sometimes we are the answer to someone else's prayer...

At First UMC we are a church that believes our faith is to be lived beyond the walls of any building. We pray for God to work, and then listen to hear God send us. We ask God to work, and then follow when God calls. We live our faith through serving others and sending hundreds of thousands of dollars around the world.

Feed My Starving Children Meal Packing Event

Since 2012, First UMC has partnered with Feed My Starving Children to help feed children in other parts of the world. This event has grown to be one of the most exciting events in Sikeston - with dozens of churches participating, over 1000 local volunteers who pack hundreds of thousands of meals to feed children in the most critical areas in the world. To learn more you can checkout our First UMC partners

UPDATE: Adding 2018 packing event, Sikeston First UMC has packed over 1.6M meals for Feed My Starving Children!

Dominican Republic

For the past seven years, First UMC has been sending mission teams to Dominican Republic to serve churches and communities. While sharing the love of Jesus to everyone they encounter, teams helped build churches, parsonages, funded and built waterworks system that provided much needed clean water for the community and Vacation Bible School for the children. Each year, team members share their own story of how serving in Dominican has made an impact on their life. Rejoice with us as you read the life-changing experiences from the 2018 team members!

Helping others actually has opened my heart and let me love more deeply. I saw God giving me the courage to open-up and share my thoughts and feelings. I have overcome my struggles and feel so much love and compassion from those that were around me. It was so amazing that God gives us the strength to open our heart to share things at just the right time.” – Sandy


For almost 20 years First UMC has partnered with our sister church in Mucocane, Mozambique. We have built a house for their pastor and dug a well so they can have clean water. We have visited them and they literally mobbed us with hugs and welcomes. They pray for us weekly, and we consider them friends, brothers and sisters. They are a part of our much larger church family that reaches around the world!

UMCOR (disaster relief)

UMCOR is the worldwide disaster response ministry of the United Methodist Church. Our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need, because we believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. Where you live should not determine whether you live.

UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.