Our Story

Andover BuildingWho are we?

Formed as a satellite community of First United Methodist Church in 2007, the Andover Campus serves the Andover/Hamburg area of Lexington, Kentucky. We welcome all to join us as we seek after God and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to our community and the world.

Worship. Grow. Serve. 

These three words describe “how” we go about making disciples of Jesus Christ across the street and around the world. Worship is in many ways the front door to the church and the place many people connect with us first. But it doesn’t stop there. While getting into a house is important, we achieve the fuller experience by heading through the door to other places. Growing and serving make up the living room and kitchen areas. These are places where people connect on a deeper level with Christ and each other as we move from sitting around in rows for worship to gathering around tables, tutoring sites, choir rehearsals, finance meetings, mission trips, and so many other places for times of study and service.


How will we know if it is working? 
How do we know if we as a congregation and as individuals are moving in the right direction? Good question. We will regularly attend worship. We will participate in a small group. We will give of our prayers, our presence, our resources, our service, and our witness. We will regularly pray and study.

These activities are means of God’s grace. They provide opportunities for us to come face to face with the life altering presence of Christ. And it is as we commit to trafficking in these spaces God inhabits on a regular basis we become effective followers of Christ. And that is what we are all about!

 

The question for each of us is what is our next step? Where is it that you need to focus in order to grow deeper with Christ? Regardless of whether you frequent Andover or another community, we are committed to helping you grow more in love with Christ. Here is the undeniable fact…as you grow closer to Christ…we grow in fulfilling our mission. So let us know how we can help you take the next step here at First Church. You are why we do what we do!

  • Ready to Worship? Contact Pastor Jim: Jim@1stumc.org
  • Ready to Grow? Contact Randy Greenup: rgreenup@aol.com
  • Ready to Serve? Contact Brad Beach: brad.lbeach@gmail.com