Visiting First United Methodist Church of Honolulu?
Thanks for visiting our website! We hope that you will also consider visiting one of our Sunday worship services:
Due to the uptick in COVID cases and the advisory from Lt. Gov. Josh Green that there be no gatherings for two weeks, we will not have in-person worship on July 25 and August 1. The Tongan Ministry misinale is moved back to August 7. We hope to return to in-person worship on August 8. Mahalo for your understanding – please take precautions and get vaccinated.
When we return to in-person worship, the following will be in effect:
NOTE: WE ARE BACK TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP ON A LIMITED BASIS. TO RESERVE A SEAT AND GET MORE INFORMATION, EMAIL OFFICE@FIRSTUMCHONOLU.ORG OR CALL (808) 522-9555.
HERE IS SOME INFORMATION:
- If you are coming to one of the English language services, please dress casually.
- If you are coming to one of the Tongan language services, we recommend that you dress in the traditional Tongan Way.
GETTING TO THE CHURCH – CLICK HERE for the map and location with a link for directions by car, bus, or on foot.
FUMC is located on Beretania & Victoria
PARKING – We have an underground parking lot on Victoria Street (the street in-between the church and the Honolulu Museum of Art. There is also street parking – no charge at the parking meters on Sundays. You can also park on Beretania Street, just make sure that you do not park directly in front of the church from where a NO PARKING sign is to the corner at Victoria Street.
If you park in the underground lot, you will see a staircase and an elevator. Take either to the first floor. From the staircase, turn right and across the courtyard, you will see the sanctuary. From the elevator, go down the hall and turn left and then you will see the courtyard to the sanctuary.
Our church offices are on the second floor.
Feeding the Homeless
Pancakes and Praise – ON HIATUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; BREAKFAST TO GO AVAILABLE A 8:30 A.M. This is an informal experience consisting of a half-hour service with a praise band, prayers, and a brief sermon. Breakfast is served afterward with pancakes or rice plus breakfast meats and coffee. Most of the participants are in life transition, but we also have several who make this service one of their servant opportunities by being a part of the band, preparing and/or serving the meals.
10:00 a.m. – Main service in English. IN KOMURO HALL AND BY RESERVATION ONLY.
This is a blended service with traditional and contemporary elements. We begin with the traditional Polynesian blowing of a shell, which symbolizes calling the Holy Spirit to be present. We utilize a projector and screen and project lyrics, announcements, and video. Musically, we sing hymns, traditional songs, we have a praise band in mostly the gospel tradition, and have contemplative music. From time to time, we have presentations of dance: hula and sign dance. In short, we try to have a little something for everyone.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE OFFICE FOR UPDATES
ADULT BIBLE STUDY AND YOUTH GROUP – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE OFFICE FOR UPDATES
Bible Study at FUMC
We have Adult Study meets in the second floor office wing library at about 11:30 and goes to 1:00 p.m.. Currently, we are finishing up a study on the Gospel of John.
Youth group meets from about 11:45 in Pastor Tom’s office on the second floor office wing and goes to 1:00 p.m. Mark Brekke is the new youth director.
We hope you can join us!
Pastor Tom Choi is the primary preacher. Learn more about him, CLICK HERE.
Tongan Service at FUMC
The Tongan church tradition has different preachers/speakers at each service, but Pastor Linita U. Moa is the pastor of the Tongan ministry and does preach.
CLICK HERE for a description in Tongan.
- 6:00 a.m. – Prayer service
- 12 noon – Primary worship with choir
- 3:00 p.m. – Afternoon service