First United Methodist Church is blessed to have a large facility for ministry. We have over 90,000 square feet to maintain!  The building provides opportunities for worship, discipleship and many opportunities to relieve suffering. Many community groups use the facility including AA and NA groups, Lancaster Recovery Sangha, Anchor Lancaster, American Home Life International, Bible study groups, prayer groups, and other missionary organizations.   We even share worship space on Sunday Morning with The Church of Pentecost, a local church plant that holds service from 9:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. in our chapel.

First Church rents space to individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses.

Email the Facility Director to find out about the opportunities to rent.


Church Related Events and Meetings

Church committees and church activities need to have their events placed on the main church calendar.  This ensures that your group is provided the space and support you need to hold your activities.  Please be advised that each new calendar year, the church group needs to re-submit a request for their ongoing events and meetings.  

Rental Information

First United Methodist Church has affordable, comfortable, functional spaces for rent for daily, evening, weekend, weekly or longer-term rental.  We have spaces for all occasions - events, parties, receptions, classes, meetings, exhibits, recovery groups, musical rehearsals and performances, etc. We rent to individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses.

Interested in renting space at First United Methodist Church? Email the Facility Director to set a time to visit the spaces you are interested in renting.   Also download a copy of the rental rates.  

Please note that weekends events and after hours will include a charge to cover the custodian.

The schedule of staff coverage is made at a month in advance.  Please schedule your events early to ensure the space is available and that staff is available. 

Click here for rental rates. 

First United Methodist Church Facilities Scheduling Policy : Rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Reserve and Rent early so that your group has the preferred space on the needed date/time.  You will also sign a user agreement, submit a non-refundable down deposit and must agree with the terms before renting.

Contact information for the First Church Facility Director:


Maintenance Team

FUMC is blessed with a 90,000 square foot building to hold all of its ministries.  The building is used heavily and is always in need of maintenance.  Since 2014 a small group of volunteers has been working hard to improve and maintain the building.  They have repainted rooms, replaced toilet valves, cleaned windows, cleaned air vents, re-organized keys, replaced hundreds of burnt out lights, replaced ceiling tiles and repaired many doors and windows. 

The group is made up of men and women.  They are always looking for individuals who feel called to help with maintaining the building.

The group has two requirements for membership in the First Church Maintenance Team: You must agree to work at least 6 out of the 12 monthly days each year and contribute $100 each year to their fund.  The fund is separate from the budgeted maintenance line items and requires no further approvals for purchases. 

The First Church Maintenance Team is an open group and they welcome anyone who will accept the two requirements.  For more information, call Kent Kroehler (717-569-5807) or email him at

2024 Holiday/Building Closure Schedule

Building closed to all activities, Anchor Lancaster will run


Monday, January 1, 2024 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 15, 2024 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Friday, March 29, 2024 – Good Friday

Monday, May 27, 2024 – Memorial Day

Thursday, July 4, 2024 – Independence Day

Monday, September 2, 2024 – Labor Day

Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, 2024 – Thanksgiving

Wednesday and Thursday, December 25-26, 2024 – Christmas