What to Expect When you Visit FUMC Bryant

We want to be your church home. No matter where you’re from, we hope you’ll find a home with us. We would love to help you find your place here.

When you arrive, enter the building through the main entrance of the church’s main entrance for the 8:30 service or the Family Life Center (FLC) for the 10:30am service. You should expect a warm welcome from our greeters and ushers. They are here for you, and will be happy to help you with directions for childcare, restrooms, or anything else you may need.

After the Children’s Message, pre-k to 3rd grade children may attend a special, kid-oriented Children’s Church time before returning to the worship area.

Services

Sunday Gatherings
We have two different styled worship services on Sunday mornings.

Located in our church’s sanctuary, our 8:30 A.M. service is considered our “traditional service” where we worship in classic “Methodist” fashion, with choir and traditional music.

Our 10:30 A.M. service is considered our “contemporary service” and features a more casual, modern worship style with our live praise band in the church’s Family Life Center (FLC).

Sunday School classes are available for all ages, and meet from 9:45-10:45 A.M.

History

LOGO tells the story of our church family.

  • The four pie shapes represent four Methodist churches with one origin: Wesley’s Chapel, Bryant Methodist Church, Hunter’s Chapel, and Bauxite Methodist Church. Sometime in the 1850s, a group of pioneers came through this area on their way to Texas. Hurricane Creek was too high to cross, so they set up camp. A Methodist circuit rider was with them, and they worshiped around a campfire. Some of the families stayed in what later became Bryant. Those families founded Wesley’s Chapel. In 1875, Wesley’s Chapel split. Those who stayed changed the name to Bryant Methodist Church. Those who left named their church Hunter’s Chapel after Dr. Andrew Hunter, who lived in this area and donated the land for the chapel. Hunter’s Chapel later became Bauxite Methodist Church. In 1968, due to the declining mining industry, Bauxite Methodist Church closed and merged with Bryant Methodist Church to form First United Methodist Church of Bryant.
  • The semi-circles represent the movement of the four churches and their journey, full circle, to become First United Methodist Church of Bryant in 1968.Our 
  • The cross or crossroads, represent one destination.

Belief

Our VISION is to make a home for all of God’s children.

Our MISSION is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We are the family of God, committed to

  • Growing as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ,
  • Caring for one another in an atmosphere of love and acceptance,
  • Sharing God’s love, and
  • Serving human needs in our local and world community.

We value

  • Christ-centeredness, putting Christ at the center of all we do
  • Friendliness
  • “Grace-full” style of ministry: loving people as they are and inviting them to become all God wants them to be
  • Spirituality—an openness to the Holy Spirit and an emphasis on prayer throughout congregational life
  • Lay ministry empowerment
  • Community presence—leadership in Bryant and the public school

Staff

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