First United Methodist Church - Lakeland, Florida

Neighborhood Ministries (K-12)

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The mission of Neighborhood Ministries is to share the love of Jesus Christ with the community by providing a safe, recreational, and spiritual experience.

Contact Information:
Phone: 863-686-0855
Director: Sean Hults (shults@firstumc.org)

Associate Director: Namirah Perkins (nperkins@firstumc.org)

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Kramer (jkramer@firstumc.org)

About Neighborhood:

In 1989, a small group of church workers began Sandwich Club as an outreach program for the surrounding neighborhood children. Each Wednesday, students were welcome to come to the church for a sandwich after school. Since then, Sandwich Club has grown into a five-day program named Clubhouse with over 60 active members. Students are picked up from neighboring elementary schools and brought to the church each day for a snack, homework help and spiritual guidance. Each school day provides a specific activity for children grades K-5 including a weekly chapel service.

With the growing popularity of the Clubhouse after school ministry, the decision was made to open a similar program for students’ grades 6-12. This program helps to keep middle and high schools students off the streets and in a safe environment during those hours when teenagers are most likely to succumb to peer pressure, drugs and alcohol.

We currently average around 100 K-12th grade students in attendance daily.

With additional grants and other funding, Outreach Florida began in the summer of 2005. Now, over 70 students grades K-5th attend this seven-week, full-day program during the summer. The Polk County Summer Feeding program provides a fully-balanced breakfast and lunch for each child during program hours.

Director Sean Hults works diligently to provide quality after school and summer care for these children and youth. Thanks to generous church member donations and federal grants, this program is free of charge to students and their families. Throughout the week, these students are exposed to tutoring and mentoring by college-aged staff members and volunteers, along with small group activities that foster spiritual, emotional and intellectual development.

Parent Check List and Forms Packet

Parent Handbook