During this time of physical distancing, join us every Sunday for online worship via Facebook Live @ 10:30 a.m.

View our
online worship
for Sunday
May 31, 2020
See more great worship services (like Easter Sunrise) and other great content.  Visit our YouTube channel by clicking here.
While we are distancing, we can still be together!
Check out these online opportunities to grow your faith
  • Sunday Worship – Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook. DAUMC continues to broadcast an amazing worship experience through Facebook. Gather ‘round for an engaging, prayerful, hope-filled worship experience. Following worship, the video will remain available on our Facebook page, as well as on the DAUMC web site: www.douglasavenue.org. We can’t wait to connect with you this Sunday!
  • Share Your Prayers – What better way to connect right now than by praying for one another and for our world. Let us know your joys and concerns, for prayer with our pastors and Prayer Team – reach Pastor Meredith at revmeredithmbrown@gmail.com,  Pastor Margaret Ann at majessup@msn.com, or  the church office at daumc@douglasavenue.org.
  • NEW! Tuesday Morning Bible Study – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via video and phone conference. Beginning a new study on Tuesday, 4/22 – “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World” by Max Lucado. For more information, resources, and phone numbers/links to participate, contact Pastor Meredith at revmeredithmbrown@gmail.com.
  •  “Coffee Hour with Women of Power” Online Bible Study – Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 6:00 p.m. Join in a time of study with powerful women of the Bible, discussion, sharing, and prayer – bring a cup of coffee, a Bible, and an open heart! Pick your time, and contact Pastor Margaret Ann for links to participate, majessup@msn.com.
  • Opportunities With Children – connect with DAUMC on Facebook for all kinds of ways to grow, laugh and learn during this season of social distancing. “Stories with Lauri and Laud,” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. for a great story and prayer; “Song Break” with Pastor Meredith on Monday and Friday afternoons; and watch for mailings of special activities. For more information and to connect with children’s ministries, please contact Lauri Clemmer at lauri.clemmer@gmail.com.
  • Youth Group Bible Study Online – Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Middle and High School aged youth are beginning a new study subject, playing games, and sharing in meaningful discussion, prayer and connection. To join in and for video links, please contact Curtis at revcurtisbrown@gmail.com, or contact 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 Korde G., age 15
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 – Our Associate 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.  One of her roles includes being the Director of Wooden It Be Lovely, a Social Enterprise of DAUMC. This unique ministry offers hope and employment to single mothers in need.  Another important role Pastor Margaret Ann assumes at DAUMC is the coordination our Children’s Ministry. Children are at the heart at DAUMC, which makes this part of her Ministry great!

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
We provide Sunday School for all ages every Sunday, at 9:30 a.m.  Let us help you find a class!
Child Care
Child care for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.
Youth Group
DAUMC has an active youth group program.  See Eowyn Montgomery for details!
Messy Church
A monthly gathering for all ages.  Fun activities, high-energy worship, and a shared meal.
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 Methodist Women
Our active 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.
Wooden It Be Lovely
A program offering hope to single mothers at risk.  Click here for more details!
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 sponsors an active Scouting program.  Contact the church office for 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!
Office Volunteers
We often need help folding, copying and stapling.  See Carol in the church office.
Tech Ministry
Want to help run the sound board for worship?  Visit the tech booth in the balcony any Sunday!

We Are Social 

 Church is not a building. We extend God’s love to our community and online through a number of social media channels. View our new worship videos, get the latest updates on upcoming events, and more.  Click on any of the links below.


Visit Douglas Avenue AFTER the Quarantine

Worship at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.  Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m.


Church Calendar



Avenue United Methodist Church
501 South Douglas Avenue Springfield, Illinois  62704
daumc@douglasavenue.org 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!