First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

The United Methodist Church...

... was first established in Arroyo Grande, California, in 1884 as pioneer families came looking for land. Our heritage and challenge is to carry on as those before us, advancing the Kingdom of God in Arroyo Grande. The people of the United Methodist Church believe in God and each other. If you're searching for something to believe in, our hearts, our minds and our doors are always open.

A Worshiping Church

In a very real way, we find out who we are and what life is all about through worship. When we worship God, then doing what God wants is the goal of life. It is what life is for and what life is all about.

Come worship with us at 8:30am and 10:30am Sundays.

A Praising Church

Our worship services are filled with contemporary and traditional music. We are inspired in worship by our Chancel Choir, Grande Ringers handbell choir and The Lord's Crew praise band. It is a joy to proclaim the glory of God in song and music.

A Friendly Church

We recognize that we cannot be Christians in isolation. As people of God we promise to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts and service. We warmly welcome newcomers as we experience God's love through all of God's people.

A Teaching Church

Study groups for all ages enable us to learn and grow in the Word of the Lord. For United Methodists, the Bible is the record of God's people living out God's promise.


Pastor: Rev. Mary Birgelaitis
Chancel Choir Director: Julie Burns
Bell Choir Director: Leonard Lutz
Youth Worker: Isabella Russell
Children's Center Director: Maddy Quaglino (805-481-2223)
Praise Team Leader: Mike Clarke
Lay Leader: Judy Atwood
Office Administrator: Frances Robertson
Pianist: Dennis Eiler
Acolyte Chairpersons: Nikki Raetz and Lori Ford
Retired Covenant Missionary: Judy Atwood
Nursery Care Provider: Shirley Willmott
Webminster: Jamie Foster (email)

History of this Church

A history of this church is here.

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A Mission-Oriented Church

We know that we are not in this ministry for ourselves. And we know that we are not in ministry by ourselves, for God is with us. The redeeming grace of God is working through us to be in mission around the world.

Something Exciting And Important Is Happening Here

8:30am Contemporary Worship
10:30am Traditional Worship

We are involved, diverse, open and committed to winning people over to Christ. Our concern reaches out beyond the local church to people around the world. As Christian disciples we try to be accepting, caring, hospitable and inclusive. We love music, fellowship events and opportunities to share a meal together. As we grow in the knowledge of God, we like to tell the story of God's redeeming grace. We are the people of the Arroyo Grande First United Methodist Church.


First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande
275 N. Halcyon Road [Get Map]
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 481-2692
(805) 481-2693 FAX
Office Hours: M-Th 9am-1pm

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