5th Annual Trunk or Treat

First United Methodist Church will be having their 5th Annual TRUNK OR TREAT on Halloween night, October 31st from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Trunks of all kinds (cars, pickups, perhaps even 4-wheelers) will be decorated and participants will be handing out candy and treats to all children in the East parking lot in front of sanctuary (1020 S. 10th Avenue, Safford).

Concessions will also be for sale in the Fellowship Hall and proceeds will support the Methodist Youth Group.

Parents are invited and welcome to bring their children for a safe Halloween celebration!

Annual Coat Drive is upon us


Many families in the Gila Valley are unable to afford cold-weather apparel for their children or even themselves. With so many people struggling financially, your donations mean more this year than ever. The Gila Valley Ministerial Association invites you to join us as we respond to this need during the months of September and October with a Gila Valley… COAT DRIVE!!

We hope to collect 100 new or gently used coats suitable for infants – adults.

Bring your coats to Rev. Sherry Brady’s office at the First United Methodist Church located at 1020 S 10th Avenue anytime from now until noon on October 16th. (The office is located on the west side of the Fellowship Hall across from Our Neighbor’s Farm.)

The coats will be handed out on Tuesday, October 16th between the hours of 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church.

Exciting New Sunday School Model Comes to FUMC. We Need You!

First United Methodist Church Christian Education Dept. will be adding a twist to it’s elementary Sunday School program this school year. Still using the United Methodist Deep Blue curriculum, FUMC will be using the workshop rotation Sunday School model  where Bible stories and spiritual truths are reinforced by using all the senses. The basic idea is that the Sunday School will focus for several weeks on a single Biblical story. There are a number of lab-style workshops such as missions, science, storytelling/drama, art and audio/visual, where students will rotate each week from workshop to workshop. Rather than the same old boring Sunday School, children will have more fun while learning more and retaining more about the Bible. The school year will be divided into five week sessions so teachers can volunteer for a five week period for any of the workshops. Rather than teaching something different every week, teachers will be teaching their same part for five weeks. They don’t rotate; only the students. Teachers will have the chance to improve each of the five weeks of the unit. Rev. Sherry Brady, Megan Robbins and Michelle Schreur are excited about this program, and want potential teachers/volunteers to have a chance to look at the first unit materials which have been downloaded for everyone to see. There will be a Sunday School teacher/volunteer meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the Friendship room. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in teaching/volunteering to see how the rotation will work and ask questions. We want you to feel free to come with as many questions as possible. We will have lesson plans available so teachers/volunteers will have two weeks to look over the material and be prepared for our Sunday School kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 9th @ 9:15 a.m. Please feel free to contact Rev. Sherry or Michelle if you have any questions before August 30th.


Sidewalk Sunday School starts up August 15th

Sidewalk Sunday School starts up for the 2018-2109 school year on Wednesday, August 15th. This will be the 11th year that First United Methodist Church has offered this FREE after-school program for area children. Sidewalk Sunday School is every Wednesday from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and includes Bible stories, crafts, food and games. This is for children from 4 years old (pre-K) to 6th grade. Rides home or to the Gila Valley Boys and Girls Club are available in the church van. Call Rev. Sherry Brady at 428-4211 for more information.IMG-6710.JPG

Meet Our New Childcare Director


Ashley Montoya became the new director of First United Methodist Preschool Child-Care Center in June. She is a welcome addition to our program.

Ashley is returning to Safford after several years in the Phoenix area where she worked in the behavioral health field.  Having been born and raised in Safford, she is excited to be back with family and friends.  Previously Ashley had worked for our Center, serving as a teacher and assistant director.  Her daughter, Aliciana who is 8 years old, attended Methodist Preschool from 2 years old until 5 years old.

During Ashley’s free time, she enjoys spending time with family and loves the outdoors.  She especially likes to fish and go camping.

Some of the goals Ashley has set for the Center is to upgrade the classrooms and office and to create a more modern outlook.  She is working on creating a Facebook page, a website, and electronic postings to show all the great things that happen on a daily basis.  She plans to provide additional training and educational opportunities for teachers, improve the curriculum and build more family involvement between the parents and the Center.

Recently the Methodist Preschool has been awarded a grant from United Way to provide some tuition assistance scholarships for families.  Look in the Eastern Arizona Courier for a photo of the awarding of the grant. The Center also accepts children who receive DES assistance for their tuition as well as children whose families pay the regular tuition. The Center currently has openings for one year old to five year old children.  Providing quality preschool and child care has always been the mission of the Center.

“I look forward to working with my amazing staff and with families to build a better future in early education for our youth,” Ashley said.

Drop by the Preschool Office to meet Ashley.  Please come and visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, and watch the children enjoy learning.  The Center is open from 7:00 AM until 5:30 PM Monday through Friday.  This Center is one of the longest established local missions of our church.

November/December 2018 Upper Rooms

November/December 2018 Upper Rooms are available for pick-up in the church office or in the narthex. Come by office, M-F, 9:00am to 12:45pm to pick up your copy. Can also pick-up on Sunday mornings in narthex.