We are the church

The building is closed. There's no Sunday morning worship in the Sanctuary, or Sunday School in the classrooms. There's no Wednesday WINDOWS. No Wednesday night dinner, Bible study or book clubs. The Choir Room is empty and silent. The Learning Academy is eerily quiet. 

But First United Methodist Garland is not closed. Because our church is not a building. It's the people. It's us. The church - our church - is who we are, not where we go. 

As we shelter in place, doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, we continue to do the work for which we are tasked as disciples of Christ. 

We worship together on Facebook (Sundays, 11:00am) with Senior Pastor Valarie Englert.* Some of our Sunday School classes meet via video conference. 

We share "The Faces of Easter" (Wednesdays, 10:00am) and "Parables" (Fridays, 10:00am) with Associate Pastor Caroline Noll, also on Facebook Live. 

Director of Music Ministries Kitty Williams and the Chancel Choir harmonize online and Artist-in-Residence Eldred Marshall shares his gifts on the piano, both on Facebook. 

Josh Medlock, Director of Student Ministries is in fellowship with our First Youth via video conference at least twice a week. 

We pray for one another. 

Your pastors and church staff are connecting with church family and friends by phone, text, email and Facebook to stay connected and to address pastoral care needs when humanly possible under these extraordinary circumstances. 

In short, we're all in this together. We are all responsible for carrying on the work of the church, even when there's no sanctuary and no church building available to aid us. 

First United Methodist Garland is shuttered, but not closed. Now more than ever, we are the church

* Recordings also available on YouTube

Welcome to First United Methodist Garland!

We're delighted you're visiting us online. If you're looking for a church home, we invite you to consider joining us. First United Methodist Church Garland blends a long history of faith and community service with a progressive spirit and a fervent desire to share God's love locally and around the world. 

We offer two different Sunday morning worship experiences, Sunday School classes for all ages, faith formation for children and youth, highly-regarded music and arts programs, and many mission opportunities.

We also offer Wednesday WINDOWS, a weekly time of food, fun, fellowship and faith with family and friends.

Our Learning Academy provides year-round, faith-based preschool education that prepares children ages six weeks to four years for kindergarten in a safe, nurturing environment. 

Our mission

Cultivating Christian Community

Loving God, Living Faith, Serving Others, Inspiring Hope

Planting, nurturing and growing Christian disciples in a manner reflective of our proud, 160-year heritage as a faith family with strong Methodist roots and a firm commitment to both our local and global communities. 

Loving God

Putting God first, mirroring God's love in all we do

Living Faith

Proactively living out God's plans for our lives, individually and collectively

Serving Others

Reaching out to those in need at home, in our neighborhoods and around the world

Inspiring Hope

Bringing comfort today while inspiring hope for a future filled with God's peace and love

Sunday morning worship

We offer two different worship experiences on Sunday mornings, each with traditional hymns and a timely message based on the wisdom of Holy Scripture.

8:30am A Service of Morning Prayer and Communion

An opportunity to center and focus for the coming week with contemplation, remembrance and celebration. Includes Holy Communion each week.

10:50am Traditional Service

A full worship celebration in the Methodist tradition, led by our Chancel Choir and Pure Joy! Youth Choir. Includes Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month.

Children Welcome

We believe children are important participants in worship, and we invite them to attend one of our worship experiences with their parents. (Childcare available for those who don't.) A children's bulletin is available each service to help teach them about worship. The Traditional Service also includes a special Children's Time to help relate the message to their lives.


A dedicated staff provides childcare for infants thru age 4 during Sunday morning worship. The Betsy Henderson Mother's Room (119) is also available during worship for mothers needing privacy to feed, change or comfort infants.

Sunday School

We offer Sunday School between worship services (9:30am), providing small group fellowship, Bible study, faith formation and topical Christian teaching.

Sunday School classes are available for Children, Youth and Adults.

Children age two thru 6th grade meet on the 2nd floor. Curriculum is based on Godly Play, a Montessori-based approach that enables children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play.

Youth grades 7 thru 12 meet on the 3rd floor.

Adults meet on the 1st floor and in the basement. Offerings range from young, primarily college-age adults and 30's-40's with children to 50's, 60's and beyond.