We know that there is some information that all parents are seeking when it comes to sending their child to church. Below you can find directions to each of the different children’s ministry areas as well as information about our Safe Sanctuary policy.

The nursery can be found in the Education Building directly across from the Welcome Center. When entering from the back parking lot, it is immediately to your left upon entering the Education Building. When entering through the courtyard doors, it is on your right. Click HERE for details about bringing your child to the nursery.

The Elementary children’s ministry area can be found on the second floor of the Education Building. It can be accessed by the center stairs near the Welcome Center or by the elevator in the same location.

First Church is a Safe Sanctuary Church


Because we believe that Jesus taught us to care especially for all children and youth, First Church, as part of the United Methodist Church Safe Sanctuaries program, is committed to the practice of safe supervision. Our Safe Sanctuary policy sets standards for the supervision of First Church children, youth, and vulnerable adults in our care. Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, we have adopted detailed policies for the prevention of neglect and abuse.


As a Christian community of faith, we at First Church pledge to conduct the ministry of the gospel in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all children, youth, and vulnerable adults and those who minister to them.


Contact Linda Thorne for more information at

Background Screening Instructions for Volunteers


All individuals who wish to volunteer with the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham are required to undergo a criminal background check before serving within any facility.


In order to submit the information needed to process your background check, please follow the instructions outlined below:


1. Visit and choose the “Get Checked” tab.


2. Enter the Organizational Referral Code: firstchurchbhm


3. Complete and submit the requested information.


You will have an option to request a copy of your completed report when submitting your request.  Please allow 48-72 hours for completion.


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.


                  You are welcome here!


First Church Birmingham

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


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