Welcome home to a place in downtown Peoria where you can connect and grow


We're practicing digital nearness in a time of social distancing. We want to stay in touch with you in the best way possible, so if you watch one of our online broadcasts, would you be so kind to let us know you're here? Just click the button below and check in. Feel free to add prayer requests or any other comments.

Worship Broadcasts

Join us here for the broadcasts of our Sunday morning worship events.
Traditional Service will broadcast at 8:30 |
Renew (Contemporary) will broadcast at 9:45 | Renuevo (bi-lingual) will broadcast at 11:15 |If you would like to join us for traditional worship at 11, we encourage you to view the archived broadcast from the 8:30 service.

Focus Virtual Experience

The  restrictions on public gatherings continue to inspire creative solutions. This summer, our annual 6 Ways 2 Praise Fine Arts Camp  has combined with  Vacation Bible School to offer Focus: A Virtual Experience. 

Zoom Classes & Groups

We offer Zoom classes and small groups throughout the week. Adult Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM, Pastor’s Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM, and several small groups. If you would like to participate, please click the response button below and we will send you an invitation. If your small group would like to use Zoom to meet, you can also use the contact form and we will help you set that up.

Story Time with Ms. Sue

We have a special place for our youngest, and youngest at heart. Join us on our Wee Bitties page for these special broadcasts. And, be sure to have your thumbs up!


Hear our latest podcasts - including the new ones dealing with the stories of our responses to the COVID-19 crisis, by visiting our Media page.



Traditional Worship

Renew (contemporary) Worship

Renuevo Bilingual Worship

Now Available In Digital Format for All Platforms


We're back with another edition of  the fresh, new digital version of our historic publication, The Herald. Due to the required shutdown, we have transitioned to a digital format on this website. We will also be printing the articles in a simple, text-only format for the few unable to take advantage of the digital version. Once the restrictions on gathering end, we will maintain this fresh new digital version, while also resuming an attractive print version available at the usual locations on our main campus. The digital version is optimized for all platforms, whether you are viewing on a computer, tablet, or phone.

Cancellations and Postponements

All Sunday morning activities, including worship services, and all events at First United Methodist Church of Peoria, continue to be canceled until restrictions have been lifted. We invite you to join us here on our website, or on Facebook Live for a special online broadcast of our worship services. Watch this spot for details on when we will be able to reinstate our normal calendar of activities.

Responding to COVID-19

Click the button below to see our most recent official response to COVID-19

Get Help

We've had to severely modify the way we do benevolence ministries here due to the Coronavirus threat. If you are in need of help at this time, we recommend you call 211, or go to their website by clicking below. Assistance may be available.


Though we are not able to meet publicly at this time, our expenses continue. If you are able to give, your offerings assure that our work for Jesus will continue strong long after the present day threat has passed.

Winter Harvest

Please do not bring your Winter Harvest offerings to the church during this time of social distancing. We will collect these after we are given the all-clear to return to public meetings. In the meantime, keep collecting those coins!

Stay In Touch

Our monthly publication, The Herald, is available as a pdf download by clicking below. You'll be updated on where things stand with our ministry work, plus you'll receive encouragement and hope from our pastors. If you do not receive our weekly email news updates, eHighlights, you can sign up by visiting the page linked here:


Heart of Illinois Volunteers is helping during central Illinois' evolving needs during the COVID-19 containment. Volunteering opportunities to help those in our community impacted by coronavirus measures can be found by clicking the button below. For those interested in delivering meals, please review the volunteer listing to follow safety precautions.

be patient
take courage
don't grumble

CHANGE the way you face your CHALLENGES

We're pleased to tell you that Greg Fish's new book is being released earlier than expected due to the power of the message for the time that we are in. Beginning May 24, we will start a new sermon series that will loosely follow the book. A few Sunday School classes and small groups will be following this series as well. You may purchase an advance pdf version of the book now at for just $5. Due to the early release, there will be a slight delay before print copies are available. If you cannot afford the pdf, use the contact form on Greg's site to request a free copy.

We're easy to find in Downtown Peoria

Set your GPS: 116 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL
We're in walking distance to the Convention Center, Peoria Public Library, the Federal Building and even a great little coffee shop.

"I believe you'll find us to be a place where you can find the love and grace of Jesus, and the encouragement of a church family and friends. This is a place where we are all challenged to make a difference."

Rev. Dr. Tim Ozment, Directing Pastor

Click on any of these panels to begin your tour of the ministry opportunities and groups available here at FUMC.

Go HIGHER with the many worship opportunities at First.
It's here you'll explore the different worship services available here at FUMC, including our traditional, Renew (contemporary), Renuevo (bilingual), and Alive (Loaves & Fish) services.
We're going WIDER, beyond the walls of the church.
Click here to learn more about the Foster Gallery, Loaves & Fish, our missions work, Buddy Ministries, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
Getting CLOSER means learning to care.
This page will introduce you to caring ministries such as GriefShare, Mommy Moments, Caring Hearts, and Neutral Grounds.
Go DEEPER with opportunities to connect with others.
Check this section out for details on our small groups ministry, Sunday School, our library, Kids Ministry, and Youth Ministry.



Here's another great way you can connect with the heart of our ministry. These are the stories that bring the facts and figures of our work to life. New episodes will be added nearly every week, and perhaps more often if needed. Please subscribe to Stories from the 116 on Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Spotify, or Podbean. You may also listen to the podcasts here by clicking the link below. Please review and rate our podcast (hopefully with a high rating!), and also share them on your social media accounts. 

Music at First

Music is an important part of our DNA at First. Join us here to find out what is coming up and how to get involved with our excellent music programing.

The Foster Gallery

The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts was established to nurture mutual understanding and appreciation of the connection between art and faith, and to develop and strengthen relationships between artists, the community, and the church.

Our Missions Strategy

Starting with the transformation of our own community, we stretch our hands out across the world to be a part of sharing the Good News and resourcing communities around the world.

Forms, Reports, & Church Calendar

Here's your convenient connection to forms you might need to connect with specific areas of our ministry work and our church calendar. You'll also find pdf downloads of reports and information that enhance your encounters with our various areas of ministry.


We have a mission and a ministry that is strengthened by the generous gifts of our people. Click here to learn about our giving options, including convenient digital giving.

The Herald

Check out our monthly print publication, The Herald, for stories about the heart of our ministry work together. Click this page to download the digital pdf version.


If you are in need of assistance, click here to find out about the services we provide and information about other resources for help.