First United Methodist Church
of East Greenbush


We recognize that people come through our doors for many reasons. Some may come with family or friends, others are new to the community and are looking for a church home; and some may be seeking comfort and guidance during a time of trouble or concern.

Whatever brought you to us, we are thankful and we want you to know that our hearts, our minds and our doors are always open and that all are welcome in God’s house.

stick forming cross and house with a red heart inside.
Chapel in the Woods

Worship Services

Early worship services are Sundays at 8:30 AM.
Services are held in the Chapel in the Woods, weather permitting. During inclement weather, services are held inside the church.

Our traditional service  is at 9:30 AM. Due to COVID-19, we are taking extra precautions for those wishing to attend in person.  You may watch the service on Facebook Live. You can also watch a recording of the service on Worship Service FUMCEG-YouTube. A video of the service will be uploaded to YouTube each week and should be available on Sunday afternoons. 

What to Expect

Worship Service

The 9:30 a.m. traditional service is about an hour long.


A nursery for infants and young children is available.


There is a large parking lot for off-street parking.


Some people get dressed up and others wear jeans.

Church Events

Turning Leaf Coffee House

Friday:  September 17   6:30 PM

We welcome you to the Turning Leaf Coffee House Friday, September 17th at 6:30 to be held in the well ventilated, breezy Fellowship Hall due to possible rain.  Bring your folding chair, mask, a food donation to CoNSERNS U and an attitude of fun…the Mistress of Chatter has some new jokes to try out. .  Coffee and snacks will be available as will a great variety of acts.  Hope to see you Friday!

Fall Thrift Sale

Friday, September 24   5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 25  9:00 AM -Noon

The UMW is having a Fall Thrift Sale! We will be accepting donations from Sunday, September 19 until Wednesday, September 22.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS and get ready for the FALL THRIFT SALE.

Recycling Drive

Sunday – September 26

We will be recycling Styrofoam, batteries and prescription pill bottles. Batteries must be clean. If they are leaking or corroded, please throw them in the garbage. Styrofoam must be clean with tape and staples removed. Styrofoam used for packaging is accepted, but that used for food or drink products is not. Peanuts are accepted. Note that some packing and peanuts look similar to Styrofoam but are a different type of plastic material that is not able to be recycled. Please check questionable material with us when you bring it on the 26th.

Prescription bottles that we collect will be sent to developing countries. Acceptable collection items include both large and small prescription bottles, with and without secure caps (child-resistant). We are not collecting bottles for over the counter medicines. Please remove the labels, leaving no glue or residue, wash bottles in very hot water and dish soap, rinse and dry thoroughly and replace the lids. If you cannot remove the label, please place the bottle in single-stream recycling. If you have unused meds, the DEA announces that it will hold a National Prescription Drug Take Back on Saturday, October 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The collection sites have not been announced. We will list them in our church bulletins in October.

Batteries and prescription pill bottles may also be deposited in their collection bins in the church lobby at any time.

Crop Walk

Sunday, October 17  12:45 PM

The Castleton Hunger Crop Walk will be held on October 17. We will meet in the parking lot on Boltwood Avenue behind Riverside Nursing Home. We will start with a prayer and picture and set out on the 3.2 mile walk. There will also be a 1 mile walk. One quarter of donations raised from the Hunger Crop Walk is directed to the Anchor Food Pantry in Castleton. The rest supports Church World Service programs. CWS programs serve vulnerable populations in the United States and across the world, including distributing information about the COVID-19 virus, responding to requests for food and hygiene supplies and providing cash grants to families with urgent needs for medicine, housing, internet connectivity, and more. In the U.S., they provide a continuum of services to newly-arrived refugees, migrant farm workers and asylum seekers. Please commit to joining the walk by registering.

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