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So, what is First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti all about?

We are a church that looks to pay it forward!  We welcome ALL people, and provide people with ways to help strangers and those in need.  We want to be part of God's love and light in locally and in the world. 


What We Believe:

Know God. 

We know God by opening our minds and learning at every stage in life. It is not a static academic pursuit or study in history. Our faith is lived out in real time. It calls us to act and react, and continue to learn and grow.

Love Others.

Loving the neighbor, the stranger, and those in our family is an intentional connection where we become the hands and feet of our faith. Showing hospitality and providing support and encouragement connects each of us to the church family and empowers others to get involved.

Serve the World.

The passions of our congregation members propel us to learn about and act on local, domestic, and international issues that need our attention and support.


When and where is Worship service?
Downtown Ypsilanti service is at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.   The Church is located 2 blocks north of downtown Ypsilanti at 209 Washtenaw Avenue.  See Map.


What are the services like?
What to expect at our 9:30am Sunday services.


What do I wear?

Anything you want! You will see everything from jeans to suits at our services. Come as you are. We’ll be glad to see you.


What do I do during the offering?

Your gift to us is coming to worship. Please, do not feel pressured to give monetarily.


What opportunities are there for children?

All ages are welcome!

  • Children in Pre-Kindergarten-6th grade are dismissed to Sunday School classes after the opening of worship.

  • Child care, for ages 0-3, is provided during the entire Sunday morning schedule.


Is the church accessible?
A looping system is available for those using hearing aids, so please ask whomever is running the audio board in the rear of the sanctuary. Service animals also are welcome to attend our services.   Read all about building accessibility.  Click here.


What is going on at the church for families with children (birth through 6th grade)?
Have a look!


Do you have a Youth group (7th-12th grade)?
We sure do!


What about programs for Adults?
Oh, there are LOTS of opportunities for adults — Adult Education, Adult Fellowship, and many ministry opportunities including outreach projects!


How do I find out what is going on at the church?
There are several ways. During worship services you will receive bulletin announcements which are available on the website before the weekend. The church calendar is also available online.  To receive regular notices from various groups, you can sign up here.


Can I hear  or see past sermons?  
A printed sermon is available here.


Where can I park ?
Check out our page on Parking at Ypsi FUMC. There are a couple of parking garages within walking distance of Ypsilanti First Church. The closest is the Church lot at the corner Washtenaw and Adams Streets, directly across the street from our church. 


Who do I talk to about making an appointment to see clergy?
The clergy keep their own calendars and should be contacted directly. (See our Staff page  for contact information.)


Who schedules rooms for events or meetings? Who schedules Weddings?
Kimaro Pool, the Church Administrator, keeps the church calendar and schedules rooms in the church buildings. Kim also takes all wedding requests. See our pages on Wedding Policies, Recitals, and Event Bookings for additional information.


Does First United Methodist Church marry non-members?
Yes, however the calendar is reserved for members until one year out from the date. We have a large sanctuary and small chapel available.  We also have kitchen and reception facilities on over lower level.   All weddings are officiated by FUMC clergy.  See our page on Wedding Policies  for additional information on weddings.


Are my contributions to the church tax-deductible?

Please consult our Contribution Policy  and your tax professional to determine to what extent your contributions are tax deductible.


How do I get more information about the church?

Call the church office at 734-482-8374, leave a contact message here  or email us at fumcypsi@fumcypsi.org . We will be happy to provide you with additional information on programs, missions and volunteer opportunities of First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti.


So many abbreviations! What do they all mean???
Well, here’s an “Alphabet Soup” list — let us know if we’re missing something!


What is a “Green Sheet”?
If your event will require a special setup, please print and fill out a Room Setup Sheet (sometimes referred to as a “Green Sheet”) and turn it in to the church office at least five days prior to your event.


How can I publicize my event most effectively?
See the Publicity Worksheet for information on assembly of publicity information, options for getting the word out to the congregation and community, and room set-up guidelines.


If there is something missing from this page, please let us know.