Summer Events

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, June 10 to 14, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon daily.

All area children ages 3 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers.

Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend.

Watch for more information this spring!

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!

The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. An informal atmosphere, brief messages, and lots of music and fellowship opportunities.

Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

School aged children are invited to bring their backpacks to either the 8:15 or 10:45 a.m. worship service for a special blessing to be prayed over their backpacks. We will pray for a safe and wonderful school year and for all our students, teachers, school administrators and school support staff.

At 2:00 that same afternoon, you are invited to prayer walk the grounds of schools and pray for the students, teachers and staff as they start the new school year. Pastors from the community will be stationed at the main entrance of the following schools to lead the prayer:

  • Mechanicsburg High School,
  • Cumberland Valley High School,
  • Northern High School,
  • Mechanicsburg Middle School,
  • Elmwood Academy,
  • Upper Allen Elementary,
  • Shepherdstown Elementary,
  • Broad Street Elementary,
  • Northside Elementary and
  • Mechanicsburg Kindergarten Academy.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will hold their annual Yard, Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot. The church library will host a huge book sale on site. Most books can be purchased for 25 cents to $1. Back by popular demand, the UMW will be selling their homemade baked goods. Other food will be available for purchase. Free school supplies for children on a first come, first served basis! Proceeds benefit UMW missions in our community and our Youth Mission Trips!

First Church is pleased to support Isaiah 61 Ministries, a local organization that serves the needs of the homeless in Dauphin County. They provide a variety of services including a food bank, clothing closet and shelter.

Specifically, First Church members help serve meals to the homeless in downtown Harrisburg on the third Wednesday of each month. The next volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested.

All are welcome! To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

The Little Friends Preschool of First Church has limited openings for the 2018-2019 school year. Current openings include: Pre-K (afternoon class); 18 month old (Monday and Wednesday class); 3 year old (Wednesday and Friday class).

Little Friends is a non-profit, Christian-based preschool that offers classes for children from 18 months to pre-kindergarten. All students receive quality instruction led by caring teachers in a safe, nurturing environment. Scholarships are available.

To register, call or e-mail name Maria Petrilak, Little Friends Director, at (717) 766-4611 or

The Third Friday Food Truck Feast rolls into the First Church parking lot again on August 17, from 5 to 9 p.m.
An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods. Confirmed vendors so far include: Mad Sandwiches, Mad Dash, Bountiful Feast, Artisan Pizza, It’s All Greek, The Sweet Spot and Ice Cream Express.

In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members. First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

This month, we welcome one of our ministry partners, CommunityAid! They will be accepting gently used clothing and shoes during the event. CommunityAid is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization with the primary purpose of raising funds for distribution to local schools, churches, synagogues, temples and nonprofit charitable organizations. They will be parked near the CommunityAid clothing bin at the corner of our property.

Food Trucks are scheduled for the following additional Fridays in 2018: Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.

Check out the Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for details, and an updated list of food trucks for each event.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6:00 p.m. to help sort and bag donated groceries. The groceries are then transported to the Bethesda Mission shelter in Harrisburg to be shared with residents in need.

Mission Central, a warehouse and affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church, collects and distributes relief supplies and humanitarian aid locally, nationally and internationally as needed in response to natural disasters and other crises, lately it has also received furniture and other products from

First Church members volunteer at Mission Central the third Wednesday evening of every month to prepare the groceries.

For more information or to volunteer, call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

Feel free to share your extra flowers, fruits or veggies with others! Bring them to the display (turn right at the end of the Main Entrance Hallway) anytime this summer. If you don’t have a garden, help yourself to garden goodies. Bags are available at the display.

The First Church Library, located near the alley entrance, is having a mini book sale before the August 18 Book Sale.  Stop in for a chance to get some great reads for just 25¢! Proceeds benefit the Church Library.

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