A United Methodist Community
Mt Pleasant, MI





Welcome Home! Regardless of where you are on your life's journey, we invite you to let First Church be your spiritual home. We are an accepting, engaging church with many programs designed for your whole family.

Whether you are a longtime Christian looking for a church, a curious inquirer weighing organized religion, or someone who just wants to belong, First Church will welcome you with open hearts.

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The two worship spaces each set the tone for worship at First Church. The Great Heritage traditional service is held in the sanctuary on the main floor of the building. The Chancel Choir and organ lead the music and congregational singing uses the hymnal. Often worship music is augmented by other groups such as bells, vocal or instrumental soloists, or liturgical dancers.

The Bridge contemporary service is held in the fellowship hall in the basement in an informal gathering with round tables. Snacks are provided. The music is lead by the praise band. Congregational singing uses a screen. The sermon is the same in both services. And there is a special children's time in both services.

First United Methodist Church

400 S Main St
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

First Church is located downtown in Mt Pleasant, MI four blocks south of Broadway Street. It occupies the entire block between Main Street and Washington Street. Main Street is one way going north. Washington Street is one way going south. Parking access is available from both Main and Washington Streets. Look for the tall, bell tower! For a full map, click here. http://yhoo.it/1D5DojN

Children at First Church have several opportunities to learn about God and grow with other children. We have Sunday school for ages 3 through 6th grade. Youth group for 7th grade on up. And we have a nursery for infants though age three.

In addition to the opportunities on Sunday, during the week we operate a preschool whose page with more information can be accessed here.  And during the year there are special events such as the Back to School Carnival, VBS, and the Easter Egg Hunt.

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Join Us Sundays

Regular Worship Schedule

Starting after Labor Day
9:00 Traditional Worship Service
10:05 Adult Bible Study Classes
11:00 Contemporary Worship Service
11:00 Children's Sunday School
Child care available 8:50am to 12:15pm

Summer Schedule

Memorial Day through Labor Day
10:00 Combined Worship Service

Our Story

First Church is a United Methodist Church. Founded in 1861, our history in the Mount Pleasant community goes back well over 150 years.

Family worship photoThousands of people and dozens of “preachers” have come through our different buildings over that that period of time. Our leaders have shaped the community through the founding of the hospital, quality library and educational opportunities and thriving businesses for the area.

Our missions and missionaries are as close by as downtown Mount Pleasant and as far away as Africa and Asia.

We hope that “our story” is conveyed by how each of us lives and interacts with one another.

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History of the United Methodist Church in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

The beginning of Methodism in Isabella county came in the person of the Indian Missionary, George Bradley in 1857. Services were held in private homes and out-of-doors. Later they were held in a log school house located on West Locust Street, a one room frame building on Illinois Street then the old court house a mile and a half north of the village. Rev. Bradley was followed by Rev. Robert P. Sheldon. From Rev. Sheldon to Rev. JK Stark, fourteen itinerant ministers proclaimed the gospel. From 1882 to the present thirty-nine ministers have served the church with one, Rev. Charles Mackenzie, serving for 29 years. A number of associate pastors have served the church over the years, many going on to full time pastorates.

Incorporation and First Church Building

In January 1863, the church was incorporated as The First Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Mt Pleasant. Two years later work was begun on a building to be used exclusively for religious purposes. It was located on a donated lot on Chippewa Street near the court house. It was dedicated in August 1866 and served as the church until the second church was erected in 1882 at the southwest corner of Main and Wisconsin Streets.

The Second Church

The second church was described as "a splendid edifice", "a handsome brick structure of Gothic Architecture with an elegant sanctuary." The cornerstone of this new church was laid in July of 1882.

The Present Church

Plans for a new church building were developed in the late 1950's and in 1960 the third church building was begun. Wisconsin Street between Main and Washington streets were vacated, the old church razed and the new church and parking lot were constructed on the site. The first service in the new church, the present church building, was celebrated on June 17, 1961. During the 1960-61 construction, church services were held in the Ward Theater.

Educational Wing

In 1991 a building committee was formed to explore feasibility of a new three story educational wing and updating of the sanctuary. On Sunday June 30, 1993 a Festival Service of Consecration was held for the new addition and changes.

Women's, Men's, and Youth Organization

From the beginning the women of the church have played a prominent part in the church. As early as 1864 the women were organized as "the Ladies Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church." The title was later changed to "The Ladies Society of Christian Service" and even later to the present name, "United Methodist Women". The Men's organization is the United Methodist Men and youth are organized as the Methodist Youth Fellowship.


In 1886 the Mt Pleasant Episcopal Church organized its own Sunday School. The location of a Normal College in 1892, later to become Central Michigan University, placed upon the church the responsibility of serving college students. They were served through Sunday School classes and in 1940 The Wesley Foundation was established on campus. Currently there are Sunday School classes for all ages.


Worship services are designed to meet the different worship styles. One service focuses on more traditional worship while the other is a more contemporary style. Sunday School classes are available for all with a number of special interest topics for adults. Opportunities abound for Bible Study, Choir, Liturgical dance, sports and social events. A television ministry and Stephen Ministry are part of the outreach program.

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