Upcoming Events & Announcements

Community Christmas

Community Christmas Tags are available! Thank you to everyone who has already selected a tag to purchase gifts for local children. Return gifts UNWRAPPED with tags visible on the outside by noon on Monday, November 29 to the Yellow Brick Church. 

Hanging of the Greens

Hanging of Greens Celebration at Carrollton First UMC will be Sunday, November 28. Holiday decorating at YBC and The Bridge: Bring or make an ornament for our church’s Christmas tree. We want you/your family represented! Please use the tags provided to label your ornament. Please bring in and hang on the tree starting Sunday, November 28. Ornaments will need to be taken home on Sunday, January 9.

Advent Festival

Would you like to celebrate Advent in a new way this year? We will be holding an “Advent Festival” on December 3rd from 6-8:00pm. This event is perfect for all ages; it will be fun for everyone! The theme is “JOY”, which stands for Jesus, Others, and YOU. We will enjoy a Christmas pageant, have a meal together, play fun games, and there will be an opportunity to help others throughout this Advent season. Please join us and see what all of this JOY is about! 

We will be asking for RSVP’s, so please keep an eye out for that sign-up sheet. 

Christmas Study @ The Bridge - ALL AGES

We will be starting an Advent study from November 28 – December 19. The study begins before our worship service at the Bridge, from 9:30 am – 10:15am. Everyone gathers together for Scripture and prayer then we will break into two groups: kids (preschool – 5th grade) and teens/adults.  Babies and toddlers are welcome to assimilate with us. 

We will look at the Incredible Christmas account from four views: 

  1. Nov. 28 – Incredible Trust – the Angel visits Mary
  2. Dec. 5 -Incredible Invisibility -Shepherd from a small town
  3. Dec. 12- Incredible Power – Attention of the strong and powerful – the Magi and King Herod
  4. Dec. 19– Incredible Grade – the gift of eternal life thru Jesus Christ our Lord

Nutcracker Village

Sunday, December 5

Meet in Church (YBC) parking lot @ 2pm 

Arrive at Nutcracker Village around 3pm 

Dinner @ local restaurant (approximately at 4:30/5p) 

Journey Back to Carrollton 


If you prefer to drive yourself to Steubenville we will meet outside the Fort Steuben Visitor Center. Directions and Parking options will be provided for those who sign up the week of the event. This event requires walking on pavement. RSVP by Monday, November 29th @ 3pm. Please sign up on sheet or contact church office. Everyone will be responsible for the cost of their own meal.

Christmas Greetings

Our Christmas Card Boxes for ‘sending’ holiday greetings to friends and family at the church will not be used this year. If you need addresses to mail your cards, please contact the office. As you prepare your cards, please remember our special friends who are either home bound or residing in a skilled nursing/health care facility. 

Holiday Challenge: Be an encourager this holiday season! Do you notice someone missing from service or know of someone who could use a pick-me-up greeting? Between now and Christmas, we challenge you to send at least 5 cards to someone who may not be on your regular card list. Be a blessing simply by reaching out!

Christmas with Carrollton First UMC

Sunday, December 19 – Join us for a Candlelight Service on the Square 6:00pm

Friday, December 24 – 5:00 pm at The Bridge
7:00 pm at Yellow Brick Church

Yellow Brick Kidz

Preschoolers – 5th graders can now attend Yellow Bridge Kidz. Children will attend the first part of the worship service upstairs, and then they will then be dismissed to go to their own Bible teaching time in one or both of the children’s Sunday School rooms on the first floor. The Bible stories will be taught using crafts, singing, games, skits, etc. depending on the age group of the children. The rotating teachers will adapt each week.

Parents/grandparents will sign in their children at the welcome station when they enter for church. After church, parents/grandparents will need to sign out their children in whichever classroom they are in at that time. If the parents/grandparents are staying for adult Sunday School at 10:00 and would like their child(ren) to stay longer, we will provide additional Sunday School from 10:00-11:00 in the same rooms.

"The Experience"

Would you like to experience God in a new way? Do you ever find yourself in need of a midweek pick-me-up? Join us for a new weekly video series called “The Experience” every Thursday at 8:00pm!  Join Pastor Kimberly virtually as she visits businesses in Carroll County and gives a compelling message each week! Each episode also includes worship music and challenge/discussion questions. The series will premiere on Facebook and YouTube, and will be available to rewatch any time.

You’re also invited to join the Experience Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cfumc.experience/ where we can connect with one another and discuss each week’s episode. This series provides a flexible way for you to get involved

Church Cookbook For Sale!

Are you in a recipe rut? Looking for new holiday recipes? In search of a thoughtful present? Carrollton First UMC has the perfect solution – our church cookbook! The hard copy spiral-bound cookbook is available for $18. To purchase, please contact the church office at 330-627-7671 and make checks payable to Carrollton First UMC with “cookbook” in the memo line.

There is also a Kindle version available to purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWZI6CO

Summit Groups

  • Adult Summit Group – An Adult group where people share, learn, and ask questions about their life and faith as they seek to become more like Christ. This group is led by Bill and Francie Krills at their home on Mondays.
  • Men’s Summit Group – A group of men that are spurring one another on in love. This fall they will be studying the powerful book of Colossians. Held on Thursday nights at 7pm and facilitated by Rob Atkinson @YBC.
  • NEW TIME: Family Friendly Summit Group – This group is open to the whole family coming to share and learn together. Held at the Yellow Brick Church’s Welcome Room which offers a play area for kids. This group meets Thursdays from 6-7pm and is led by Karen Beck. 

Groups will seek to meet 10 weeks each semester. There will be three semester per year. 

  • Semester 1: Week of Sept.12 – week of Nov.14 
  • Semester 2: Week of Jan. 9 – week of Mar. 13 
  • Semester 3: Week of April 24 – week of June 26 

Summit Groups are not only where faith and relationships are deepened, but where the church is grown through multiplication. We hope you will connect with us on for the journey ahead. Please sign-up on the sheets outside the worship space or the link below and one of our leaders will be in touch.

Fundraiser for Africa University

Please help us raise money for Africa University by using the Shop with Scrip/Raise Right mobile app to purchase gift cards! You purchase gift cards to either give to others or spend yourself and the church receives a certain percentage of your spendings. We will put all funds earned towards the Africa University Women’s Dorm! Watch the tutorial on the left to see how it works. 


**ENROLLMENT CODE in the video is not valid. Please contact the church office for the current code.

Shop with Scrip website: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/

Community Prayer

The second Wednesday of each month there is a time of community prayer from 6-7:30 at various churches throughout the county. This time of prayer is specifically designated for prayer targeted at revival and needs of our county and Village of Carrollton. Everyone is encouraged to attend and praying out loud is not required. June and July will be at Wesley Community Church on 12th Street.

Bible Reading Plan

This plan takes you through the entire bible in one year. The scriptures are divided up into sixteen “parts” and organized in semi-chronological order. 

For more info, see: www.yellowbrickchurch.org/reading-plan

Access, download, and/or print a PDF of the reading plan by using the button below!

Grief Support Group

The Grief Support Group will be meeting the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at Yellow Brick Church. The 1st Tuesday meeting will be at 10am; the 3rd Tuesday meeting will be at 6:30pm.

Please join with the understanding that grief does not just come from the passing of a loved one – grief can be an emotion we feel from the loss of a job, family pet, moving to a new location, change in life circumstances, etc. This group will assist us in our mutual healing.

*This group is open to everyone in the community; please share if you know of someone who may benefit from joining us. Social Distancing and Masks will be required


SIGN UP NOW TO RECEIVE OUR E-DEVOTIONS! Beginning on June 8th, there will be Tuesday and Thursday devotions designed to take Sunday’s message into your week. We are prayerful these devotions will Expose more of the message, lead to Encounters with God, and Encourage your faith. You can sign up to receive these devotions by using this link http://eepurl.com/g4szH5 or by calling the church office.


Africa University

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1992 in Mutare, Zimbabwe, at the request of African Bishops who wanted a university for the whole of Africa to foster intellectual, moral, ethical, and spiritual growth in its students. Because of the lack of on-campus housing, many students walk very far every day in remote areas to come to Africa University. Female students become targets for human trafficking and prostitution.

Our East Ohio Bishop Tracy Malone has the vision of East Ohio churches building a women’s dorm to house 90 students which will provide a safe, secure environment and a community of support. Our church’s Discipleship Board in Jan. voted to participate in this project. In 2 years time, we hope to raise $20,000 to pay for 1 student room which will house 2 female students.  Any extra money will go to finish the room inside. Checks can be written out to our church with “AU” on the memo line.