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About First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church of Brewer, Maine

A member of The New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Methodists have served the spiritual and community needs of Brewer and the surrounding region for over 150 years.  First UMC of Brewer began with the purchase of land in 1853 along the Penobscot River, near the Brewer landing site of the Brewer/Bangor ferry.  Construction of the first church building, a wood framed structure, began in 1856. In 1903, after the first church building was torn down, the current, stone church was constructed.

Our United Methodist symbol, the cross and double flame, reflects the unification in the late 1900’s of the Evangelic Church, the United Brethren Church, and the Methodist Church.


What We Believe

We believe in the Triune GodGod, the Creator of all things; Jesus Christ, God’s only son; and God’s Holy Spirit.

We believe that all God’s children, regardless of age, race, gender, or orientation, are welcome in God’s church and at the table of Jesus Christ. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we pledge to serve the needs of all God’s children humbly and faithfully.


Our Facilities

The church building has two main floors and a full basement Fellowship Hall (including two bathrooms and a full kitchen).

The ground floor includes: the main sanctuary (seating: 150-200); a second, smaller Fellowship Hall; bathroom; and church offices.

The second floor currently includes a large gathering/class room.

* There is elevator access to all floors.


The Church’s Life

First UMC Worship – Sundays begin with coffee, light refreshments, and fellowship at 10:45am.  Worship begins at 11:30am.  Communion is shared the first Sunday of each month, and is open to all.

Korean Chrstian Worship – There is a non-United Methodsist, Korean language Christian worship service at 2pm each Sunday.

Some of what is happening at First UMC of Brewer on a weekly basis includes:

Boy Scouts (Sundays); Girl Scouts (Mondays); Cub Scouts (Mondays, Thursdays & Sundays); TOPS (Mondays); Al Anon (Tuesdays); Vocational Rehab (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)


Some of what is happening at First UMC of Brewer on a weekly basis includes:

Monday (Ladies) Lunch Bunch – 1st Mon./month @ noon; Brewer Hist. Soc. – 2nd Tuesday/month; Day Circle Women’s Group – 3rd Thurs./month @ noon bag lunch; 4H/PVHS – 2nd & 4th Tues./month; Brewer Comm. Service Council –  1st Tuesday/month


Opportunities to Serve & Participate

In Non-Administrative Ministry

Prayer Chain, Worship, Memorial Fund Steward, Church Historian, Membership Steward, Day Circle Women’s Group, Web Site Administrator, Lay Servant Ministry, Food Pantry Collection, Program Team

In Administrative Ministry

Program Team, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Church Council, Staff Parish Relations Comm.

In Mission

Salvation Army Homeless Canteen, Brewer Food Cupboard, Brewer Comm. Service Council, Mechuwana Camping