Welcome to
First United Methodist Church in Horseheads


“Working Together with All to Connect to God’s Love.”

We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. We have a long tradition of outreach and service to our members and the community. We hope you will join us for worship on Sunday at 9:30 am , either in-person or online to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.

Join Facebook Live (Horseheads United Methodist Church) or You Tube (hh 1st united methodist church) for online services.

Meet First UMC

Meet the staff and clergy, read about our history, and find out about ministries and other activities.


Ministering to our congregation, our community, our world.

Contact & Directions

First United Methodist Church in Horseheads is located at 1034 W Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845.

Sunday Worship Service December 3, 2023

Did you miss our Sunday Worship Service? Want to experience it again? Check out our most recent sermon right here!

                                 2023 ADVENT SERVICE                                                                      LESSONS & CAROLS


Proudly presented by the combined choirs of St. Mary Our Mother & First United Methodist Church in Horseheads. This is the 32nd presentation.

Church News

Join us! Important dates & times to note:

Join us in  “COMING CLOSER TO JESUS” this month!  -Pastor Jeff McDowell

WEDNESDAY, 12/6:  United Women in Faith Christmas Party, noon, fellowship hall

                                   TUESDAY, 12/19: Crystal Chords Christmas Concert, Corning Brass Works will start playing at 6:45 on the 19th.  Concert starts at 7.

SUNDAY, 12/24:  Church Service at 9:30am

SUNDAY, 12:24:  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7pm.

SUNDAY, 12/24:  No Sunday School

The church office will be closed on December 25th & 26th for the Christmas holiday.


Advent Adult Book Study Continues

.Light from Afar is a daily Advent devotional that illuminates the season through the unforgettable stories and reflections of four writers from around the world.

Authors from Ukraine, Philippines, Brazil, and South Africa share cultural and religious traditions of the Advent season in their daily reflections.

Each day’s meditation includes a scripture reading, a prayer, an opportunity for reflection, and a link to a song from the author’s home country.

Date Options:

Sunday mornings from 10:45-11:45 in Classroom #21, led by the parenting class. Books provided; all are welcome.


Tuesday mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in large conference room, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, and 19, led by Rev. McDowell.

Please reserve a book with Rev. McDowell by Nov. 21 or order it directly from Cokesbury.com, $13.49 paperback. All are welcome.

Living Nativity

History of the Living Nativity In 1983, Rev. Mary Jo Yaekel and Maureen Nicolo worked together to start the first Living Nativity.  They borrowed costumes and built the stable by hand each year.  Later many volunteers sewed their own costumes. In 1985, John Bouille offered to construct the stable we use today.  Each year, Doug Mayhew gathered a group to rebuild the structure.  Our front lawn is the perfect location to show the true meaning of Christmas.  Without our church family & friends this tradition of the FUMC would not be possible.  Move ahead to 2022, Dylan Maynard built the new stable, for his eagle project.  Troop 84 will construct the stable for us to use this year.  We offer other churches in the area to participate if they would like to join in.  If you would like to participate in this event, please give Sandy a call at the church office and she will schedule you. (607-739-1943).  Living Nativity runs December 20-24th.

Christmas Poinsettias

Our annual Christmas Poinsettias will be on the Altar from December 24-31, 2023.  

If you wish to purchase one, froms can be found in the Narthex. Please fill out and submit to the Church Office.

After Christmas Eve Service, please take your flower home or give it to someone you know.

Christmas Giving Tree

You could be a Christmas Angel

when you donate to the Outreach Giving Tree.

The donations are needed by Dec. 10 when gift cards

will be purchased to help families celebrate the season of love.

Envelopes are available on the display in the narthex.

Put checks (with Giving Tree on the memo line)

or cash in an envelope and deposit them in the

Christmas Box, collection plates, or give them to the office.

Blessings to one and all.

“Not Playing With a Full Deck”


Like to play cards but don’t have anyone to partner with?

Join a small group who love to play cards.

Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the coffee or tea.

Fridays from noon -2pm.

Join us, the “Not Playing with a Full Deck group”

in the Conference Room here at church.

Food Pantry Needs


Pork & Beans


Diced Tomatoes

Chili Seasoning Packets

Kidney Beans

The Bridge News


A new Issue of the Bridge is ready for download.  Click here to select.  Hard copies are also available in the Narthex.

The Bridge is a communications tool designed for local churches to stay connected to each other and to the ministries taking place around the Upper New York Conference and The United Methodist Church.

The Bridge is generally published the week prior to the first and third Sundays Sept.-May; in June-August, the Bridge is published the week prior to the first Sunday of each month.

Online Giving

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