FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF PORTLAND is a part of a worldwide denomination known as the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world. First Church is one of many United Methodist congregations in the metro area and around the world. Our connection with other churches makes FUMC a vibrant place to believe, think, and act in our world.

First United Methodist Church of Portland declares that we will be an advocate for peace in our local communities and world. As a Reconciling Congregation, members of First United Methodist Church have pledged to welcome and support all who want to worship with us, regardless of race, gender, class or sexual orientation.

As a Creation Care congregation, we advocate for lifestyles and social policies which bring healing and renewal to our precious Earth.

WORSHIP is a vital part of the First Church experience. The pastors, lay leaders, music staff and Chancel Choir are dedicated to leading meaningful and uplifting worship experiences. Our regular worship service is at 10:30 AM every Sunday morning. Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. Embracing our Methodist heritage, we affirm God’s claim upon our lives and actively invest our hearts, minds and resources to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. We respect diversity of belief. In this spirit, we want to be a place where people can explore and expand their spiritual lives, striving to make God’s love visible in this world.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES at First Church are many and varied, ranging from Sunday School classes to forums on significant issues of the day. We seek to:
– encourage those who call First Church home to participate in study and fellowship as individuals.
– create a sense of inquiry to grow in faith.
– respect and listen to the views of others.
– nurture a sense of spirituality in each other.
– connect our faith to public life.
– confront the issues of our time in thoughtful, effective ways.
SERVICE is a vital part of the life of First Church. We have a commitment to put our faith into action. We seek to:
– be a compassionate, caring, justice-oriented people.
– come together in fellowship.
– communicate with one another about things that matter.
– use music as a way to enhance our worship of God.
– work to eradicate the poverty of mind, body and spirit.
– commit ourselves to be a significant voice in the world — both locally and globally.
– nurture each person’s potential as a whole and loved gift of God.
What is Safe Sanctuaries? Safe Sanctuaries is the name commonly given by local United Methodist Annual Conferences and local churches to their individual efforts to make conference, district, and local church programs welcoming and safe for children and youth.
Why do we need to have this Safe Sanctuaries program? As a Church, we believe, the physical and emotional safety, as well as the spiritual growth of all God’s children and youth, is important. We  are committed to the holistic well-being of each child, youth, and adult entrusted to us. We believe that we as a Church must take reasonable steps to love and protect our children and youth while they are involved in programs and activities provided in and by our local churches, districts, and our Conference. In addition, we must take reasonable steps to love and protect those adults who work with our children and youth.

The resolution Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in the Church was adopted in 1996 and reaffirmed in 2000 and 2004 by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.