Worship and Small Group Activities

Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church

Opportunities to Worship, Learn, Pray, and Enjoy Fellowship at DAUMC!
For more information, contact the church office at (217) 546-4631 or daumc@douglasavenue.org

Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary. 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, with Nursery Care. A Wiggler/Crawler Space at all services provides a live feed of the worship service. KidVenture Sunday School is available at the 10:30 a.m. service.

10:30 a.m. DAUMC Online Worship. Join us on the DAUMC Facebook page or YouTube channel for weekly worship, including music, prayer, and message. Kids will love Small Talk, featuring Laud the Lamb.

Sunday School and Small Groups during the week. On Sunday mornings, remember to “Fuel-Up” at 9:15 a.m. in the lower level Great Hall! Check out these opportunities for people of ALL ages:

KidConnection: Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., meeting in Great Hall for snack, craft, games, and music, including the Al-le-lu’s and JAM Choir! Contact Lauri Clemmer at lauri.clemmer@gmail.com.

Jr./Sr. High Youth Group: Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level Round Room for donuts, conversation, study, games, prayer, and more! Contact Lauri Clemmer at lauri.clemmer@gmail.com or Curtis Brown at revcurtisbrown@gmail.com for more information.

Pray Generously Group: Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in Room 104 (Education Wing) for silence, reflection, sharing, and prayer. Contact Cindy Arnold at cindymarnold@gmail.com for more information.

CrossConnections: Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel/Wiggler/Crawler Space. Everyone is welcome for conversation, reflection, and prayer on the Bible reading for Sunday worship. Contact Pastor Meredith at revmeredithmbrown@gmail.com.

Sunday Morning Book Club: Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 102; currently reading “Curious Faith” by Lore Ferguson Wilbert. Purchase or borrow your own book or e-book wherever you like. Contact Justine Dion for more information at jedion8@gmail.com.

Zephyr Sunday School Class: Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in Room 101 and via video/phone conference, using “Adult Bible Studies” Quarterly as a guide. Please contact Martha LeMay for links or more information at mlemay1651@gmail.com, or call the church office.

Spiritual Seekers Sunday School Class: Sundays at 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact Nancy Rosse at nsrosse65@gmail.com.

KidVenture Sunday School: During 10:30 Worship in the Sanctuary following Small Talk, children are invited to head out with Ms. Lauri, Laud the Lamb, and friends for age-appropriate learning.

GriefShare: Sundays at 11:45 a.m., through March 31, in Room 101 and via Zoom. Video, workbook, and small group sharing for anyone experiencing grief. Learn more and register at griefshare.org/groups/177107, or contact Dorene Kileen at kileen.dorene@yahoo.com, or contact the church office.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via video/phone conference; currently studying the Bible book of Romans, using “Romans” Good News That Changed Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra. To connect with this group, contact the church office or Pastor Meredith at revemeredithmbrown@gmail.com.

“Coffee Hour with Women of Power”: Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. via video/phone conference, using the “2024 United Methodist Disciplines” for study, reflections, and prayer. For more information and links, contact Pastor Meredith or the church office.

“Play/Pray Group”: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Wiggler/Crawler Space at DAUMC (use the entrance on Governor Street). For babies and younger children and their grown-ups. For more information, contact Lauri Clemmer at lauri.clemmer@gmail.com or the church office.



Our Vision, Mission and Beliefs


We are a church of love, acceptance, and graciousness.  We welcome all people, as they are,  with arms wide open.  We work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!

Written by DAUMC Youth Group Member
What do United Methodists believe?  Click here to learn the basics of our faith!

Welcome To Douglas Avenue!

You are God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do good works!  We believe each member of the church is called to minister to others in some way.  Our staff can help  you find your niche.
Meet Our Pastors!
Rev. Meredith Manning Brown – Pastor Meredith joined the DAUMC family on July 1, 2019. She has led a variety of new church planting efforts, pastored through several church revitalization and growth projects, and served in ministry staff positions across the United States. She was lead pastor for the Evergreen Faith Community in Lacey, Washington, an innovative, neighborhood-based, progressive, intergenerational community focused on connecting with people who don’t know, don’t like, or have had enough of church as usual. Meredith is also a musician, and comes to us after serving as interim pastor of Williamsville United Methodist Church (IL). She lives in Springfield with her delightful husband, two active teen-aged daughters, and a lazy housecat.
Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup –  Named an Illinois Woman of tghe Year by USA Today, Pastor Margaret Ann is the Executive Director of Wooden It Be Lovely, the social enterprise ministry she founded at DAUMC. This unique ministry offers hope and employment to single mothers in need. She also serves in covenant with the members of Douglas Avenue. Pastor Margaret Ann graduated in 2014 from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and was Ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in June of 2017. Prior to going to seminary, she was an Oncology and Hospice nurse for 25 years.  
I believe that most women want to help themselves, but opportunities for employment are limited to many and there are many barriers that are difficult to navigate. Some women need extra support and skills before transitioning to the secular world. And, it’s a beautiful thing to see how happy children are when their mothers become more hopeful.”

Ministries:  Serving & Getting Involved

Use the form at the bottom of this web site to reach out to any staff member or seek answers to questions you may have!
Sunday School
KidVenture Sunday School for Grades 1-5 is held during 10:30 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary.   Adult classes @9:30 a.m. Sundays.
Child Care
Nursery care Sundays from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  During worship, a Wiggler/ Crawler space provides a livestream of the service.
Youth Group
DAUMC has an active youth group program. Contact Lauri Clemmer or the church office for details!
Micro Food Pantry
Located at the west entrance to the Education Building. Take what you need, leave what you can.
Wooden It Be Lovely
A program offering hope to single mothers at risk. Click here for more details!
Compass for Kids
This award-winning after school program was started at DAUMC.  Click here for more information.
Music at DAUMC
Like to make a joyful noise?  Contact Music Director Bekah Philbrick through the office.
DAUMC hosts an active Scouting program. Contact the church office for details.
DAUMC welcomes weddings!  Click here for our guide to all things wedding!
Let us help in your time of grief.  Please contact one of our Pastors.
United Women in Faith
Our active UWF (formally UMW) group features a number of Circle options. Contact the church office.
Methodist Men
Our men’s group meets the first Saturday of the month. The church office has the details.
Sewing Group
Our dedicated sewers meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Coffee with a Pastor
Would you like to have coffee with a Pastor. Use the form below to reach out!
Thirteen-week sessions are available. Call the church office for information.
Tech Ministry
Want to help run the sound board for worship? Visit the tech booth in the balcony any Sunday!

Visit Douglas Avenue

Join us for worship at 8:15 or 10:30 a.m. each Sunday 



501 South Douglas Avenue
Springfield, Illinois  62704
Phone: 217.546.4631
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Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church is a unique and diverse congregation of all ages, races, orientations, and backgrounds. We love to welcome visitors! Even more, we love working in the community, loving and serving God and our neighbors!