that we are all children of God, no matter our age.  Our mission activates our faith, by sending us into the world to be a blessing. We believe that the love of God is the greatest of all gifts, and we seek to follow Christ and share this love with all we meet.  We hope you will embrace this mission too.

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age


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First United Methodist Church of Big Rapids
304 Elm St.
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
Phone 231-796-7771
Fax 231-796-0757
Church in a Cafe'

On Monday, September 12 Church in a Cafe' will begin at the Wild Rose Cafe on Maple Street.  Our congregation, Wesley House, and the Big Rapids Parish have been planning this new worship service to reach out to those who feel uncomfortable in a church setting.  We are excited to see how God will use this service to bless others as they experience God's love and grace in an informal but meaningful way.

Gallopin Grannies

Every Wednesday @ 11:30 am.

August 24 @ Szot's

August 30 @ Applebee's

September 7 @ Ruby Tuesday

September 14 @ Ruby Tuesday

September 21 @ Schuberg's

Septeber 28 @ Schuberg's

Free Community Meal

The Community Meal is held weekly on Thursday's at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.  All are Welcome. We hope to see you there!  

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Community Meals, please call the church office at 796-7771.

Regular Schedule  
Office Hours
  • Monday - Closed
    Tuesday through Friday
    8:30 - 11:30 am & 12:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Adult Bible School - Begins on Sunday, September 11
    9:00 AM
  • Worship
    9:30 AM
  • Worship Time Change Sunday, September 11
    10:30 AM
  • Coffee/Fellowship after Worship
    10:30 AM
  • IGNITE! Youth Group - Begins on September 11
    11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Adult Small Group Study - Begins on Wednesday, September 14
    1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday Soup for the Soul Fellowship Meals Begin September 14
    5:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • First Kids! "Bible Black Belts Scripture with a Kick" - Starts Wednesday, September 14 for kids K-4th grade
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Adult Small Group Study - Begins on Wednesday, September 14
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Rehearsals - Begin Wednesday, September 14
    7:15 PM
  • Community Meal - All are Welcome
    5:30 PM
  • Men's Emmaus
    6:30 AM
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