Here’s a bit about us

Huntsville First United Methodist is one of the oldest churches in Alabama, having been founded in 1808. Over 200 years later and God’s Kingdom in this place is still active and flourishing, with nearly 3,000 members and growing. At Huntsville First, we seek an awakening through the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith in God and influence our community to know the love of Christ.

Our mission is to discover and develop our God-gifted special abilities through worship and use them to influence Our community to know Christ.

Chapel Church takes place at 10 AM in the Chapel. It is 40 minutes of informal-traditional worship. The congregation is diverse. The service focuses on participation and accessibility to worship for all persons and we are pleased to have adult group homes attend our service on a regular basis. Small in size, this service lends itself to developing a community where unity is found in diversity. It is our goal that we know each other by name. Holy Communion is celebrated weekly following the service. Talented paid and volunteer musicians provide a variety of traditional hymns, choruses, and contemporary music. Rev. Coy Hallmark, Rev. Sallie Colwick and Rev. June Wilson serve as the primary pastors. Other pastors, leaders and members offer their gifts in preaching, teaching, praying, reading and serving to provide meaningful worship experiences.

Adaptive Sunday School – One hour (10:45am to 11:45 am)

  • Hearts of Angels Class-short, verse or story focused lessons with visuals. Art, music, rhythm, storytelling, and missions projects are included. Crafts are simple to construct using safe materials and minimal assistance. These are usually completed on the same class day.
  • Alpha and Omega Class– Individual copies of standard SS material for take home access. Group participation and discussion encouraged by leaders. Activities include art, music, drama, and missions projects that are completed in short sessions.
Sunday Lunch is available each Sunday morning beginning at 10:45. Attendees are served a light lunch consisting of a sandwich, fruit, and individually packed servings of water, chips, and cookies. Once a month, attendees are served a catered meal planned along a seasonal theme. Adaptations for feeding (such as special cups or a blender for puréed foods) are provided. Preparation is done in a sanitary environment. Teachers are volunteers who work together to design and plan the focus for lessons and activities. A training program is offered once yearly for those who wish to serve. The United Methodist Church requires Safe Sanctuary training for all involved in working with persons with special needs.

Aging Population acquiring late-onset “handicapping conditions”

From the need for medical equipment, to adaptive devices or aids, to ease in attending worship, we strive to meet those needs. Our Chapel service is located near a portico entrance where worshippers can be greeted and welcomed into the building. Handicap parking is located as close to all entrances as possible. The shortened service is 40 minutes, and it is coordinated in theme and announcements with all the other services at HFUMC. Bulletins are printed in larger than average font and communion is observed each Sunday at the end of the service. Additionally, our congregation provides many volunteer opportunities to retirees and others to make First Calls and provide on-going support through trained Stephen Ministers. We anticipate this area of ministry to increase.

The Love Exchange

This ministry is dedicated to providing medical equipment to the Huntsville area general public. The equipment consists of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, bedside equipment and other items. All equipment is used and has been donated to Huntsville First UMC for use in the Love Exchange ministry. The Love Exchange is staffed by church volunteers who maintain inventory, determine availability, and arrange the transfer of requested equipment. The equipment may be obtained, on loan, by calling the Love exchange phone number 256 539-7076