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Welcome to First Church

We proclaim unequivocally that First Church will be with you on your journey, because this is who we have been for over 180 years.   Back in 1831 when the fledgling congregation began near the Arkansas River just blocks from our present location, I doubt if anyone used phrases like that.  But over the years and through many many kinds of changes, it has become embedded deeply in our "Church DNA"- that we truly are a church determined to make a difference in people lives.
 
In living out this promise we have anchored ourselves in the heart of downtown, for the good of all people downtown, lifting up that which is good and life-giving, and being a living expression of the body of Christ in an urban setting.
 
There are more than two dozen United Methodist congregations alone in the City of Little Rock, and most of our congregation travels by many of them, just to come here, but the difference is worth the distance.  We are very proud of our heritage but even more excited about our future.  God has blessed us in so many ways with a diverse population, beautiful facilities, as well as creative and bold Christian people.  We know that we are "blessed to be a blessing." We acknowledge that with such blessing comes great responsibility.  I am thankful every day to be a pastor who leads a group of disciples who believe their vision is to be an inclusive downtown congregation that builds Christian community where people experience God's transforming grace and grow in their discipleship.
 
You'll see the evidence of our Christian community everyday in our vibrant and passionate worship services that shares the good news of Jesus Christ to a broken world, in our enthusiastic desire to build spiritual friendships, and in our commitment to serve our neighbors both near and far.
 
No wonder we like to say "Come to First Church...
We will be with you on your journey.”