During this time of physical distancing, join us every Sunday for online worship via Facebook Live @ 10:30 a.m. You can view these and ALL our videos by visiting our YouTube channel, DAUMC Springfield.  Just click on the logo below.
A NEW Season of Worship at DAUMC! 
To register for May 30 In-Person Patio Worship, click here.

Stay Home.  Stay Healthy.  Stay Connected.

Opportunities to Worship, Learn, Pray, and Enjoy Fellowship While Distancing!
For more information, contact the church office @ 217-546-4631 or daumc@douglasavenue.org
  • Online Worship – Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook and YouTube. Each week, DAUMC broadcasts an amazing worship experience that you can participate in wherever you are. Join in an engaging, prayerful, hope-filled worship experience. Following worship, all broadcasts remain available on Facebook and YouTube for later viewing.
  • Patio Worship – In-person on the DAUMC Patio each Sunday at 11 a.m.  In the event of inclement weather, we will move to a safe, socially-distanced location indoors.
  • Praying Together – let us pray with you! Share your joys and concerns for prayer with our pastor and Prayer Team – reach Pastor Meredith at revmeredithmbrown@gmail.com.  You can also contact the church office at 217-546-4631 or via email at daumc@douglasavenue.org, or use the Contact Form during Sunday Online Worship.
  • Sunday Young Adult Study – Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the DAUMC Community Garden. 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.
  • Seekers Sunday School Class – Sundays at 9:15 a.m. via video and phone conference.  Contact Nancy Rosse for links, nsrosse65@gmail.com, or the church office.
  • Tuesday Morning Bible Study – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via video and phone conference.  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 10:00 a.m. via video and phone conference; meeting for conversation, prayer, various devotions and studies; please contact the church office for links and information, or Pastor Margaret Ann, 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! To connect with children’s ministries, please contact Lauri Clemmer at clemmer@gmail.com.
  • Youth Group – Middle and High School aged youth meet Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Community Garden. To get connected in this and service projects and other fun Youth Group stuff, contact Curtis Brown at revcurtisbrown@gmail.com, or Lauri Clemmer at 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., at 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 –  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!
Please note that some of these programs are on hiatus until the end of the current pandemic.
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.  Contact Lauri Clemmer or the church office 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 Pandemic

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
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!