Congregational Care Team
We are reconfiguring our Congregational Care ministry – the things we do to help and support each other. We envision several teams that will work together under the Congregational Care umbrella: prayer, cards and notes, meals, and rides. The Path Finder will provide updates and information on how you can serve. Below are 2 upcoming classes that can be used as part of the Congregational Care

Finding Your Bearings

The pandemic and other recent events, with the divisions they have brought, challenge us. We need an internal compass to guide us through disruption and change. Jesus found his bearings by recalling words and stories from the Old Testament. Using James Harnish's book, Finding your Bearings, we will connect Jesus' story with our own.

Please join us for discussion and fellowship by Zoom on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm. Dawn Goellner and Max Plank will be leading. Please click
HERE to let Max know that you will join us and to get the link.

Equity Challenge: 2021
You are invited to a new class!  Come once or come all 8 Sundays, starting this Sunday, from 10:15-11 am in Room 207.  We will use the Washtenaw County United Way's 2021 Equity Challenge ( ) to better understand bias, prejudice, privilege and oppression.
Topics include:
Racial socialization and forming your racial identity,
Understanding and reflecting on our bias
Intersectionality and privilege
Difficult conversations and how to have them,
ALICE (Asset-Limited,  Income-Constrained, Employed) lives in Washtenaw County
Housing affordability and homelessness
Racism is a public health crisis

You can join any time - Praying As You Can (not as you can’t)
Come check it out! 
Week One:  praying by moving our bodies.
Week Two:  praying with our eyes and ears.
Week Three:  praying with our imaginations.
Week Four:  praying using our minds.
Facilitated by Lisa Gray-Lion. Each an hour and a quarter long at church are offered on Tuesday afternoons from 1-2:15 pm (Oct 5, Oct 12, & Oct 19).  The sessions are repeated on Wednesday evenings at church from 7-8:15 pm (Oct 6, Oct 13, & Oct 20).  Call the church office to sign up.

Men's Fellowship Group
Chelsea First UMC 2021 Conversation and Reflections Series Topic: The Love of God is the Source of all Truth? Saturday, October 16, from 8 – 9:30 am in room 207. Lite breakfast snack provided. Hosted by: Tom Drinkwater, Tom Davis, and Rob Long.

Two Day Men's Event
BIRMINGHAM FIRST Nov. 5-6, 2021, Friday, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm $55 for in-person participants, including meals $25 for online-only participants Learn More: FUMCBIRMINGHAM.ORG/MENS-EVENT or click
HERE to see flyer. Rev. Rodney Gasaway is one of the speakers.

Other Groups Meeting at this time


Material girls began in February 2012 to make gifts for the Children’s Christmas Bazaar, held during Hometown Holidays. Since that time, four additional bazaars have been added to their schedule. The Thursday before the Children’s Christmas Bazaar, they will host a bazaar for children and youth with special needs. On Sunday, following the two bazaars, the congregation will be able to shop between worship services and at night before/after the Hometown Holiday Concerts. During the Community Breakfast, families participating in the paper products program will be invited to shop at no cost.
 Additionally, the group often makes short-term projects for the church or supported charities. 
The Purpose Statement for Materials Girls:

  • Material Girls is an organization for women who strive to serve God by serving others. All women are warmly welcomed and offered friendship, fellowship, and the opportunity to learn new crafting skills and participate in meaningful mission activities.

  • Material Girls will make gifts and will help organize four shopping opportunities during the first two weeks in December

  • Material Girls will use bazaar profits to support Faith In Action.

If you are interested in more information about Material Girls please email Kelly Stoker 
Check out an article about the Material Girls in the Chelsea Update CLICK HERE

ADULT GROUPS - the groups below are not meeting at this time of COVID. Please check back for updates.


Please CLICK HERE to learn about Adult Music Ensembles

Friends 65+
Discussions of articles of interest to members. Light refreshments are served. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Pastor Joy HERE

Mothers of children, birth-kindergarten, meet every other Friday (September-May) from 9-11 am. Meetings include breakfast, speakers, discussion, crafts, and activities that seek to meet the unique needs of mothers of young children. MOPS is an international, interdenominational Christian group that welcomes all moms in the greater Chelsea area. While moms are meeting, trained and loving MOPPETS caregivers provide stories, crafts, and playtime for their children.  

Mission of MOPS:
To encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.
MOPS exists for every mom - urban, suburban, and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single, and married moms - moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!

For More Information:
For more information about Chelsea MOPS, including meeting dates and registration forms, please visit the Chelsea MOPS website at