FUMC Centerville Loving God And His People for 168 Years

There is a peace about this place. A calm and joy that can be felt the moment you enter. In part, for the past decade, by the works of Pastor Joy Richards who has lovingly led its members and visitors in prayer, supplication and worship. Her guiding hand has been that of encourager, leader, and protector and although rare, disciplinarian as needed. A graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pastor Joy welcomes with open arms, open heart and encouragement to all who enter.

First United Methodist Church of Centerville is a community-minded church, offering many opportunities to get involved both locally and abroad. Along with the local Master Gardner group, the annual Pumpkin Patch offers educational programs and fun events for county-wide kids ages K-3rd grade the third week of October. The event features story book time, science, face painting, build-a-scarecrow and more. During this time you can purchase pumpkins, lots of pumpkins, as many as you like, pumpkins. The ministry is about quality of life with proceeds going to help the farmers with their harvest.

With Christmas just around the corner, it?s time to start thinking about Toys for Tots. The church is a donation destination for new toys for kids. Over the years, thousands of kids have enjoyed receiving the gift of play from the generous offerings of the local community.

The focus on encouraging kids of all ages continues with ministries such as the annual Vacation Bible School and youth camp that hosts about 20 kids every summer. The ministry continues with weekly programs for young ones as well as teens in the Wesley House. The teen outreach program gives our young adults the opportunity to come together, worship, hang out and talk about local and national events.

Other events include the spaghetti dinners fund raisers held 6 times a year, Good Friday fish fry community outreach with proceeds going to the Leon County Fire Department and the pancake supper.

Adults, children and teens can enjoy Sunday worship at 11am.For devotional and a deeper understanding of God?s word, bible study is at 10am. Both are open to church members and the public. Everyone is also welcome to attend services on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Other outreach ministries include Young Christian Outreach, prayer groups, occasional impromptu lunches and dinners as well as the semi-annual men?s and women?s dinner events, as well as the annual Home & Garden and 4th of July events. The Emmaus retreat is offered for training up those who choose to serve and stand in the balance so that Pastor Joy can take an occasional day off!

Join Reverend Joy Richards and the community of believers at 245 S Commerce St, Centerville, TX 75833. You can visit the website at http://www.firstumccenterville.org, or for questions or prayer, call (903) 536-2945.