Getting connected

Getting connected


Chelsea First offers diverse opportunities to serve our community and beyond. Upcoming serving opportunities:

Faith in Action
Support FIA all year the year with food collections, clothing donations, sponsorship of students’ school start-up needs (backpack program) and funds to support rent and utility assistance.

To learn more about serving opportunities, please contact us.


Chelsea First supports several different mission projects locally, regionally, and internationally. Here is a list of organizations we currently work with:

To learn more about these projects and how you can get involved please contact Rodney Gasaway.


June 2022

Chelsea First is very thankful for all the support given by the congregation and for the volunteers who went on the mission trip. They started the flooring and framing for a garage the God’s Country Coop will use for new programs they are starting.


April 2022

With the help of the community, FIA plans to provide furnished apartments for families coming out of homelessness. Hilltop View is a collaboration between Faith In Action and Avalon Housing. There are fifteen apartments earmarked for homeless families, 6 for veterans, and 9 for families. Chelsea First worked with Faith In Action to donate items for one of the 2 bedroom apartments in Dexter. We took 2 trucks full of items to furnish the apartment.




Community Groups

The following groups are currently meeting:


Material Girls

The Material Girls crafting group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from February through November. Any woman, 16 years and older, is invited to participate. The meetings run from 12-3 pm in the Social Hall of Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Join us for an afternoon of crafting and fellowship. If you are interested in joining, send an email to our office manager Liza Gray


Men’s Fellowship – 2022 Conversations and Reflections Series.

The men’s group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 8 – 9:30 am. Light breakfast and snacks are provided.

    Music Ministry

    Music Ministries…exalting and experiencing Christ

    The Music Ministry at Chelsea First exists so that teams and individuals have an opportunity to serve God with the gifts they have been given in music and the creative arts.   A wide genre of music, including traditional and new hymns, anthems, service music, contemporary praise music choruses, and gospel music, is used in order to glorify God.  Colossians 3.16 really sums it up… Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

    Sanctuary Choir

    The choir regularly participates in leading worship on Sunday morning for the 11 am service from September thru May. There are other opportunities throughout the year for this group to participate in as well, including the Hometown Holidays Concert, Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration, and other special events.

    If you are high school age or over and are willing to commit to rehearsals and performances as much as possible.  Sharing God’s love through music and testimony, enjoying fellowship, fun, and praise with other members, are all part of belonging to the choir. Rehearsals are from (September thru May) at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays in the Choir Room and in the Sanctuary at 10:15 am on Sundays.  Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact Randy Umfleet, Director of Music Ministries.


    Rezound Handbell Choir

    Ringing 5 octaves of handbells and 5 octaves of hand chimes, The Rezound Handbell Choir under the direction of Diane Brown, participates in the 11 am worship service monthly, September thru May and for special services throughout the year. Prior ringing experience is not required, but the music-reading ability would be helpful. The Rezound Handbell Choir rehearses on Sundays (September thru May), 12 noon to 1:00 pm, in the Handbell Room.  Anyone interested in joining the Rezound Handbell choir should contact Randy Umfleet, Director of Music Ministries.

      Musical Groups

      The following musical groups are currently rehearsing September thru May in-person following CDC guidelines:

      Choir – Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm

      Rezound! Handbell Ensemble – Sundays 12.00pm-1.00pm

      All other musical groups are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates about musical opportunities. 


      Chelsea First hosts a variety of different events throughout the year for the purpose of coming together to celebrate, serve, and share with our congregation and the wider Chelsea community. Such events include: summer concert series, family camping retreats, theater productions, and community breakfasts. 

      If you have an idea for an event you would like to host for the Chelsea First community, connect with the leadership team by sending  Joy Barrett Senior Pastor a message here.

        Summer Concert Series on the East Lawn

        Concerts are free, all are welcome. Invite your family and friends. Concerts will begin at 6 pm. BYOC – Bring Your Own Chair and join the fun. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. 


        Tuesday, June 14 – Steve Somers Band with Valerie Barrymore
        The Steve Somers Band with Valerie Barrymore performs a good variety of Motown, blues, classic rock, and jazz music.  Popular songs include Proud Mary, Respect, Dancing in the Street, Let The Good Times Roll and I Believe (original song).  They have performed at many major festivals, clubs, and concerts.

        Tuesday, July 19 – WildChildz
        WildChildz is a cover band where all members are from Chelsea High School where they play in the jazz band, sing with Company C, and are part of the band and orchestra program.  The music performed ranges from the Beatles to more heavy rock/alternative.  WildChildz includes a drummer, a bassist, and an electric ukulele player. All of the bandmates contribute on vocals. The band has been together for over 4 years and performs at a variety of venues.

        Tuesday, August 16 – Still Jamin Band
        The “Still Pickin Jam Band” is a group of seasoned entertainers that have played over the years in a variety of bands and musical styles.  The music they play consists of Old-timey music, bluegrass, classic country, and jazz, among others.   This group consists of Jim Balazar on banjo, Ron Benton on guitar and vocals, Chris Taylor on guitar and vocals, Mike Gleason on fiddle, and Susan Gleason on bass.







        Youth Ministry (Grades 6 - 12)

        Jesus calls us to a relationship
        with God, ourselves, and others. In the spirit of Love, we’ll spend our time together centered on three questions:

        Who am I? *Identity
        Who are you? *Belonging
        Where do I fit in? *Purpose

        Youth meet Sunday mornings from 9 – 10 am from September – May. They will have scheduled events during the summer.

        During the week September – May

        Confirmation / (High School Freshman) Tuesdays

        Middle School Outlet / Wednesdays

        High School / Thursdays

        Youth  Forms

        Chelsea First United Methodist Church requires two forms to be completed in order for youth to participate in Church activities:

        All youth must have a current REGISTRATION FORM on file at the church. This form needs to be completed once per school year.

        Youth Child Registration Form

        All youth must have a PERMISSION FORM on file prior to each event. The Permission Form must be completed and signed by a Parent/Guardian.   

        Youth Child Permission Form


        Children & Family

        Our children’s CONNECT programs are back in-person, and we welcome families to join in the fun! Please note that we are continuing to observe COVID precautions, including mask-wearing and social distancing to keep all of us safe.

        Youth and Children Forms

        Chelsea First United Methodist Church requires two forms to be completed in order for youth to participate in Church activities:

        All youth must have a current REGISTRATION FORM on file at the church. This form needs to be completed once per school year. 

        Youth Child Registration Form

        All youth must have a PERMISSION FORM on file prior to each event. The Permission Form must be completed and signed by a Parent/Guardian.   

        Youth Child Permission Form

        Safe Sanctuary Policy 

        Chelsea First United Methodist Church believes that all persons are significant to the growth of God’s kingdom and should have the opportunity to worship, learn, and serve in various capacities to ensure personal growth and growth of others. We seek to provide an environment that is physically, emotionally and spiritually safe for all persons who enter our doors, especially children and youth. We seek to provide a safe environment in which opportunities for abuse are minimized through proper enlistment and supervision of those persons working with them.   

        All volunteers and employees who are in leadership roles in these ministries are living out the vow church members take during baptisms to nurture our children and youth in the Christian faith. Every church worker plays a key role in fostering the spiritual development of individuals and families in our church community. Our goal is to strive to be a “Safe Sanctuary” where we can work hand-in-hand growing our children and youth in their faith and a life devoted to Christ.  We ask all volunteers and staff in a leadership role to take a Safe Gatherings Training.

        If you are a volunteer who has not yet completed the volunteer screening and Safe Gatherings training, please contact Susan Adam-Rita, Youth Director, here to set up a training.


        Chelsea First

        Our church culture

        Chelsea First United Methodist Church (Chelsea First) is a Christ-centered congregation with a positive, open, and engaging spirit. We are the church for everyone, at all seasons of life, and bring a grounded, engaged, and supportive approach to religious worship while working passionately toward making a positive impact in our community.

        128 Park St. Chelsea, MI 48118

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        The church building is open during regular office hours and 

        Sunday mornings.

        Office Hours:
        ​Monday - Wednesday 8-4 pm
        Thursday- Friday 8-3 pm



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