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We are a congregation that has been worshipping God from downtown Erie for nearly 200 years.  
We have small groups, spirited worship, and a welcoming congregation.  Please visit us.

Find us at 707 Sassafras Street, Erie, PA.

United Methodist Women (coming soon)
United Methodist Men
(coming soon)
Our History (coming soon)
Our Building
(coming soon)
The 2014 Roof Project 
Our Organ (coming soon)
Weddings at First UMC
City Youth

What We Believe:
  • Our vision is to have a contagious love for God and our neighbors.
  • Our purpose is to share our passion for Jesus Christ with Erie’s next generations.
  • The Holy Bible is God's inerrant word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is the light of truth to the world.
Directions to First UMC Erie:

From I-90

    • Take I-79 North (Exit 22 to Erie)
    • Proceed north on I-79. I-79 becomes the “Bayfront Highway”
    • Take the Bayfront Highway to State Street
    • At State Street turn right (South)  
    • Go up State Street to West 7th Street
    • Turn right on 7th Street (West)
    • Go two blocks. First United Methodist Church is on your left at the corner of Sassafras and 7th

There are 3 Parking lots adjacent to the church building and public parking is availble in the same block.

1. Church parking lot to the west of the church (right across Sassafras on 7th)
2. In the front atrium area of West 7th
3. Directly South of the church on Sassafras between the church and Methodist Towers
Visitors are welcome to park right in front of the church.  

A public Erie Parking Authority garage is East of the church, on the same block.  It is accessible via Peach Street between 8th and 7th Streets and is free on Sunday Mornings.  
The Living Cross
living cross 2014
Our members decorating the cross of flowers on Easter morning

Groups within our Congregation:

  • Chancel Choir
  • Children's Choir
  • College Ministries Team
  • Light for the City Worship Team
  • United Methodist Women
  • United Methodist Men
  • City Youth
Sidewalk ministry
50 year members
Other Information:
Joining the Church

As United Methodists, we at First UMC are committed to spreading the Gospel good news to all and making Disciples in the name of Jesus Christ.  If you are interested in becoming a part of our congregation, please contact our Sr. Pastor.

First UMC Erie welcomes those interested in having a wedding ceremony in our church.  Additional information can be found here. Please enquire with our church office if you are interested in more information.