Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Sylva!

At Sylva FUMC, our mission is to experience Christ... and offer Christ to others!

Right now, we are following Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves by practicing social distancing and staying at home as much as possible.  We want to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  However - that doesn't prevent us from spreading the love and grace of Christ!

Our church office is now "by appointment only."  But - our staff is still here to serve you!  Please call (828-586-2358) or email us anytime.

Our Sunday worship is now via livestream at 10am.  But - that doesn't mean we don't feel your presence as we worship!  Join us via Facebook or YouTube and be ready to participate using the comments.

Our missions and service opportunities are now done at a safe 6-foot distance.  But - we are still committed to serving those in need in any way possible.  In particular, Sylva First UMC is supporting feeding ministries in Jackson County.  If you have a need or would like to know how you can help, please contact Pastor Mary.

And you can continue to keep up with your tithes and offerings.  Make use of our online giving portal or mail checks to P.O. Box 296 Sylva, NC 28779.  As much of our lives are disrupted, keeping up with our spiritual disciplines - like giving - is important to our walk with Christ.  And as the ministries of our church are more crucial than ever, we appreciate your support in continuing to work for Christ in and around Jackson County.

  • Thanks to everyone who participated in tonight’s “Faith Lab” on fasting - via Zoom! Next Wednesday at 6 we’ll try and discuss the practice of contemplative prayer. Stay tuned to Facebook and email for the online location 🙂
  • A virtual hello from your Sylva FUMC staff! We just finished our Monday morning meeting via Zoom. Our office is now “by appointment only” but we are all here to help - please don’t hesitate to call or email. We love hearing from you!
  • Tomorrow at 10am, join us on our Facebook page for livestream worship. We’ll enjoy an organ prelude, a song from our praise band, prayer, and a message about how Jesus crossed social boundaries to reach people. Join us and be ready to interact! We’ll ask for prayer requests like last week, but also want you to be ready to share some ways you’re
  • Faith LAB: Fasting - this Wednesday at 6pm. Join us as we reflect on fasting as a spiritual discipline! To participate, plan to fast in some form on Wednesday before we meet. A traditional practice is to fast from after dinner on Tuesday through 3pm on Wednesday. In lieu of meal times, spend time in prayer. Every time you're hungry, think of Deuteronomy
  • Tomorrow is the fifth Sunday of Lent... and also the third Sunday of worship via Facebook live. 🙂 Plan to tune in with us at 10am! You can be ready to interact with us by: bringing prayer requests to share; thinking about how you’re finding space for prayer in changing rhythms; and making your offering at https://onrealm.org/sylvafumc/-/give/now “See” you tomorrow!
  • For those of you who regularly stop by our offices - the hallway is getting a fresh coat of paint today! We’re on a “by appointment protocol” only now but we’ll looking forward to the day when y’all get to see this in person.
  • Join us tomorrow (Wednesday 4/1) at 6pm for the final "Faith Lab," where we'll try several approaches to Christian meditation, including passage meditation, centering prayer, and silent prayer. Each one will be short (1 - 5 minutes) and designed to give you a taste of what this quiet, listening approach to prayer is like. If your soul is craving peace, space to reflect,
  • A few scenes from our livestream worship yesterday at 10am. Missed it? We’ve got the video posted on our website, along with this week’s daily suggested Scripture readings. Link in bio.
  • I spent the afternoon placing Easter “eggs” in the windows of businesses in  #downtownsylva . I am typically planning an egg hunt or Easter gathering. This definitely doesn’t replace an egg hunt, but perhaps could spread some joy! The idea is similar to the other scavenger hunts you’ve seen. Count the eggs as you find them! I have extra copies if you’d like to