We Exist to engage The City of Atlanta and Beyond

The United Methodist Church has a long history of advocating for social justice. John Wesley and the early Methodists expressed their opposition to societal ills such as slavery, inhumane prison conditions, alcohol abuse, and child labor. Today, Atlanta First’s engage ministries organize to promote climate justice and protect civil and human rights for all people, with special attention given to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class.

Vote And Be A Voting Advocate

The United Methodist Church affirms the right to vote for all as a basic human right. According to our Social Principles:

“We hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections…The form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guaranteed to all adult citizens.” (2016 Book of Discipline, Paragraph 164a “Basic Freedoms and Human Rights.”)

Need to register to vote or check your registration status, request an absentee ballot, find a polling location, or even request a ride to the polls visit newgeorgiaproject.org/voter-resources.

Opportunities to engage with Your Atlanta First Family

Communion in the Community
Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location Changes Week-to-Week

Maybe you’ve thought to yourself, “I wish I could have lunch with a pastor. I need to ask them something about Leviticus 3:16.” Maybe you haven’t been able to make it into Sunday worship in quite a while, but you’d like to take communion on your lunch break. Do we have the opportunity for you! Atlanta First UMC will have community office hours weekly on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. It’s your opportunity to have an “Ask Me Anything” with one of our pastors, to share a quick bite before you have to run back from lunch, and communion will be available if you would like it.

Look for Pastor Chris this week: he’ll be the bald guy with the laptop sticker that says “I’m a Pastor. Want to Chat?” We will be at Truist Plaza Food Court (303 Peachtree Center Ave., right down the street from Atlanta First.)

Atlanta Streets Alive
Sunday, July 28, 1-5 p.m.

Once a month during the summer time, Peachtree Street is closed to all automobile traffic and opened up to pedestrians and bicycles for Atlanta Streets Alive. The event opens streets for people by taking cars out of the equation for an afternoon to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. Atlanta Streets Alive is a program inspired by open streets projects all over the world. Bring your bicycle or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way!

The next event is Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. EDT. Since the front doors of Atlanta First UMC are on Peachtree Street, this is a perfect opportunity for community outreach to engage with the city of Atlanta. We will open the doors of the church and offer water bottles and hospitality to those who walk by. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Associate Pastor Chris Rapko (chrisr@atlantafirstumc.org) if you are interested in participating.

Oakland Cemetery Guided Audio Tour

Atlanta First United Methodist Church’s 175th Anniversary Committee presents this guided video/audio tour of Oakland Cemetery, featuring members/associates of the church buried within the historic grounds. Below you will find a downloadable map of the cemetery and the video of the guided tour. We hope you enjoy your walk through the history of our church and our city!

Ministry Partners

Get connected to engage: e-mail engage@atlantafirstumc.org if you have questions or suggestions for events, if you’d like more information on how to attend or help with events and hospitality.