Hope & Justice

Hope gives us the courage to endure everything aligned against it.

First Church is a place of promise, and, as a beloved community of God, we are advocates for and actively work toward eliminating anything that inhibits ALL people from living into this community. Hope gives us the courage to endure everything aligned against it.

Hope's Home
First Church offers a robust food ministry providing food and fellowship.

Green Team

All Means All

International Ministries 

Emerging Ministries 


Hope's Home Ministries

Food Pantry

First Church’s Food Pantry serves thousands of households each year. Clients may receive free groceries once a week, and are invited to choose their own food.

Food Pantry Hours

Monday: 9:00 to 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m,.

We register guests on-site during pantry hours for that day's session (no phone registrations).

Food Pantry Registration

We offer on-site registration. Once we have checked-in the number of households we are able to serve during a session, the pantry will close registration for that session. A photo ID is required along with IDs for all family members as well as current and dated proof of address. Households may be served only ONE TIME each week. Food Pantry closures are announced ahead of time on our church Calendar. You may wish to call United Way of Dane County 2-1-1 or 608-246-4357. Help is available 24 hours a day seven days a week for information about community resources. 

Those coming to the Food Pantry are invited to choose food based on what is available and the amount received is based on the size of the household.

If you would like to make donations of food for our food pantry, please contact Karen Andro, Director of Outreach Ministries at 608-338-0320. Our greatest need items include grocery bags, fresh fruit, vegetables, canned tuna, soup and soup mixes.

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Community Meals

For more than 30 years, our congregation has offered community holiday meals. We host meals on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. 

Porchlight Shelter Meal

Our Night at the Shelter is an outreach meal prepared in our church kitchen and served at the men’s shelter at Grace Episcopal Church. A chili mac dinner and pancake breakfast are provided one weekend a month.

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Wednesday Morning Ministries

Every Wednesday, you're invited to gather in Fellowship Hall from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. for a healthy, hearty Community Breakfast in fellowship with others. 

Stay, if you wish, for Come As You Are Worship from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. It's an informal worship service and support gathering.

Also on Wednesdays, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. is Connections to Care, an opportunity to connect with community service providers. 

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Green Team

What is the First Church Green Team?

Creation care and eco-justice concerns are key components of being good stewards. An active leadership team organizes opportunities for individuals, families and our whole congregation to continue learning and working for the conservation and renewal of creation. Using lectures, films and expertise of church members and guests, we learn, teach and act to protect God’s gift of creation.

Will You Join Us?

As a Green Team of faith, we are eager to collaborate with other individuals, churches and organizations. Do not hesitate to contact us with ideas or if we can help in any way. 

Green Team Stewardship Efforts

We know that the rise in carbon dioxide emissions is causing climate change and, consequently, undue hardship – especially to vulnerable populations. Our faith and ethics challenge us to become informed and to advocate for the needed changes to help sustain the world for future generations. The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church state “God has granted us stewardship of creation…” Read More >

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All Means All

First Church became a Reconciling Congregation in 2009. With that designation, we are proud to tell the world we are “open to full participation of all persons, celebrating diversity of race, gender, national origin, religious background and sexual orientation.” Since then, we have been active participants in the effort to bring our LGBTQ+ friends into inclusion within the church. For further information about Reconciling Ministries, click here

The Governing Board of First United Methodist Church unanimously adopted the following policy at a special meeting on Sunday, June 22, 2014:

First United Methodist Church of Madison, Wisconsin, will support and honor the marriages of all couples who are duly prepared and licensed in accordance with state law to be married regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We offer and approve the use of the facilities at 203 Wisconsin Avenue, and we affirm any clergy affiliated with First United Methodist Church who choose to offer pastoral care by celebrating such marriages at this facility or any other facility. We pledge our full support for these clergy who officiate at same sex marriages. This resolution will remain in effect until such time that it or a similar resolution can be brought to a Church Conference for a vote by all members of the congregation.

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International Ministries

God's world spreads beyond Madison, beyond Wisconsin, and, well, into the world. Our International Ministry Team partners with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador by sending groups from our local church on mission trips to build homes and make home improvements in Getsemani and Ahuachapán, El Salvador. On Sunday mornings, you can help this effort without leaving the building by buying fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate. 

In addition, the International Ministry Team works on other issues locally, particularly those involving U.S. immigration reform.

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Emerging Ministries

Addressing racial disparity in Madison. For further information, click here.