Nursery (Infant through Pre-School)
The Nursery at Chelsea First is available for infants through preschoolers during Sunday worship, from 8:45-10:15 am and 10:45 am-12:15 pm.
CONNECT! (Pre-school through Grade 5)
Children’s Ministry Mission: Celebrate spirituality with wonder! Children are naturally spiritual beings and every day theologians. We want children to recognize and name this spirituality found within themselves and in all the world around them.
Components of Celebrate Wonder:
- Spiritual Practice – intentional activity or ritual that helps you be aware of God’s presence. Simple and tangible practices to connect with God’s love
- Peaceful Place – space for children to spend quiet time with God
- Wonder Table – similar to an altar, a holy space meant to help the children see and know God is present – used as a gathering area for the story time and for participating in spiritual practices
- Wonder Box – special place to hold a special item that connects to the Faith Word and to the Bible story. The Wonder Box is very special and is kept on the Wonder Table. Each week we reveal what’s inside and discuss it’s importance.
Children start out in the 9 am worship service, then they are released to their classes. On the first Sunday of the month, they remain in worship with their parents.
For more information, contact Susan Adam-Rita, Director of Children’s Ministry
- January 27 – Children’s Newsletter
- January 20 Children’s Newsletter
- January 13 – Children’s Newsletter
- January 6 – Children’s Newsletter
- December 23 – Children’s Newsletter
- December 16 – Children’s Newsletter
- December 2 – Children’s Newsletter
CONNECT! Recorded Worship Service
A recorded worship service just for children is available each Sunday on our YouTube Channel. Chelsea First UMC YouTube
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
September – May the Middle School and High School youth meet at 9 am.
During the week (September – May) the below groups meet weekly:
Confirmation / (High School Freshman) Sundays
Middle School Outlet / Wednesdays
High School / Thursdays
For more information, contact Jeanne Franks, Director of Youth Ministries
Youth Ministry Newsletters
Social Justice Group
Our Social Justice group meets every Sunday at 10:00 am in the lower level conference room. Currently, the group is exploring the topic “Social Principles – What does the UMC say about Social Justice issues?”. Everyone is welcome to attend! For more information: https://chelseaumc.org/events/social-principles-class/2023-01-29/
Adult Book Study
Currently this group meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm and are studying the book “Following the Call”. They meet in-person and via zoom. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining the group, email Liza Gray-Jarvis.
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.
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 Randy Umfleet, 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.
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.
Missions & Community Outreach
Chelsea First supports several different mission projects locally, regionally, and internationally. Here is a list of organizations we currently work with:
- Faith In Action
- Jackson Interfaith Shelter
- Cass Community Social Services
- Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON)
- St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea- SRSLY program
- God’s Country Cooperative Parish – United Methodist Ministries
To learn more about these projects and how you can get involved please contact Rodney Gasaway.
Congregational Care Team
The Chelsea First’s Congregational Care teams support our congregation in many ways
Care Team Vision: that each of us experiences Chelsea First as a community of help and support, no matter what we are facing, with respect for privacy and confidentiality.
- Prayer Team members commit to praying privately and confidentially, on their own time, over a set of concerns that are distributed via a weekly email.
- Cards Team members sign up (via the on-line Signup Genius tool) to send cards and notes to people on the Care list according to a defined schedule.
- Meals Team members volunteer (via Signup Genius) to prepare and deliver meals to those who need a break from shopping and meal prep.
- The Rides and Errands Team provides light shopping and transportation assistance.
- Calling and Visiting Teams are in personal contact with people who are isolated or experiencing particularly difficult times. Special training and selection are required.
To learn more or to volunteer, call Office Manager Liza Gray-Jarvis at 734-475-8119 or send Liza an email. She will connect you with the appropriate team leader.
Building the Beloved Community. Each of us experiences times of difficulty, loss and distress. In Christ, and with each other’s support, none of us is alone.
Chelsea First strives to be a community of help and support, no matter what we are facing, while maintaining respect for privacy and confidentiality. If you are in a challenging time, please reach out to Office Manager and Care Team Dispatcher Liza Gray-Jarvis, 734-475-8119. She will talk with you about what types of support our Care Team can offer, at the level of confidentiality that you specify.
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, Director of Children’s Ministries or Jeanne Franks, Director of Youth Ministires to set up a training.
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 and children must have a current REGISTRATION FORM on file at the church. This form needs to be completed once per school year.
All youth and children must have a PERMISSION FORM on file prior to each event. The Permission Form must be completed and signed by a Parent/Guardian.
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 Christian worship while working passionately toward making a positive impact in our community.
The church building is open during regular office hours and Sunday mornings.
Monday - Wednesday 8-4 pm
Thursday- Friday 8-3 pm