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Welcome to

Rome First United Methodist Church

Welcome to Rome First United Methodist Church! We invite you to join us as we explore together what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and how this journey can transform the world. Feel free to explore our site and begin to get to know us. We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you how we seek to love God, love people and journey together. 

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"The most important one is this:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these."
Mark 12: 29a, 30-31

Community Advent Celebration


Saturday, December 10

4:00 - 6:00p.m.

This event is FREE and open to community members of ALL AGES and families of all shapes and sizes!

Join us in crafts, games, songs, and a short message celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

This event will conclude with a spaghetti dinner for all who attend. 

So gather your family, friends, and neighbors, or simply bring yourself, and join us for a
fun-filled evening!

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  -- Mitten and Undies Tree--  This tree is located at the back of the sanctuary and we invite you to decorate it with new or homemade mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, socks and underwear.  These will be distributed to the clothing closet at the 1st Baptist Church, Rome Rescue Mission, Connected Community Schools and Rome Neighborhood Center. We will continue collecting through December.

--Giving Tree--  This year we have the opportunity to collect toys and clothing of your choosing for children in the Rome community. They will be distributed to families through the Connected
Community Schools and the Rome Rescue Mission. Tags with suggestions of items,  will be on the tree located near the piano in the sanctuary.  Have fun giving a special gift to a child as if they are
a member of your family.  We are all God's children.  Please bring your gifts in unwrapped by Monday, Dec.12 and placed under the tree.

--Christmas is NOT your Birthday--This offering will be collected for two very worthy missions this year.  Abraham House in Rome, to purchase recliner/lift chairs ($440 each) for the guest rooms.  And, $250 to complete the roof of a new rural church in Africa, pastored by a recent graduate of Nexus Seminary in Mayuge district, Uganda. Please read the article below regarding both of these organizations. The principle behind this offering is to not spend as much on ourselves, but to match what we give to family and friends with an equal dollar amount for Mission.


-- Regular Christmas Offering-- Envelopes will be placed in the Christmas Eve envelopes.  This is for our local church expenses. 


ABRAHAM HOUSE --In September of 2019, Abraham House Rome, a 6-bed home located on the corner of Washington and Thomas streets, officially opened. Formerly known as the Rome Home, a facility for the elderly, the property was donated to them in 2017 to provide end of life care for the residents of Rome and neighboring communities. There is also a 2 bed home in Utica which has been serving that community since 1998. Their mission statement is: Abraham House offers our guests a secure loving home without charge while providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to the terminally ill. Learn more about this wonderful organization that is truly a blessing for us to have as neighbors at


NEXUS SEMINARY- Founded in 2006 by Davis Matovu after graduating as valedictorian  from Alpha Omega Seminary in Jinga, Uganda.  It was formed with Rev. Alan Howe seeking to empower marginalized rural church leaders  and  meet their educational needs.  The Nexus seminary training, 2years (20 classes) is free, open to women and men, and available to those who will commit to being faithful in attendance and diligent in study.  The Seminary owns no buildings and uses the area churches for classes where the pastors live, to eliminate travel and absence from home. To date Nexus Seminary has had 35 classes,  graduating 653 pastors. Davis has published several books used in seminary teaching.  Our congregation has supported our missionary Davis and Nexus Seminary for 12 years.

Join Our Worship Team
Pianist/ Organist/ Keyboardist Opening

Beginning November 1, 2022, Rome 1st will be in need of a
pianist/organist/keyboardist. As a church with a dedicated music ministry, this is a vital position within the life of our church. Below please find the link highlighting the duties and requirements of the position.

After reading the job description, if you are interested in the position, please fill out the form to the right including a link to your resume and two references (one professional and one personal).

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by sending an email to:

Thank you! We’ll be in touch.