As we emerge from this time of physical distancing, you can still 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 link above.

Holiday Worship and Small Group Activities at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church

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

Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary.  8:15 and 10:30 a.m.  No advance registration necessary, but masks and sign-in are required.

10:30 a.m. DAUMC Online Worship. Join us on the DAUMC Facebook page or YouTube channel for weekly worship including music, prayer, and the spoken word. See the “Holiday Dates” feature story on page one for special features at our Sunday worship services.

Longest Night Worship Service.  Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary AND online via Facebook Live.  See the story below for details.

Christmas Eve Worship.  December 24.  Family Worship in the Sanctuary at 4:00 p.m.  Come enjoy this family-friendly service with something for all ages.  Christmas Eve Online Worship at 6:00 p.m. via Facebook and YouTube.  Christmas Eve Pre-Service Music in the Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.  Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary at 8:00 p.m.

Christmas Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary.  Sunday, December 26, there will be only one Worship in the Sanctuary service, held at 10:30 a.m.  Online Worship will occur as usual at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School and Small Groups. Choose from one of many opportunities:

  • Sunday Young Adult Study– Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 102 AND via Zoom.  The class is open to all ages.  Contact Justine Dion for links and more information,
  • Zephyr Sunday School Class – Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in Room 101 AND via video/phone conference. Please contact the class secretary Sue Zellers for links or more information:, or call the church office.
  • Seekers Sunday School Class– Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in Room 104 (the Bell Room). For more information, contact Nancy Rosse:
  • Jr./Sr. High Youth Group – The youth meet every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Round Room on the lower level.
  • Tuesday Morning Bible Study– Tuesdays at 10 a.m. via video/phone conference. For more information, and ways to participate, contact Pastor Meredith:, or the church office.
  • “Coffee Hour with Women of Power” Online Bible Study– Wednesdays at 10 a.m. via video and phone conference. Contact the church office for links and information.
  • Remember, masks are required indoors at all times on the DAUMC campus, regardless of vaccination status.



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 –  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
Sunday School for all ages will be returning soon.  Keep watching the space above for announcements.
Child Care
Our Nursery will be returning soon, but we do have space for crawlers and wiggners during worship!
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!
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 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.
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 available online or in-person.  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 

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!