Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Mattoon! Whether you are looking for a new home church, just visiting the area, or have never been to church before, we are excited to meet you! If you have any questions, simply send us an email or give us a call. We look forward to seeing you!
Who are the Pastors?
Pastor J. Michael Smith is the lead Pastor at First UMC. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington D.C.). He is married to Jie Wu. They are the parents of three grown daughters: Mindy, Alison, and Scarlette. They have two grandchildren, Sean and Isobel. To read more about Pastor Smith or to contact him directly, click here.
Jordan Thomas is the Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor, and contemporary worship director. Jordan graduated from Greenville College in 2016 with degrees in philosophy and pastoral ministry. He grew up in Springfield, IL, where his parents still live. He has a brother and a sister and is an uncle to Harper and Ivy. To read more about Jordan or contact him directly, click here.
Where are you located and where do I park?
We are located in Downtown Mattoon at the corner of Charleston Ave and 16th Street. There is handicap parking on the West side of 16th street, regular parking in the First Mid Illinois Bank & Trust lot across from the church, and a small lot to the South of the church. Go to Google Maps!
What about my kids?
We LOVE having kids participate in worship! Birth-PreK are welcome to participate in worship with you or in our fully staffed nursery, located off the gym. We also have plenty of programs for children and youth throughout the week! Check out our Kids Page for more info!
What do I wear?
We do not have a dress code and welcome you to wear what reflects your personal style. We want you to be comfortable and focused on your worship experience rather than how much you dislike button-up shirts or high heels. With that being said, we do respectfully request no clothing with profanity or PG-13 + imagery/wording as to maintain a family-friendly environment. You can view more information on attire here: 8:00 service, 9:00 service, and 10:30 service.
What to expect on Sunday morning
You will enter through the doors on the East side of our building. If you make your way up the stairs (or elevator), please help yourself to some coffee, hot tea, water, and assorted goodies before service begins! Our 8:00 a.m. service is held in the chapel, consists of the old songs, and is traditional in nature. During our 9:00 a.m. service, located in the sanctuary, you can enjoy a more traditional setting with use of hymnals and responsive prayers. If offered, you are welcome to join in holy communion. We do not put limitations on who can come to God’s table. At the conclusion of service, you are welcome to stick around for one of our many Sunday School classes and more fellowship! At 10:30 a.m., our more contemporary service begins in the worship room downstairs. During this service, you can expect an intimate atmosphere, coffee bar, music and prayer lead by our praise team, children’s message, Pastor’s message, an offering, and more music! Don’t worry! There will be plenty of signs and greeters to help you find refreshments and the worship location. We hope to see you!
We also offer a hot breakfast in the worship room from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and a coffee and snack bar in the Narthex from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
If you are unable to find answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us by calling (217) 235-5676 or emailing us below!