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 send Pastor Joy a message here.


Adult Study Opportunities

Finding Your Bearings
Using James Harnish’s book, Finding your Bearings, we will connect Jesus’ story with our own. The pandemic and other recent events, with the divisions they have brought, challenge us. We need an internal compass to guide us through disruption and change. Jesus found his bearings by recalling words and stories from the Old Testament. Monday’s from 7 to 8:30 pm on Zoom. Led by Dawn Goellner and Max Plank. Please click here to contact Max and sign up.

Equity Challenge
Use the Washtenaw County United Way’s 2021 Equity Challenge to better understand bias, prejudice, privilege and oppression. Sundays at Chelsea First from 10:15-11 am in room 207.

Community Groups

The following groups are currently meeting:

Material Girls
An organization for women who strive to serve God by serving others. Material Girls make gifts for the Children and Youth Christmas Bazaar, profits support Faith In Action. Contact Contact Kelly Stoker.

Men’s Group
The Love of God is the Source of all Truth? Every 3rd Saturday of the Month, from 8 – 9:30 am in room 207. Lite breakfast snack provided. Hosted by: Tom Drinkwater, Tom Davis, and Rob Long.

    Musical Groups

    The following musical groups are currently rehearsing 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 Pastor Joy a message here.

    Activities Planned for 2022 MLK Jr. Day in Chelsea

    Four Chelsea organizations are cooperating to provide a range of activities this year to commemorate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, a national holiday. It is celebrated on Jan. 17 this year.

    • The Chelsea First UMC will offer a multi-cultural concert on Jan 16 at 4.30 pm.
    • The Chelsea District Library will feature a showing of the film The Butler on Jan 17 at 5.30 pm with a discussion after.
    • The Human Rights Commission will have a speaker and presentation that same week. More details on these events will come in January.
    • One World One Family will again sponsor a collection followed by a Day of Service and Social Action on Jan 17, the MLK Jr. Day holiday.

    From Jan 3 to Jan 17, please consider donating new school and art supplies for refugee families. Area resettlement agencies have said they never get enough of these. Suggested items are listed at http://www.owofchelsea.org and an Amazon wish list is here.

    Drop-off locations include Chelsea District Library, First United Methodist Church lobby, the Chelsea Senior Center, and the Chamber of Commerce. Financial donations are also welcome. Details are at www.owofchelsea.org.

    On January 17, the MLK Jr. Day holiday, families and youth are invited to gather from 10 am to 3 pm at the Chelsea Depot to work on projects to reach out in a personal way to offer welcome to refugee families. Projects include friendship bracelets, hand-drawn cards, and even tie-dye socks. Youth may bring a pair of their own to do too. The art and school supplies kits will be assembled and all the items delivered to families through Jewish Family Services and Washtenaw Refugee Welcome. Chelsea Depot Assn is a co-sponsor of the event. It will be a fun time that will make a difference for new families in the area. Student and adult volunteers will staff the craft tables. To volunteer, please contact owofchelsea@gmail.com. Masks will be required and social distancing in place.





    Mental Health 101: Shattering Stigma and Building Resilience

    This is the first of three speaker groups in the series.  The event is being held at 4:00 pm at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street, Chelsea, on January 30. “This hybrid presentation brings together the expertise of WACC’s Wellness and Resilience Program, and the personal testimonials of NAMI’s Ending the Silence to create a new program: Mental Health 101. We’ll talk mental health education for families, breaking down stigma, recognizing the warning signs, steps to seek support, building resiliency, and how the digital world affects the mental health of our youth.”


    Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice

    This speaker series held at 4:00 pm at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street, Chelsea, on February 13 is based on the PBS documentary that is particularly timely and relevant given our country’s current reckoning with racial inequity and structural racism.

    The documentary producer and speaker for the event, Audrey Geyer, will focus on the stories of Native American Lawyers, and their colleagues who work to achieve Sacred Justice. These often unseen role models strive to address and resolve unique and complicated historical, governmental, legal, judicial and social issues, which are often rooted in discrimination, historical trauma and cultural destruction.

    A special viewing of the PBS documentary “WARRIOR LAWYERS: Defenders of Sacred Justice” will be shown at the Chelsea Public Library on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00pm.

    Come and hear attorney Kourtney Lovett, at 4:00 pm at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street, Chelsea, on February 27, and learn more about refuges and just how daunting it is to seek asylum for immigrants.  A typical asylum application requires about 40 hours of specialized legal services from an experienced immigration attorney.  Without that representation, many asylum seekers are not successful.

    Michigan benefits when our immigrant neighbors receive justice under our immigration laws. When immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are able to fully participate in their communities—free of the fear of being separated from their loved ones or returned to dangerous conditions—they contribute a richness of cultures, traditions and creativity that has been the backbone of American greatness for generations.


    Refugee Resettlement

    There are currently over 150 refugee families resettling in Washtenaw County.  Attorney Kourtney Lovett will discuss how hard it was to even get here and the daunting legal and social system they will continue to face.


    Logo’s to use special thanks to the Chelsea public library



    Youth Ministry (Grades 6 - 12)

    Jesus calls us to 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

    Middle School Sunday at 9 am

    High School Sunday at 9 am

    Confirmation / (High School Freshman) Tuesdays

    Begins September 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Middle School Outlet / Wednesdays  
  Begins September 8, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

    High School / Thursdays

    Begins September 9, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

    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.   

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

    If you have already been trained in the Safe Sanctuary policy and need the annual renewal training, please click here.


    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

    The church building is currently open during regular business hours and during Sunday Worship. Masks are required indoors.

    Office Hours:
    ​Monday - Wednesdays 8-4 pm
    Thursdays 8-3 pm
    Fridays - Closed



    Chelsea First is part of the United Methodist Church.

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