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!

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.

What We Believe

John Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in grace, justification, and sanctification. We believe he combined them in a powerful manner to create distinctive emphasis for living the full Christian life.

We believe God’s grace is manifest in all creation. God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ allows us to see the splendor of our true humanity. Divine grace is required for the restoration of God’s image in our lives.

We believe in God pursuing us to be in a relationship. This is God moving towards us. We believe in justification and assurance. Our hearts accept God’s grace through the movement of God’s Holy Spirit. We are forgiven and restored to God’s favor. This is what we commonly call today conversion. We believe in Sanctification and Perfection. The wonder of God’s acceptance and pardon for us does not end there. We are nurtured in our growth and grace. Sanctifying grace draws us towards perfection which Wesley defines as, “habitually filled with the love of neighbor and God” and “having the mind of Christ.”

United Methodists share with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. We believe in Tradition. The theological task does not start anew in each age or each person. For centuries Christians have sought to interpret the truth of the Gospel for their time. We believe our Experience interacts with Scripture. We read Scripture in light of the conditions and events that help shape who we are, and we interpret our experience in terms of Scripture. All religious experience affects all human experience; all human experience affects our understanding of religious experience. We recognize that God’s revelation and our own experience of God’s grace continually surpass the scope of human language and reason, we also believe that any disciplined theological work calls for the careful use of Reason.

(Excerpts from The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012 Paragraphs 102 and 105)


Picture is from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Circuit_Rider_PC160209.jpg
English: Methodist circuit rider in stained glass, Methodist Sky Chapel, Chicago, Illinois.
Date 16 December 2011, 15:30:11
Source Own work
Author Chris Light

What Our Members Can Expect Of Us

Bible centered, Christ centered worship and ministry.  Christian education spanning the total age range of its members.  Opportunities and challenges to serve God within and beyond the local church.  A gathering of people with diverse background and viewpoints, where everyone may not agree, but all will be heard, as we strive to live and grow in Christian community.  Staff responses to personal communication.  Visits by pastors, staff, or church volunteers during times of need.

Photo from our Neighborhood Celebration or yard party.  In the fall, we bring in a band, put on a barbecue, and invite our neighbors in to celebrate life with us.pumpkinpatch