Founded in 1829, First United Methodist Church of Farmington is one of the oldest Methodist churches in Michigan. The first preachers were circuit riders in the early tradition of Methodism. The present sanctuary, with gothic style stained glass windows and intricate woodwork, has provided a classic setting for worship since 1922. An educational wing, completed in 1958, houses classroom and fellowship activities. The 2002 renovation added a new entrance, office wing, air conditioning and an elevator, making our building handicap accessible. Currently, a congregation of 350 members, the people of Farmington First UMC represent all ages and many backgrounds. We would like to welcome you!
Michigan Historical Marker
A Michigan Historical Marker for our site was dedicated on November 11, 2007. This is only the fourth state historical marker in the City of Farmington and state wide there are only 1500. On May 31, 2015, a plaque was dedicated on the west outer wall of the church, to designate the building on the National Register of Historic Places. We maintain a display showcase in the upper gallery. The exhibits are of interest for all ages, focusing on our history…PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
Who Are Those Guys in the Window?
The center window in our sanctuary, depicting four standing figures, was painted in 1922 by the French artist, Francois Grenier. These men represent the pioneer phases of Christianity. They are (from left to right):
- John Wesley (1707-1791) – A pioneer of evangelical Christianity and founder of the Methodist denomination.
- John Wycliffe (1330-1384) – A pioneer in the translating and teaching of the Bible in English and other common languages.
- St. Paul – A pioneer in early Christian missions recorded in the book of Acts.
- John the Baptist – A pioneer of Christianity recorded in the Gospels.
The window was donated by Fred M. Warner, a longtime church member and Governor of Michigan from 1905-1911.
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The Historical Committee of our church strives to:
- Honor our PAST
- Celebrate our PRESENT
- and Embrace our FUTURE