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First United Methodist Church of Melrose * 645 Main Street * Melrose MA * 781-662-7060

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Our Mission and Vision

Together we are called to be a welcoming Christian congregation that lifts the spirit and compels us to reach out to the community to bear witness to God's presence in our lives. As a people called by God, our vision is to be a servant people striving for peace and love in an imperfect world.

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A Reconciling Congregation

The First United Methodist Church of Melrose embraces Jesus' message that God loves and accepts every person. Jesus calls us to the ministry of reconciliation and grace. Read more about what it means for us to be a reconciling community.

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Ministries for Children and Youth

Our church's youth and children gather on Sunday mornings during Sunday school time to connect with each other, share and learn about themselves, their faith and the world around them. Read more about our Christian Education programs here.

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Ministries for Adults

At FUMC, we offer fellowship, service, and spiritual growth opportunities for adults of all ages.

What's New at FUMC

A Note from Pastor Travis

Dear friends,

Soon after I was appointed to the First UMC, an introductory article about my family and me was printed in the newsletter. It shared some basic facts about my background and my […]

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A final note from Pastor Stacey

Dear friends,

May 2018

I’ve been procrastinating about writing this, my last article for The Gleam. Saying good-bye is not easy. For the past five years we have journeyed together. We have shared challenges and […]

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FUMC's response to the decision of the Global Methodist Church

The Leadership Team of the First United Methodist Church categorically rejects and denounces recent decisions made by the global United Methodist denomination concerning homosexuality. These decisions stand in direct opposition to our faith in the abiding love and abundant grace of Jesus Christ, which is the foundation for all that we do as a church. On Tuesday, February 26th, at a special session of the United Methodist General Conference, over 800 delegates from around the world gathered to debate several different plans that aimed to resolve long-standing disagreements surrounding the solemnization of same-sex marriages by clergy and the ordination of openly LGBT clergy. A coalition emerged that was composed of fundamentalists from the United States and delegates from nations where homosexuality is criminalized and considered abhorrent. By a margin of 53% to 47%, this coalition passed the “Traditional Plan,” which not only upholds rules which bar clergy from performing same-sex unions, but calls for greater penalties and possible expulsion for those who do. Adoption of this plan—parts of which may yet be ruled unconstitutional—was a deliberate attempt to make it impossible for LGBT-affirming congregations to remain in the denomination. The Traditional Plan is in direct opposition to the beliefs and actions of First United Methodist Church, Melrose. In 2012 our church voted for full and mindful inclusion of LGBT people into all aspects of the life of our congregation, including marriage. Our first same-sex wedding was performed in 2014. This past autumn we hosted a forum on transgender life experiences. Most recently, we are providing meeting space for a support group for parents of LGBT children. We have done these things not because they are politically correct, or even because they make moral sense after the prevailing secular fashion, but because the example of Jesus Christ calls us to draw the circle of Christian communion ever wider, and to witness the operation of grace in the very lives of those LGBT persons who have traditionally been excluded from church communities and abused by Christians. We cannot remain silent and allow those who would perpetrate those abuses to presume to speak for us. We ask that people in Melrose pray for us as we grieve for what has been lost and as our church, and other like-minded churches, explore next steps. No matter what travails we face, however, we remain an Easter people, confident in the resurrection to come, looking forward to that imminent day when we will welcome all people through our doors without fear of denominational retribution. In the meantime, we invite all those who have felt marginalized because of who they are or whom they love to come to one of our services, which take place at 10 AM each Sunday morning We are by no means perfect, but we worship one who is, and we are trying our best to follow his example. The Leadership Team of the First United Methodist Church

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