Open Church

Open church is an invitational experience to explore fall opportunities here at Athens First United Methodist Church. We hope you'll come and see all that we have to offer and find new ways to participate in the life of our church.


Fun Gym | 3:30-5:00 p.m., 6:00-7:30 p.m.*
Kids Music and Arts | 4:30-6:00 p.m.*
Passport to Worship | 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night Meals | 5:00-6:30 p.m.*
GPS | 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Engage | 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Adult Small Group Preview | 5:00-6:30 p.m.*
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
*These are drop-in times.


Wednesday Night Meals Preview
Enjoy a sample of our Wednesday Night meals in Hancock Hall anytime from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner is FREE this night, but please register online using the tab below for us to get a head count. Barberitos, Fresh Air BBQ, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, and Weaver D’s will each have samples available. This is the perfect time to preview the fall menu for Wednesday Night Meals. If you would like to volunteer during Open Church, please visit our sign-up page at the tab below. 

Meal Registration

Volunteer Sign-up

Adult Small Group Preview | Discipleship BINGO
This fall we are offering many ways to connect with God and with others through sharing our faith walks and by studying the Bible together. Join in Discipleship BINGO (not your "normal" BINGO in Hancock Hall from 5:00-6:30 p.m. to learn about the numerous small group studies available. There will be a drawing at 6:15 p.m. and prizes for Discipleship BINGO winners. Materials will be available for you to review. Come find the right small group for you this fall! 

Adult Music

  • Sanctuary Choir
    The choir will rehearse on Wednesday, August 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the choir room. New members are welcome as we start a new year of music making. Auditions are not required for the sanctuary choir.
  • Chamber Ensemble
    The ensemble will rehearse on Wednesday, August 23, from 8:00-8:30 p.m. in the choir room. 

Engage | Grades 7-12
Engage is our Wednesday evening youth Bible study. We meet in the youth area for food and fellowship at 6:00 p.m., then we have middle school (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12) Bible study until 7:30 p.m.

Route 56 GPS | Grades 5-6
GPS (God's Positioning System) is a small group Bible study designed for students in grades 5-6 to go deeper into the scriptures and learn how these words are His voice in our daily lives. We meet in the Route 56 room 120, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. A light snack is provided.

Passport to Worship | Kindergarten through grade 4
Children in kindergarten through grade 4 are invited to experience “Passport to Worship” in the Sanctuary to see worship behind the scenes with clergy and staff members. 

Kids Music and Arts | Age 3 through Kindergarten
During Open Church, children interested in participating in Kids Music and Arts are invited to drop by their groups' classrooms to meet their teachers and learn about what they will be doing this year. Regular choir rehearsals will begin the following week, August 30. Classes and rooms are listed below.

  • Music Explorers (3 years old) | Room 320
  • Sonshine Choir (4 years old) | Room 325
  • Joy Choir ( Kindergarten) | Room 324
  • Lyric Choir (Grades 1 & 2) | Room 151
  • Lyric Worship Arts (Grades 1 & 2) | Room 301
  • Celebrate Choir (Grades 3 & 4) | Room 151
  • Celebrate Worship Arts (Grades 3 & 4) | Room 301
  • 3s and 4s/Kindergarten Dance | Room 145

Fun Gym
Recreation will be offering Fun Gym on Wednesday nights from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m. for all who are involved in the Wednesday night programs of the church. The purpose of this program is to allow your children time to get out energy as they begin their evening of different programs throughout the church. All children grade 4 and under must be accompanied in the gym by an adult. We will be offering Fun Gym throughout the school year; hope to see you and your children on Wednesday nights!