Frequently Asked Questions

  •  When are your worship services?  We have traditional worship services at 8:45 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary. We offer a contemporary worship service at 8:45 am in our Theatre (162 East Main Avenue). Nursery is provided for all church worship activities.

  • Do you have a weekly Children’s Ministry? Yes! We have age appropriate ministry for our children both on Sunday mornings (gathering at 9:45 am) followed by Sunday School from 10 – 10:45 am) AND on Wednesday evenings. We have a full-time Director of Children’s Ministries and Preschool, Kristi McClellan.

  •  What about your Preschool? We have a through the week school for preschoolers (half-day). Kristi McClellan also directs this ministry.

  •  Do you have a weekly Youth Ministry? Yes! We have Middle School and Sr. High Sunday School classes on Sundays (gathering at 9:45 am in the Greene House and Sunday School classes from 10-10:45 am) AND weekly youth gatherings on Sunday evenings. We also provide prayer breakfasts and mid-week meetings at various times in the year. A hallmark of our youth ministry is mission involvement. We have a full-time Director of Student Ministries, Stephanie Jenkins.

  •  What is the size of your church? We have seen growth over the last several years. We have about 1500 members and average almost 500 in worship. 

  • Do you offer online services? Yes!View our live stream at fumcgastonia.org/worship/view-services. New small groups are beginning to be offered online as well. We are also on social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and iTunes/Podcasts. Alyssa Morris is our Director of Communications.

  • Are you involved in the community? Yes! This church is downtown because we want to be downtown. We have a weekly breakfast ministry at The Salvation Army (every Tuesday), work with community ministry partners, and are proud to belong to the Chamber of Commerce.

  •  Are there small group offerings for all ages? We work to offer a variety of small groups throughout the year, ranging from in depth Bible Study to interest groups.

  • Do you have a quality music ministry? Yes! We have choirs for all ages, handbell choirs, and instrumental ensembles. Exceptional music is a hallmark of FUMC. Rev. Saxon Scarborough is the full-time Minister of Music, Dr. Aaron Prillaman is the part-time Worship leader at 162 East , Susan Lisle is the part-time Music Associate, and Timothy Scruggs is our Organist.

  • Are there programs for older adults? Yes! We have an active congregational care committee who helps us care for our senior adults, and a monthly “Friendship Connections” that meets at our church, and Friends on the Go adult trips. We also share a Parish Nurse, Lisa Marisiddaiah.

  •  Do you offer sports programs? Yes! We offer sports programs through our Family Life Center. We have leagues for children and adults and often participate in leagues with the community. Alyssa Morris is also our Director of the Family Life Center.

  • What is the annual budget of the church? Our budget is around $1.7 million.

  • What is this “partnership” with First UMC, Bessemer City? We are working with this congregation and helping to support them with a pastor (our Minister of Visitation, Rev. Tripp Hord), programs and funding. We also look forward to learning from them!