BY THE BOYD FAMILY, THE DESMOND FAMILY, THE SKIPPER FAMILY

The community that we share at First United Methodist Church is something we are quite proud of.
We asked several families who have recently moved away from Baton Rouge to share with us what led them to FUMC, and what they love about this community.


Robert, Leah and Archer Boyd moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

If  someone asked you what the spirit of FUMC is, how would you respond?

The Boyds: We think the spirit of FUMC is an open invitation to worship God most notably through Sundays and through mission work in the community.

Share about an experience in which you felt God’s love through this community.

The Boyds: After the birth of our first child, we were spending many sleepless nights and hectic days just learning how to be parents and how much our lives were going to change with Archer. Our Sunday School Class (Foundations) is a young class with many babies and they never tire at being there to support new parents with meals, visits, and words of support and encouragement. We still enjoy seeing them share their love for our family on Facebook, as we continue to get a glimpse into their lives and their growing families.

What is one thing that if you came back in 25 years, you would hope has never changed?

The Boyds: When we got married at FUMC, our families loved how beautiful the Sanctuary was. We think just knowing that the room we got married in and that we enjoyed so many wonderful rich worship services in is still standing as a testament to the long standing traditions at FUMC and the dedication the FUMC family has to God would be something we would want to see in 25 years.

What drew you to FUMC?

The Boyds: When we left college, we came to Baton Rouge knowing very few people outside of coworkers. The first Sunday we attended, was around Memorial day in 2009, and we couldn’t get over how great the music was. As a former college band member, it’s hard to not get excited for the Stars and Stripes Forever, and while we enjoyed the patriotism, we also enjoyed the attention to detail in the music. As we got further entrenched in the music program, we understood more and more how focused the music program was on using that music to worship God and to help the people at FUMC worship God. When Leah began to attend church with me, I know she enjoyed the sense of community at FUMC, and recognized what an important place it was for me as I had been attending for almost two years.


Mike, Lisa, Aiden, Connor & Brody Desmond moved to St. Mary, GeorgiaIf  someone asked you what the spirit of FUMC is, how would you respond?

The Desmonds: The spirit at FUMC is EXTRAORDINARY. The spirit at the church is infectious in that it causes people to desire to take part in the activities and opportunities being offered. There is no other church like it and one must experience FUMC in order to understand.

Share about an experience in which you felt God’s love through this community.

The Desmonds: Our family has encountered so many experiences in which we have felt God’s love and one experience in particular was impactful for us because it involved an entire group of people.

Sunday School classes at FUMC are not just classes, they are family. We had members of the class face difficult circumstances with a new health diagnosis a few months before welcoming a new child. The outpouring of the class’ desire to help physically and monetarily was so overwhelming, just as God’s love is. Members of the class put aside their own needs to help others in need and we came together as a strong source of love and comfort, just as God is to us.

What is one thing that if you came back in 25 years, you would hope has never changed?

The Desmonds: If we returned in 25 years (preferably much sooner), we would hope for FUMC to still have the energy that the staff and congregation invest in serving each other, serving the community and spiritually deepening their love for God.

What drew you to FUMC?

The Desmonds: We were drawn to FUMC for so many reasons. We believe there are several aspects of a church that make it feel like the right church for us. God knew what we needed before we did when we found FUMC and made it our church home. The church continued to feed us spiritually and provided us with opportunities to serve in ways that allowed our faith to continue to grow and that was important to us.


Phillip, Fran, Lucy and Reynolds Skipper moved to Franklin, TennesseeIf  someone asked you what the spirit of FUMC is, how would you respond?

The Skippers: Alive! The spirit is so alive at FUMC. You feel it when you walk in the doors for worship, you see it in the community outreach that is happening, you hear it when the choir sings on Sunday mornings. The spirit of FUMC is something very powerful.

Share about an experience in which you felt God’s love through this community.

The Skippers: It is hard to pinpoint just one. One of our favorites was the children’s Revive225 day where families worked together to help those in need. We’ve also experienced the extended community since we’ve moved. Those who have reached out and checked on us. Even inviting Fran to be a part of the new mom’s group, from a distance.

What is one thing that if you came back in 25 years, you would hope has never changed?

The Skippers: We truly hope the community that is so open and truly loving, never changes. There are not many families like the FUMC family and the unbelievable service to God and the community is unmatched.

What drew you to FUMC?

The Skippers: The immediate feeling of being home drew us to FUMC. This is such at testament to the welcoming and loving members.