During this time of physical distancing, join us every Sunday for online worship via Facebook Live @ 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings for Adventure Explorers Compassion Camp at 6:30 p.m.  You can view these and ALL our videos by visiting our YouTube channel, DAUMC Springfield.  Just click on the logo below.
Adventure Explorers Compassion Camp has come to DAUMC! Because social distancing is preventing the church from hosting it’s normal Vacation Bible School this summer, we have created Adventure Explorers, a home-based, ten week faith and worship experience for ALL AGES! Each week in Adventure Explorers, you and your household will engage in hands-on activities, devotion and prayer, and online worship centered on a common adventure theme. You will receive an Adventure Explorers Kit with activity and devotional materials that are fun and simple to use with common household items, like scissors, tape, glue, crayons (we can provide these for you if needed). On Wednesday evenings, we’ll participate in an energetic mid-week Base Camp Online Worship where we will orient ourselves to adventurous faith in story, prayer and song. And we’ll wrap-up the week’s adventure theme during Sunday Online Worship.  The DAUMC Adventure Explorers Facebook page will provide an easy way to share your family’s experiences and projects with others from the church.  You can still get your kit, just click below or call the church office!
While we are distancing, we can still be together!
Check out these online opportunities to grow your faith
Worship, Learn, Connect, Pray and Play Wherever You Are! Connect and grow in your faith as our DAUMC ministries continue to reach out in new ways while folks are staying close to home.

  • Sunday Worship – Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook. DAUMC continues to broadcast an amazing worship experience through Facebook that you can participate in wherever you are. Join in an engaging, prayerful, hope-filled worship experience. Following worship, the video remains available on our Facebook page. The YouTube broadcast is also available all week on the DAUMC website: www.douglasavenue.org.
  • Wednesday Compassion Camp Worship – Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook. Everyone is welcome to our summer mid-week worship for fun singing, story and prayer, on the weekly theme of our Adventure Explorers at Compassion Camp summer program. Following worship, the video remains available on our Facebook page, as well as on the DAUMC website: www.douglasavenue.org.
  • Sunday Young Adult Study – Sundays at 9:30 a.m. online. The class just began a study of “Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation” by Latasha Morrison on July 12. Contact Justine Dion for links and more information, jedion8@gmail.com.
  • Zephyr Sunday School Class – Sundays at 9:15 a.m. via video and phone conference; please contact the church office for links and information, or Pastor Meredith at revmeredithmbrown@gmail.com.
  • Sunday Morning Coffee and Conversation – Sundays at 9:30 a.m. via video and phone conference. Contact Pastor Margaret Ann for links and information, majessup@msn.com.
  • Tuesday Morning Bible Study – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via video and phone conference; beginning discussion of “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo THIS Tuesday, August 4. For more information, resources, and phone numbers/links to participate, contact the church office or Pastor Meredith at revmeredithmbrown@gmail.com.
  • “Coffee Hour with Women of Power” Online Bible Study – Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Beginning “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff on Wednesday, August 12. 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. “Adventure Explorers” Summer VBS for people of all ages continues through the end of August. Keep your eyes peeled for additional opportunities! To connect with children’s ministries, please contact Lauri Clemmer at lauri.clemmer@gmail.com.
  • Youth Group – Middle and High School aged youth are meeting most Thursday afternoons for summer fun, learning, and prayer. Some sessions will be in-person and some on-line. For information and to get connected, please contact Curtis Brown at revcurtisbrown@gmail.com, or Lauri Clemmer at lauri.clemmer@gmail.com.


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!