We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30am and 10:30am. Please click here to find out more about who we are. We are located at 1660 Arbor Way in Turlock. You can contact our church office at 209-668-3000 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or LIKE us on Facebook.

The First United Methodist Church of Turlock is a vibrant & caring church community where young and old can grow in faith and love. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, we welcome you!

Although we have a rich history here in Turlock, we are an active congregation of more than 250 people working and living in Stanislaus County. We continually strive to be a place where people discover the strength and presence of God in their lives. Our facility is “home base” for several 12 step groups, and community organizations such as Boy Scout Troop 451, two Girl Scout troops, and the Friends of the Turlock Library. That’s because as we reach up to God, we cannot help but to reach out to the community around us. In big and small ways, we attempt to do this everyday.

The purpose of the First United Methodist Church, Turlock is to Grow, Serve and Celebrate ~ Together in God's Love.


Christmas at FUMC

Christmas is a special time at First United Methodist Church. We have several activities and special services to make the Advent Season meaningful.  

Hanging of the Greens:

Is a time to come together with friends and family to decorate our church facility for the coming Advent Season.  This year we will come together on Sunday, November 23 at 5:00 pm to enjoy a pizza dinner and decorate the church.


United Methodist Woman Christmas Tea:

Our wonderful UMW host a holiday tea and boutique each year on the first Saturday in December.  The Boutique will open at 1:00 pm and the program begins at 2:00 pm.  This year we are blessed to have musical offerings from both Turlock and Pitman High school Choirs.  Table space is limited please contact our church office or Paulette Cooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations.


Annual Children's Program:

Our Sunday School Children present a worship service not to missed. They will tell the story of The First Leon, on Sunday, December 7 at 10:30 am.  The program will feature our students from Pre-school through eigth grade. The worship service will include songs, readings and an inspiring play.


Christmas Celebration:

Following the Annual Children's Program we invite you to a special Fellowship Time in the Social Hall featuring homemade soup for lunch, gingerbread house making, holiday crafts and tasty treats for all in our Social Hall.  


Christmas in Carols:

This is a musical treat for the whole family on Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 pm.  Under the direction of Rebecca Somers the Sanctuary will be filled with wonderful sounds of the season featuring our Chancel Choir and our Exultate` Children's Choir. This is a free performance and open to the community as our gift to you.


Christmas Eve Services:

5:00 pm Service - A time for families to come and worship. The children will enjoy a special children's story with Pastor Joe. We will sing carols and end the service with candlelight

11:00 pm Service - As we gather for this sacred hour of Advent we will share Communion as well as carols. We will conclude the service  with candlelight in celebration of our Savior's birth.