Who are we?

First UMC is the oldest church in Sikeston, and one of the oldest West of the Mississippi. We began meeting in a boxcar, had the church with "the columns" (the iconic symbol of downtown Sikeston), we met in the Rex Theatre and now are on the North Side of Sikeston (where Kingshighway & Main Street meet).

We are a church that has been around almost 150 years, and yet continues to re-imagine itself to reach new generations. We are a community of deeply committed Christ followers who are focused on being a church that focuses outside the walls of the church. We see God most clearly when we step outside of our comfort zone to the place of faith. And we would love for you to join us!

Five Practices

Our mission at First UMC is to lead people in new life with Jesus. This is primarily about a relationship, a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And we believe the clearest way to cultivate that relationship and to see our faith, isn't in what we say but in how we live.

Unlike churches which spend a lot of energy focusing on doctrines and dogma, we tend to focus on 5 Practices (or 5 habits) that help us grow in new life with Jesus: Worship, Grow, Serve, Give & Invite.

You can learn more about them here!


To become a member of First UMC we ask you to attend Discover First to learn more about the church, and then we ask you to support the mission of First UMC through 5 Practices:

  1. To attend worship weekly unless we are sick or out of town;
  2. To grow in faith through personal prayer and meet with a spiritual growth group;
  3. To give a tithe (or if that is not possible at this moment to give in proportion of our income and be actively working towards tithing);
  4. To serve regularly (at least quarterly) outside the walls of the church in missions and inside the church through ministry teams; and
  5. To frequently (at least monthly) invite someone who isn’t actively involved in a church to worship at First UMC.


First UMC is led by the Church Council. The primary purpose of Church Council is to provide vision, support and accountability for the mission of the church. As members of Church Council we commit to this covenant...

  • We will honor God in our lives, and GROW in holiness to become more like Christ.
  • We will uphold the same PRACTICES that we expect our members to uphold.
  • We will PRAY for the pastors and staff of First UMC. We will be actively seeking the Holy Spirit to lead us and the mission of the church.
  • We will ENCOURAGE each other, and treat one another with respect and Christian love. We will not gossip about or criticize each other with others, and we will respect the confidentiality of our conversations.
  • We will be HONEST with each other and speak truth in love, even when it may be difficult. If we have an idea or a question or a concern, we will speak up.
  • We will see ourselves as a TEAM working together to lead people in new life with Jesus.
  • We will view ourselves as LEADERS and intentionally focus on growing the next generation of leaders. We will constantly lead the church forward to new possibilities and relevance in always changing world.
  • We will put the good of the MISSION of the church ahead of our personal ministry areas.
  • We will give our BEST to God through our talents, creativity and work.