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

Wednesday, September 21 – 7:00 PM

Safety Plan for Active Shooter Event

Come to the Fellowship Hall to hear a presentation by Deputy James Phelps of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office on how to keep safe in church if there is an ACTIVE SHOOTER event.  Although uncomfortable to think that Active Shooter event might happen in our church, there is an increase in community agencies and churches becoming known targets.  Plans on how to safely prepare for and/or handle an Active Shooter Event will be the focus of Jim’s presentation with time for questions and answers after his talk. The presentation and Q&A will end at 9:00 PM.

Saturday, October 8 – 4:00 – 7:00 PM

The United Women in Faith (formerly known as UMW) is hosting a Brooks Barbecue.

Complete dinners – $15.00 

Half-chickens – $7.00 

The “Blessing of the Animals” will take place at the 8:30 AM Outdoor Chapel service on October 9, 2022.  Bring your family pet.  Does anyone have a goat or baby lamb they could bring to the service?  If so, let George Herrick know, please.

Sunday October 16 –  12:45 PM

The war in Ukraine and the impact of severe weather events such as extreme heat, drought and flooding has dramatically increased the number of hungry people in the world. The funds we raise this year ensure Church World Service (CWS) can continue responding to the growing needs around the world. One-quarter of all funds will be directed to the Anchor Food Pantry and Thrift Store in Castleton. Three-quarters of the funds help support the work of CWS and its partners for hunger relief and development projects in the U.S and around the world. 

Visit Castleton CROP Hunger Walk to register to walk or make a donation. 

Sunday, October 30

Trunk or Treat – Check back for details.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Red Cross Blood Drive at FUMC in East Greenbush.  

CALL 1-800-RED CROSS for an appointment or visit