First United Methodist Church, 23 Clawson Avenue, Old Bisbee, has been awarded the Marshall Lindsay Award by the United Methodist Desert Southwest Annual Conference. This award exemplifies the best witness of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The special award recognizes the congregations for achievement in vital and faithful church multiplication. This award is named in honor of the ministry and witness of Rev. Marshall Lindsay. The churches will be recognized for excellence that reflects the courageous servant ministry of Rev. Marshall Lindsay.
In the past 12 months, First Church has distributed 2,000 meals to those in need through their Hope and Beyond Emergency Food Pantry. The Pantry is located in the church office, and serves anyone who comes and asks for help. Pastor Michele Kelley states that the church tries to provide emergency meals for individuals and families who need help with food before the next paycheck, or food stamp day, or the next
unemployment check. “We also help those without homes, the transient population, and in some instances, we’ve been able to provide hygiene products, laundry soap, even adult diapers,” said Pastor
During the winter months (November to March) First Church provides a hot meal of soup and bread on Friday nights. Everyone who is hungry is invited, and no one is turned away.
The universal Methodist Church has a 200 year history of social responsibility. First United Methodist Church in Old Bisbee has been serving the needs of Bisbee residents for 125 years (since 1888), the
last 112 at their present location across from the old High School on Clawson Avenue.
Church services are 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning and Bible Study is held on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m.
The church office and food pantry is open on Tuesday, noon to 2:00 p.m. The church is open to visitors and tourists during the week. The church historian, Mr. Isaiah Creekwater, is available for tours. Call Pastor Kelley at 520-227-9823.