Welcome to Cumming First United Methodist Church!
“Welcome to Cumming First United Methodist Church! I hope that you will take a few minutes to look around and see what we are about. In the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to, “Love God and Love others.” Here at CFUMC we try to take that seriously. Whatever your age, family status, or background you will find worship, classes, discussion groups, and opportunities to “Love God.” At the same time, we are passionate about helping people. We reach out to the Cumming/Forsyth community in multiple ways. We offer other opportunities to “love others” outside the boundaries of our community. So come on in. Look around. Let us know how we can help. We love questions, new ideas, comments and inquiries.”
We are so glad that you have stopped by. It is our desire that you visit us on a Sunday morning for one of our worship services. There are also multiple ways to get plugged into the life of the Church, make lasting friendships and doing life together as a community of believers.
When and where are the Sunday morning worship services?
8:45 am in the Main Sanctuary is our Traditional Worship Service
9:51 am in the Family Life Center is our Contemporary Worship Service
11:00 am in the Main Sanctuary is our Traditional Worship Service
9:00 am Seasonal Lake Service at Bald Ridge Marina Chapel (first Sunday of May – Labor Day)
The Marina is east of Ga. 400 at exit 15. 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd, Cumming, GA 30041.
What to expect at the Traditional Services?
8:45 am and 11:00 am Traditional Worship Services
Beginning at 8:45 and 11:00 every Sunday morning in our beautiful sanctuary, these services afford a life changing opportunity to connect with God through the vital experience of sharing and participating in the great traditions of Methodist worship. You will experience majestic traditional liturgical worship, spirited hymn singing and moving choral music by the Chancel Choir, Student Choral Ensemble, and/or Joyful Sound. Worship will include many of the church’s current and old masters.
Congregational affirmations, prayers and moments of spiritual quietude and inner resolve are effectively led through the sincere, dynamic worship leadership of our clergy staff and lay readers. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
How should I dress?
Come as you are. You’ll find people from all walks of life at CFUMC and a broad range of attire from dressy to casual. All are welcome.
What is the music like?
Music at the 8:45 service is led by the Student Choral Ensemble and features our magnificent pipe organ and piano. The hymns are more traditional and reflect the rich heritage of the United Methodist Church. One Sunday a month, the music is led by Joyful Sound.
Music in our 11:00 service is led by the Chancel Choir and features our magnificent pipe organ and piano. Joyful Sound participates once a month and guest choirs and instrumental musicians lead at various times throughout the year. Music ranges from classical and traditional hymns to gospel and jazz.
What should I bring?
You are encouraged to bring a Bible so that you can follow the Scripture readings, and you may find a notebook and pen or pencil helpful to make notes during the sermon. However, this is not a requirement.
What to expect at the Contemporary Service?
We have this idea that worship is not just a service or experience, but an ideal to live by in and outside of these walls. We gather here to love, support, and worship with one another. We leave here to love, support and expand the kingdom of heaven in the world.
All are welcome to gather with us. We are a congregation made up of all ages, backgrounds and traditions. Come as you are – we look forward to having you worship with us.
What is the music like?
We like to think of our worship style as contemporary, organic and real. You’ll hear and sing songs you know and songs you might not know. We’ll play songs you hear on the radio, but we’re not afraid to get back to our roots and play those hymns that mean so much to the foundation of our faith. Our ultimate goal is, not to perform, but to participate in worship as a collective of believers.
What should I bring?
We always encourage folks to bring their Bibles to church. What we believe and speak about is based on scripture. We believe that the Bible is the Holy Word of God and the life, breath, and heartbeat of our faith.
What to expect at the seasonal 9:00 am Lake Service?
During the summer months, (first Sunday of May – Labor Day) a brief, informal outdoor service is held at the Bald Ridge Chapel on Lake Lanier. The Marina is east of Ga. 400 at exit 15. 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd, Cumming, GA 30041. There is seating under the pavilion but most people bring a lawn chair and sit on the lawn. Dr. Ross or one of our ministers preaches.