Our congregation includes people of all ages and stages of life, from newcomers in the community to long-time residents. What unites us is our shared mission:
We, the people of First United Methodist Church in Point Richmond, seek to embody God’s love for all people through our worship and the many ways we nurture and serve our community and world. We welcome everyone and celebrate the ways we differ in age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We preserve and embrace the beautiful diversity of nature. We cooperate with other congregations and organizations to participate in Jesus’ mission of peace, justice, and unconditional love.
Our pastor, Rev. Daniel Charles Damon, has been an inspiring leader in the church and the community since 1995. Combining a degree in Music Education with a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Pastor Dan uses his talents as a hymn writer and musician to enrich the church’s weekly Sunday services. The broader community also enjoys the church’s message through music by attending special programs, like the Christmas Eve Jazz Service and the Father’s Day Jazz Service.
The First United Methodist Church of Point Richmond is, as the name suggests, the first Methodist church established in Richmond. Founded in 1900, it has provided over 100 years of continuous service to the community. Its luminous stained glass windows were crafted in Germany, and the historic wood-paneled sanctuary’s inviting warmth is ideal for worship, concerts and community gatherings.
Members of the congregation volunteer their time and talent, serving on committees that support the church and its mission. A partial list includes the Administrative Board and Officers; the Board of Trustees; the Education, Finance, Missions and Outreach committees. Everyone who wants to participate is encouraged, and new suggestions are welcomed.
In addition to the sanctuary, the church has a Friendship Hall with kitchen and a Peace Garden with a sitting arbor and a labyrinth for meditative walking. We are always searching for ways to push the doors of community a little wider, and we welcome community organizations to meet in our Friendship Hall and our Peace Garden.
Our building is equipped with an audio loop hearing device which is compatible with many hearing aids. See the greeter or an usher to get a personal receiver if you need further hearing assistance.