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First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport Invites All Community Members to Worship

Church practices mission to serve others with a variety of programs

By Livability.com on June 26, 2020

First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, TN
Kingsport / First Broad Street United Methodist Church

Walk through the doors on any Sunday morning at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, and you’re likely to hear laughter from families. Chattering youth head to Sunday School. Retirees engage in conversation over coffee. Beautiful music from the traditional service and upbeat tunes from the contemporary service invite worshipers.

Coming inside the church building to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ motivates congregants to go outside the church to serve others.

You Belong

“There was a place for me right away at FBS,” says Stephanie Cox. A teacher by day, Cox plays clarinet in the church orchestra. Since joining FBS, she has developed friendships and discovered an outlet to express her love of God through music.

Besides musical opportunities, the church is busy all week hosting in-home life groups, wellness classes, Bible studies and Altar Guild volunteers. In addition, discipleship opportunities are available for all ages. Anyone eager to learn can easily find an enriching class or activity to grow in their faith.

Built to Serve

One family with a young son who has cancer moved back to the Kingsport area after being at St. Jude’s [Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis]. They had little means to set up a new home, so the church reached out to help.

“When we heard about this little boy, we knew we had to help,” says Susie Pederson, missions coordinator at FBS. “Through an existing partnership, we provided  furniture, board games and other items for their home.”

Find Your Way Home

First Broad Street is a church home for people from varied backgrounds and experiences, ranging from young children who stay in the church’s child care center to seniors who participate in outings and other fellowship opportunities.

Many church members stay busy volunteering in outreach programs, too. Young families can find a variety of activities for their children, as well as local, national and global opportunities to serve.

“It’s never easy visiting a church for the first time,” says Missy Belote, Minister of Lay Development. “The fact is, there is a place for everyone to fit in and feel comfortable here.”

Learn more at First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

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