Faith Development

At First Church, we have a number of opportunities for spiritual formation and faith development. First Church 101 is where we encourage all of our new members and those who are considering becoming members to begin. This 6 week class will introduce you to the teachings and membership commitments of the United Methodist Church and of First Church. Our next class will begin on Sunday, October 2 from 9:45am-10:45am in the Parlor which is located adjacent to the Chapel in the Office Building.

The Manna and Mercy retreat is the backbone of our church’s theology and the foundation for our six priorities hospitality, inclusive community, diversity, doing justice, asking tough questions, and authenticity. This retreat takes us on a Biblical journey from Genesis to Revelation, teaching us how to read the Bible in life-giving ways. In addition, our children and youth have age-appropriate Manna and Mercy lesson in Sunday school, so the entire family can have a similar faith formation process. Our next retreat will be February 10-12, 2017 and will include a kids’ camp.

Manna and Mercy Discussion Groups are opportunities for further reflection and discussion of themes that are covered in the Manna and Mercy retreat. Discussion groups are formed at the Manna and Mercy retreat and commit to meeting together weekly for at least six weeks after the retreat.

Finally, we have many other opportunities for faith development including the Converge Young Adult weekly discussion group that meets on Tuesday evenings, a Thursday noon Bible study, and a number of Sunday School classes that offer loving community and insightful teaching.

If you have any questions about how you can get plugged in to our faith development path at First Church, contact R.G. Wilson-Lyons at

Click HERE to sign up for First Church 101.


An historic church in the heart of downtown Birmingham, First Church Birmingham is an open place for ALL to worship, grow, and serve. We are a diverse congregation made up of people from all over the Birmingham metro area and beyond.


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First Church Birmingham

518 19th St North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 254-3186


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