First Met is a vibrant, engaged downtown United Church. We are a Christian community called to nurture spiritual development and serve our community. We invite others to share in our journey as we seek to be an effective ministry in our city and our world. We have been part of the downtown for more than 150 years, regularly renewing our vision and our activities. More on our mission…
The congregation of First†Metropolitan United Church resulted from the 1997 amalgamation of two of Victoria’s historic downtown churches, Metropolitan United (Methodist and Congregationalist background, founded in 1859) and First United (Presbyterian background, founded in 1862) at this location, the second church built by the congregation of First Presbyterian. More about our history…
Meet the Ministry Staff
Statistical Trends in the United Church
Two articles detailing some long-term trends in the church based on data collected from the United Church Yearbook
Letting at First Met: We make space available to support individuals and families in the important transitions in life as well as meeting the needs of nonprofit community groups.
Organizational Structure at First†Met: The Ministry Teams seek to draw on people’s spirituality and wisdom to help formulate church policies. We encourage anyone with ideas for new programs or ministries to bring these ideas foward to the ministry staff, the chair of council or the appropriate committee chair.
The Church Executive and Council attend to the regular, administration details that any group must have to organize their many activities. The congregation of the church approves some matters such as the annual budget of the church, appointment of council and ministry team members, financial statements and the annual report.
First†Metropolitan United Church Foundation: Have you considered the church in your will? To ensure that yours is a lasting gift, please include a bequest to the First†Metropolitan United Church Foundation.
Share Your Gifts
Whether it is your regular or one-time financial contribution or your skill as a musician, singer or performer, your friendly smile to greet newcomers, your warmth and empathy, your aptitude as a baker, cook or gardener, or your ability to type, photocopy, write or create graphics, you can share your gifts with other members of First†Met and the broader community.