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What to Expect

Welcome to First United Methodist Church Plainview We’re glad you’re interested in finding out more about us. We are a welcoming Body of Christ who seeks ways to grow together in service as we love God and love people.

We want to help you in your search for a great church. We would love to have you join us anytime!

Below are a few frequently asked questions. If you have others questions or would like more information, we invite you to contact our church office at 806-293-3658.

Where are you located?

FUMC Plainview is located on 7th street between Joliet and Houston.  Please click the Contact Us button at the top to find a map and directions.

What are your worship services like?

In worship, we seek to experience the presence of God through our engagement with scripture, music, prayer and sacraments.  We offer a contemporary service at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel and a traditional service in the sanctuary at 10:30a.m.

What should I wear?

We want you to feel comfortable. It is good to worship God together—we want you to be more focused on the worship service than what you’re wearing. We think you’ll fit in, no matter how you dress.

Where do I take my kids?

Children are welcome in our worship services. If you have children under the age of five, you may choose to take them to the Sunday morning nursery located on the north side of the main hall downstairs. We offer Sunday school for children of all ages from 9:15–10:15 am located upstairs in the east end of the main hallway.

How do I learn more and get connected?

If you are interested in learning more about FUMC Plainview and how you can become connected with others in this Body of Christ, we invite you to search the Get Connected tab on this site or contact us in the church office.

What is Church Membership and how do I join?

If you are interested in becoming a member of FUMC Plainview , we invite you to contact the church office and our pastor will contact you to answer any questions.  Here is a brief overview of membership at FUMC Plainview.

Membership

Membership is open to all people who wish to share in the worship of God and live a Christian life.

You may become a member of First United Methodist Church by accepting Christ as your personal Savior or by transfer of your membership from another United Methodist church, or by transfer of your membership from another denomination, or by affiliate or associate membership.

Please contact us or drop by for more information.

Beliefs

The Character of First United Methodist Church Plainview

Interdenominational: Our belief is summed up in the words of John Wesley who said, "If your heart is right as my heart is right then come take my hand."

Bible Based: We believe God inspired people to write his words and that those words are found in the Bible. Therefore, the Bible is our final authority on all matters of life and faith.

Focused on Jesus: The central question asked in our church is, "What would Jesus do?" We are focus and answer this question together as a team.

Family Friendly: We seek to minister to families both young and old.

History

Five charter members organized the First Methodist Church in October, 1888 in a sod school house. Rev. Thomas Duncan was the pastor. A building was erected in 1889. By 1892 the membership was 225. In 1909 a red brick church was built at Seventh and Baltimore while Rev. Thomas Barcus was pastor. An Educational Annex was added in 1934. On June 28, 1955, ground was broken for present educational building and chapel. Dr. J. H. Crawford held the first service in the new building, January 1, 1961.

Dr. Marshall Rhew was appointed to the church on May 31, 1963. As of September 27, 1964 the membership of the church was 1,738. On February 11, 1973, the Church Sanctuary was Consecrated and Dr. Mark Williams was the pastor. Since that time the following have served as church pastors: Dr. R.L. Kirk, Rev. Wesley Daniels, Dr. Max Browning, Dr. Lewis Holland, Rev. Jerry Moore, the Rev. Jeffrey Taylor and the current pastor is the Rev. Mike Schafer. At the present time First United Methodist Church has two worship services and has a membership of 734.