Edmond First United Methodist Church is located just west of the University of Central Oklahoma. We've been a worshiping community since 1889. Our connection to the university community goes back to its inception in that classes were first held in our church building when we were located at a nearby site.
Our worship is liturgical in nature and we draw from a deep well of Christian tradition - both modern and ancient.
The sanctuary is a warm and friendly building with an intimate feel. This is supported by our congregation who will be glad to have you visit us for worship!
Our congregation believes that our prime purpose is to connect people with God and neighbor as these were the top commandments given by Jesus in the Gospels. We do this through a great variety of mission and service opportunities to the local community and beyond.
We are a community of faith where you will find both the comfort of God's love as well as the challenge of Christ's call upon your lives!
Edmond FUMC History
Fourteen Methodists arrived in what became Edmond and formed a class on April 22, 1889, the day of the Land Run. Oklahoma then was U.S. Indian Territory with a missionary from Kansas in charge of the Methodist religious interests. The brand new town of Edmond, I.T. issued city lots in August 1889. Rev. James E. Roberts of the Frisco Methodist Episcopal Church preached fine sermons either at the school house or at Central Hotel or the Catholic church when he was in town.
We have a postal card, now 125 years old, from Rev. Roberts to Aaron Fretz announcing Roberts arrival in November to organize the Methodist Episcopal Church. Fourteen men and women became the first members of this church. By December 1890, the M.E. Church on Broadway and Hurd began construction of a church building 28x50', supervised by Rev. Joseph H. Brooks and Fannie Morrison (Mrs. Henry), who also organized the Epworth League. First worship services were held in this building on October 18, 1891.
Edmond’s community leaders wanted to establish a two-year Normal School, and began work on a building (now known as “Old North”). Their desire to open was strong and enabled them to open the teacher training school on November 9, 1891, in the newly constructed M.E. Church. Church member Richard D. Thatcher served as the school’s first president and taught classes. The Normal School became Central State College, now the University of Central Oklahoma.
Fourteen years later (1905), the little frame church was turned half way around and a new much larger brick church with an organ joined it. The Sarah Riley Memorial Methodist Church is visible in many pictures of old Edmond. Sadly, 22 years after it was built, the church and most of its contents burned to the ground on Sunday afternoon, November 13, 1927. By Monday morning, plans were underway to relocate. Larger lots were later chosen at Hurd and Jackson, moving away from the noisy location near the railroad and interurban lines.
The cornerstone of our present church was laid on December 30, 1928. Completion of this $60,000 church came two years after the fire, and the church’s architect received a $25 prize for plans drawn for the best church costing under $100,000. Local newspapers contained many stories of construction progress, fund raising and the day-long dedication on June 9, 1929. Not until 1957, 28 years later, was a new Education Addition added, at a cost of $104,000.
Many Edmond streets are named for the college’s first professors who were also members of the Methodist church. We are indeed fortunate to have many documents, letters, photographs and news articles surrounding our history.
Mission & Beliefs
We are a local church of The United Methodist Church. Our denomination is worldwide with over 8 million members. Our connection to other United Methodists is one of our greatest strengths in that we are able to provide ministry to a great variety of places and people around the globe!
Our beliefs are Trinitarian in that we believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
John Wesley, an 18th century Anglican priest, was the founder of Methodism.
We follow his emphasis on grace which was three-fold:
Prevenient Grace is the belief that God seeks after us before we are aware of God.
Justifying Grace is the belief that we are made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Sanctifying Grace is the belief that the above faith leads us to seek to become more Christ-like in our daily living.
We seek to become more Christ-like through following Wesley’s three General Rules:
Do no harm.
Do all the good one can.
Continue to work on our relationship with God.
As we try to discern God’s will for our lives, we do so prayerfully, using a disciplined approach we refer to as the “Wesleyan Quadrilateral.” This fourfold method begins with Scripture and illuminates it with:
Tradition – Church traditions and writings such as the Apostles’ Creed but also recent church writings such as our United Methodist Book of Discipline or Book of Resolutions.
Experience – Our religious experiences of what we believe God is calling us to do. As we believe that God permeates our lives, we may often broaden what we tend to think of as religious experiences.
Reason – God has given us minds with which to use. Our reason allows us to interpret scripture or life issues utilizing other scripture, tradition and experience. We don’t believe in checking our brains at the door when we enter the sanctuary.
Our denominational beliefs are found more thoroughly here: