Who We Are

Seattle’s first church, caring for the needs of the city since 1853.

First Church is an open and affirming community in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

As a congregation of the United Methodist Church, we affirm that our mission is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This mission has its roots in the Bible (Matthew 25 and 28) and contains the distinctively United Methodist emphasis on “transforming the world.” United Methodists have been leaders for over 200 years in establishment of hospitals, colleges, and social service agencies that make life better.

We believe that every disciple’s objective is to make the world a better place, and we put that in practice in our congregation’s Core Process statement: “Love, Grow, Serve” that describes just what a disciple does.


At First Church, all people are welcome regardless of race, class, economic background, or sexual orientation.

We are proud to belong to the Reconciling Ministries Network. We accept members of all sexual orientations and gender identities into our congregation and support their full inclusion in every aspect of church life.

First Church affirms the dignity and sacredness of every person and seeks to love unconditionally. Our welcome has no limits. We invite all to love, grow, and serve with us at First Church.


Here’s a simple affirmation of faith that describes our understanding of God:

We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

See The United Methodist Hymnal, p. 881-889, for this and other affirmations of faith.