First United Methodist Church

Red Wing, Minnesota


First Time Visitor FAQ's

I'm new here...what do I do next?

Q: What time does church start?
A: Our Sunday morning worship experience begins at 9:30 am, Fellowship at 10:30, and Sunday classes at 10:40 am (Sunday classes during the school year only.)

Q: Is there anything for children and teens?
A: Children and teens are always welcome to worship alongside their parents. We also offer a fast and fun, interactive Sunday School. There is also an adult-oriented study for teens. We have committed much of our pastor’s time to family, children and teen ministry because it matters that much to us. We hope we become your child or teen’s favorite place.

Q: Are you easy to find and handicapped accessible? 
A: Yes and yes! We are in downtown Red Wing, and we’re hard to miss us (along with the cluster of other churches in the area!). We are less than a block from city shopping and elder’s apartments, the post office, county seat, the library and other Red Wing stuff. A bus stops in front of the church, and there is abundant free parking on the street and in the public parking garage. We are handicapped accessible—through entry at ground level, elevator and ramps.

Q: Where should I go when I arrive? 
A: If you have questions, ask anyone of our greeters or ushers, and be sure to connect with Pastor Linda. She is eager to help get you and your household connect with God, and with us at Red Wing First, too! Plan to share in worship, adult study, and/or coffee and conversation.

What Do I Do Next?

If you’re new to First UMC—Red Wing, or new to faith and to United Methodism, you may be nervously wondering, what’s next?  What’s next is a free lunch and conversation with the pastor or leaders of the church, and study and discussion of a simple curriculum called “The Five Marks of a Methodist Christian”! Just ask the Pastor, and she will line you up for lunch and give you the short books you need for this important conversation.

Once you attend a service, or connect with the pastor, you’re invited to read “Five Marks” and share conversation with our pastor and lay leadership.

How Do I Join the First UMC Church, Red Wing? What Is the Five Marks Class?

The doorway to membership in our congregation is simply study of a short book by Rev. Steve Harper, entitled Five Marks of a Methodist: The Fruit of a Faith. This concise and compelling summary helps every United Methodist learn and remember the five identifiers that John Wesley set forth in his classic sermon, The Character of a Methodist. A gem of a book, it answers in plain language, "How should United Methodists live?" and provides the people called Methodists with a clear and memorable unifying focus.

As followers of Jesus who reach out to serve their neighbors, United Methodists:

  • Love God
  • Rejoice in God
  • Give thanks
  • Pray always
  • Love others

Each chapter ends with questions for reflection or discussion with our pastors, lay leadership, your spouse or friends.