The traditional Sunday service has been meeting in the Athens First United Methodist Church since 1825. The traditional service convenes at 11:00 AM in our church sanctuary. After an organ prelude, the carillon strikes at the commencement of this service. While casual dress is always acceptable for the congregation, the minister and the members of the choir wear traditional robes. The Chancel Choir leads the music, and the congregation sings from the standard United Methodist Hymnal. The pipe organ or piano is typically used to accompany the choir and congregation during the music, although occasionally strings, woodwinds or brass instruments are used. In the Traditional Service, the creeds of the church and other more formal liturgical elements are recited. These are written in the bulletin or in the hymnal. Bibles are provided in the pew racks along with the hymnals and may be used to followed the scripture as desired. If you have difficulty with hearing this service, please see an usher for a portable listening device which may be available for your use during the service. Guests of all backgrounds are invited to share in any of our worship services at all times.