At Algona Methodist we are passionate about making disciples (followers) of Jesus. We believe Jesus is God’s Son, who came to earth and died on the cross, then rose from the dead. His sacrifice paid the price for our waywardness from God, so that now we can accept God’s free gift of forgiveness. Growing in faith means discovering all the ways our trust in Jesus shapes daily living.

Every event and activity in our church is structured around three simple movements to help you grow in faith:

1. Grounded in Truth: We learn about God and our relationships with Him when we attend worship services and commit to personal reading of the Bible.

2. Growing in Community: Small groups are a great place to ask questions, share our struggles and hurts, make some new friends, and discuss how concepts are put into action.

3. Giving out of Grace: God loves to show grace (‘grace’ is receiving an unmerited gift). After experiencing grace in our own lives, we are able to give back to the community and help change the lives of others. Mission projects, volunteer work, and outreach are all forms of giving out of grace.

How can we encourage you in your relationship with God?

For more information on these three movements, please click here

When does the church meet?

Weekly Worship Services and Sunday School from Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Wednesday 12:15pm-12:45pm, Midweek Worship
Saturday 5pm, Casual Service
Sunday 9:30am, Worship Service

Office Hours are:

8:30am-3:30pm (and additional times by appointment)
 If you have any questions or would like to join a mid-week small group, send us a message at 515-295-7241 or algonaumc@netamumail.com
201 E. Nebraska Street
Algona, Iowa 50511


View Our Latest Sermon Video

Here is where you can watch the most recent sermon videos from Algona Methodist Church. Feel free to share these sermons with friends and family.

July 24, 2016 Worship Service – Rev. Jeffrey R. Frese, Pastor

July 17, 2016 Worship Service – Mr. Matthew Wester

July 10, 2016 Worship Service – Rev. Jeffrey R. Frese, Pastor


Each Week at First UMC:

5:00pm Casual Style Worship Service
9:30am Worship Service 




Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm (for other times, please call for appointment)

Church Location & Address: 201 E. Nebraska Street, Algona, Iowa 50511 (map)

Telephone: Tel: (515) 295-7241

Email: algonaumc@netamumail.com

If the case of death or emergency please contact one of the following:

  • Church Office 515-295-7241
  • Rev. Jeffrey R. Frese 515-295-7241
    • In case of emergency: 515-868-7247


Reaching Out to Others

Here at Algona First United Methodist Church, we serve in a myriad of ways: we send financial gifts to those in need, yes, but we also bless people with our abilities, time, and energy. We believe God calls us to this kind of service because it demonstrates His love for all people. Scroll down to find a niche that gets you excited; We’d love to help you get involved in one of these local or international opportunities:

Feeding the World

For the last few years we have gathered in our church’s Fellowship Hall to package boxes of food for orphans in Haiti. What made these events extra special was that we knew right where the food was going: the boxes of food were sent to the orphanages near Torbeck, Haiti, where our missionary friends with GoServ Global help to rescue Haitian kids to give them a safe and Christ-centered new home.     ((Scroll below to see pictures of the girls at the orphanage)

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Food Pantry

Do The first Sunday of each month is Food Pantry Day in our church. Cash donations are always needed (which you can put in the offering plate and mark “food pantry”). Your donations are very much appreciated. You may put your food items in the wood container located by the church office. Thank you.

Haiti Trip

In recent years we have sent mission teams to Haiti where team members spent time in a girls orphanage and helped to build new houses for those in need. The current focus of this orphanage is to rescue newborns that have been abandoned by their parents. Here is a picture of the nearly 400 pounds of baby supplies we were able to bring with us on the trip:

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If you have any questions about the Haiti mission trip or would like to get involved in a future trip, please use the “contact and directions” tab above.

Haiti Team Home SetupHaiti Team Orphanage

Meals on Wheels

The churches of Algona take turns delivering meals for the Meals on Wheels program. This is an incredibly rewarding volunteer experience; you’ll get the chance to meet some wonderful people in Algona and to make a real, practical difference in their lives. 

If you sign up for a week, you’ll be asked to come to the Algona Senior Center at 11am to pick up your route’s meals. The route can be completed within an hour, at which point you’ll bring the cooler back to the Senior Center. Each volunteer team should ideally have two persons: one to drive and the other to navigate.

Stephen Ministry:

For Those in Crisis

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a free and confidential service offered by our church to anyone who is going through a struggle. For example, you may want to consider asking for a Stephen’s Minister if you have ever been hospitalized, bereaved, felt lonely or discouraged, facing a life threatening disease, in a job/employment crisis, facing a spiritual loss, separated or divorced, facing a difficult pregnancy, affected by an accident or disaster, new to the church family, empty nesting, coping as a single parent, struggling with aging, or any other type of stress or struggle.

Everyone goes through periods of difficulty or crisis at times. Having someone who cares enough to listen can ease these experiences of confusion, stress, or loneliness. And no problem is too small or insignificant to receive care. After you contact us, one of the Stephen’s Ministers will give you a call to set up a one-on-one meeting. The two of you will meet, probably weekly, until you feel like it is the right time to stop meeting. The Stephen’s Team is also making regular visits to our local Senior Care facilities. Stephen’s Ministers are compassionate individuals, trained to pray, listen, explore feelings, share Christ’s love, and walk with people journeying to wholeness.

To get started, refer someone you know, or ask any questions, simply pick up a referral form in the church office or click here and mention “Stephen Ministry” in the contact form. By filling out the form, you’re simply saying you would like to receive a call from one of our Stephen Ministers. We would love to be a support for you through this transition, thanks.

Algona’s WWII Nativity Scene


In December 1945, 6 Prisoners of War from Camp Algona presented to the public a nativity scene of over 60 half-life sized figures, ranging in height from 12 inches to 56 inches. It had taken almost 6 months, and $8000 to create this piece (and the POWs made roughly a dime an hour at their jobs). To the POWs who made it and POWs interned at Camp Algona, it was a way to remember and connect to the family they could not be with back home. To the people of Algona, it represented a common faith and humanity shared with the German captives living outside their town. As Marv Chickering says, “They came as enemies but they left as friends.”


Since 1945, the Algona nativity scene has attracted people from far and near. Recently it was featured on the channel 8 news, which can be viewed by clicking here. The scene has become an enduring symbol of unity for the people of Algona and reminds those who visit of the impact of war and the presence of the POWs held at Camp Algona decades ago.


The Nativity Scene is maintained by the Men’s Club of our church and can be visited from the first Sunday in December through New Year’s Eve. For more information please visit the nativity website: http://algonanativityscene.omeka.net/