Getting connected

CONNECT! Children's Ministry

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.

For more information, contact Susan Adam-Rita, Director of Children’s Ministry

CONNECT! Newsletter

June 19 

CONNECT! Recorded Worship Service

A recorded worship service just for children is available each Sunday on our YouTube Channel.

Chelsea First UMC YouTube

For more information on the Children’s Program:

Connect! Children’s Ministry

Youth Ministry


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

Sunday Mornings (September – May):

Middle School youth meet at 9 am in worship and are dismissed to go to class.  The first Sunday of the month they stay in worship.

During the week (September – May) the below groups meet weekly:

Confirmation Class (High School Freshman) – Sundays @ 5:00 – 6:30 pm (twice a month)

Middle School Outlet – Wednesdays @ 3:30 – 5:30 pm (weekly)

High School Bible Study – Sundays @ 5:00 – 6:30 pm (twice a month)

For more information, contact Jeanne Franks, Director of Youth Ministries

Youth Ministry Newsletter

June 18  

Adult Ministries

We seek to foster relationships with God and Beloved Community by offering adult opportunities to strengthen faith, deepen biblical knowledge, and nurture spiritual growth.

Each of our offerings is designed to cultivate growth in faith through group experience, and to offer expanded experiences of beloved community for everyone.

We offer opportunities within each of the following areas:

  • Exploring Biblical topics – Bible studies, history and basics of the Methodist movement, topical studies e.g., wisdom literature, exploration of parables, book groups, etc.
  • Engaging in the world – social and environmental justice, antiracism, social ethics of Jesus and Old Testament prophets, etc.
  • Nurturing applied faith practices – prayer and meditation styles and practices, retreats, etc.

Offerings will continue to evolve with fresh opportunities available through the seasons.  Contact Dawn Goellner with questions, ideas, or to volunteer, including helping to facilitate any offerings.

Music Ministry

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.

To read more about our Music Ministry: Music Ministry

For more information contact Randy Umfleet, Music Director

Mission Ministry

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

Our most recent Mission Project/Trip was in May 2024 with a trip to the Midwest Distribution Center in Illinois.  Check out the pictures on the right.  Read more about the trip and the work they did: MIDWEST MISSION

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.
  • Communion Team brings consecrated Communion elements to those who are not attending in-person.

For more information on how to be part of the Care Team or how you can get help, click here.

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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 Christian 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



Chelsea First is part of the United Methodist Church.

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