For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
"We are the church, and church happens as we exit the building in which we gather. We are the living church, everywhere we go."
- Pastor Ivelisse
First United Methodist Church of Paso Robles has been described as an unique church, with an amazing heart. The people of our church are welcoming and hospitable, while being a testimony of what it is to exercise a committed, and unyielding faith.
First United Methodist Church of Paso Robles, has survived the difficulties of the changing of times, and the earthquake that affected Paso Robles back in 2003. The congregation lost their most beloved building, and found themselves without a physical building to call "home". Like real life, other things affected this church beside the loss of their building. However, as they struggle with the question of "what now?" they started to experience what we call a transformation that has led them into resurrection.
The people that survived these trying times decided they were not going to give up on their ministry, and began to realize that the building was an inhibition to do the work Christ has called us to do. So, they decided not to commit to a building. They migrated between different sites within the city, however, they were not concerned by the constant transition, instead they focused in doing ministry in the community. As a result, they changed their name to Methodist Ministries of Paso Robles to convey their new role within Paso Robles.
The story has been re-written; as this amazing faith community focused in serving, they experienced growth in faith, and in membership. The difficult times had not been able to destroy what God had called into life. God used the earthquake, and the many difficulties to create a beautiful resurrection story.
From "building-less" and not having a pastor, today they have purchased and moved to a location (915 Creston Road) and are working towards becoming a stronger presence in the community by continuing to do their current ministries, and aiming to identify the needs in the community in which we can be the feet, and hands of Christ.
Our current ministries are with:
Children and Youth
Institutionalized Elderly and Disabled
United Methodist Women
Emmanuel Tutoring Service (free tutoring for middle school and high school students)
Cancer patients, and their support system
Children and Youth Summer Camp
We invite you to visit us, and be part of our community. It is important for us that you know we are a welcoming community, that is willing to be your companion as you journey through life, even when you face the difficulties that often appear in our life's journey. As we have called to be our brother/sister's keeper, please know you do not have to do it alone. God intended us to be ligated, with each other to be supportive, to love one another, and be encouraging of one another.