300 East Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-4681

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No matter what your interests are, you’ll find a group to belong to at First Wayne Street. FWS has groups for young children, grade school kids, junior & senior high schoolers, and adults of every age.

We have Sunday School classes for every age group, including adults. Our Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry offer both routine and special events, either just for kids or for the whole family. Children under 3 are welcomed, cared for, and entertained in our Nursery.

Young adults are welcome to join our DisciplesHIP group, and our Boomerang Group (for “Boomer-ish” aged folks) hosts regular activities both at the church and on “field trips” around the Fort Wayne area.

Our Gather program is something really special: offered on most Wednesday nights from fall through spring, Gather includes a community dinner in Fellowship Hall, and evening classes.

FWS is also home to an active branch of the United Methodist Women and a Stephen Ministry group. In addition, many of our members love being a part of the music program at FWS, singing in either the Praise Team or Sanctuary Choir (or both, if you’re so inclined!), playing handbells, or playing an instrument (either with the Praise Team or on special occasions on an as-needed basis).

Sunday Bulletin

April 24, 2022

You can stream our worship service on YouTube at 10 a.m. Sundays.

Worship service


Call to Worship

Opening hymn — “O God, Beyond all Praising”

Morning prayer

Scripture — John 20:19-23

Special music — “Lord, For Thy Tender Mercies Sake”

Message — the Rev. Angelo Mante

Closing hymn

Events and programs

April outreach focus
The months outreach focus is Alive Community Outreach. Alive Community Outreach has a mission to cultivate a community of nonviolence through relationships and education. We support families affected by violence and educate youth and youth-serving organizations in nonviolence and conflict transformation. Now more than ever we must equip our next generation with skills to navigate conflicts peacefully and a framework for transforming the underlying conditions that continue to produce violence. Together, we can build a Beloved Community free from the cycle of violence.

Youth and family bowling event
Enjoy an afternoon of fun with First Wayne Street. Youth, children, and families are invited to join us at Georgetown Entertainment on April 24. This outing is an opportunity to have fun and enjoy fellowship with our youth and children’s ministries. The cost of shoe rental, lanes, and snacks will be covered. Contact Kim Truesdell with any questions.

Rummage sale
We are now collecting items for our annual rummage sale! Items can be dropped off during normal church office hours and on Sundays.

Gather is back. Join us Wednesday night for food, fellowship, worship, Bible study and more! Dinner is served from 5-6pm. Children’s ministry begins at 5:45 pm, with opportunities for youth and adults beginning at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday night!

Connecting and serving

Children’s Ministry – Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? Come our Children’s Ministry Sunday School team! No experience necessary – just a heart to serve.

Serving Opportunities – Looking for an opportunity to serve? There are several ministries here at FWSUMC that would love to have you on the team.

To find out more, contact Audra at areinders@fwsumc.org.


At First Wayne Street, we like to say that our 10 am Sunday morning service is a “fusion” of modern and traditional worship, appealing to people from all generations and all walks of life. Each service includes comforting, familiar words and prayers and refreshing new expressions of our faith, as well as contemporary and classical music. There are few easy answers to life’s big questions. We…

Sunday School

Choose the class that’s best for you • Introduce yourself to the teacher • Open your heart to new conversations We understand that you might be looking for more in your church experience than weekly service. Through Sunday school, adults and children can explore the life and teachings of Jesus in a safe, open, and encouraging environment. Classes are offered at 9…


First Wayne Street offers many activities for members and the wider Fort Wayne community. Adult groups are open to members and non-members.  If you would like to know more about these and other activities at First Wayne Street, please contact the church office at 260-422-4681 for more details about our offerings. Each group welcomes anyone and everyone. In addition to the groups listed below, First…

Children and Youth

We believe that church should be a place where young people are loved, valued, and want to come to learn about Jesus. We believe it should be a place where kids grow in faith, make friends, and have fun. First Wayne Street offers a unique opportunity for children, youth and their families. Our downtown location draws young people from all of Allen…

Wednesday Night Programs

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” — Matthew 18:20 Church is not just about a building. It’s about the connections — with God, the people, and the community. We want to help you make those connections with our winter programming. Join us for Gather and enjoy fellowship, worship, and an opportunity…