First United Methodist Church - Lakeland, Florida

You can apply for scholarship assistance to offset the cost of attending summer camp at Warren W. Willis Summer Camp. To do so, complete the 2017 Camp Scholarship Assistance Request Form and return it to the applicable department (Children’s Ministries, One United Youth Ministries or Neighborhood Ministries) by April 1, 2017. Please note: applications received after that date will be considered as long as funds are available. If you have questions, please contact the applicable age-level ministry or call the church office at 863-686-3163.

Due to the number of applications we receive, we also encourage you to apply for assistance directly from Warren W. Willis Summer Camp. Click here for more information – their scholarship application is due by April 1, 2017.


Easter Eggstravaganza on April 8

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 · Children, Events, Home Page

Join us for our annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 10am – noon on Saturday, April 8. This free celebration is open to the community and features Bible stories, games, Easter Bunny photos, age-appropriate egg hunts and more. This year, we ask each family to come with a donation of crayons, Play-Doh, blocks, soccer balls and new or gently-used sports shoes in children’s sizes 4-10 for the Beacon of Hope Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. Your support will provide important learning supplies that are extremely expensive to purchase in Kenya. Thank you for helping us share the love of Christ. Don’t forget your Easter basket! To sign up to volunteer at the event, click here.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017 · Children, Events, Home Page

Hero Central Vacation Bible School takes place June 26-30 from 8:45am-noon – join us to participate in awesome adventures alongside some of our favorite Bible heroes. Registration for participants and volunteers is now open. The cost is just $25/child (with a maximum of $50/per family). You won’t want to wait until the last minute to sign up – classes can fill up quickly.

Children who have completed VPK through fifth grade are invited as participants. Click here to register children. Students who have completed sixth grade and above are invited to help and, if their school permits, may be eligible to earn Community Service hours. Click here to register youth volunteers. Adult Super Heroes are an important part of our adventure, too – click here to register adult volunteers.

Contact Cristi Moore ( or Molly McEntire ( with questions today!

Altar Flowers for Worship Services

Thursday, December 15, 2016 · Home Page, Worship

The fresh flowers placed on our altars each Sunday beautify the sacred spaces of our church to honor God and are a gift to those who attend our services. Afterward, arrangements are made from those flowers and delivered to members & friends who are hospitalized. The altar flowers can be dedicated to commemorate a special event, such as birthday or anniversary, or to remember a loved one for a donation of $45.00 per dedication. Please contact Lea Ellen, 863-686-3163 or email at to reserve your date(s). Click here to download the order form.

Please note: there will be no flowers on Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday or the two Sundays closest to Christmas. For these Sundays, dedications will be open to the entire congregation by separate reservation.

Below is the video of Dr. Kevin Hull’s presentation at our Fall FamilyLink event. He shared with parents “How to talk to your kids about scary stuff.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the church or a long-time attendee, you’re invited to this informal and interactive gathering on Sunday, April 23, in C-201D (the Wesley Center). Participants will have the opportunity to explore our church in a friendly and fun environment, meet members of the church staff and ask questions about different departments. Bring the whole family. Check in at 4:45, and the session will be from 5-6:30pm. Call Diana at 863-686-3163 to register or register online here.

Our next session of Coffee with the Pastors is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, from 5-6:30pm in the Administrative Office Large Conference Room. In this casual time together, you’ll learn more about the church, get to know our pastors and review expectations regarding membership. New members will be received May 21. Childcare is provided by advance registration. Call Diana at 863-686-3163 to register or register here.

Join us on Wednesday evenings for a meal and fun programs. Dinner service starts at 5pm with the program to follow. Tickets are $6/adults, $3/children under 12, and $20/max per family. To receive a text of the menu, just complete this form – standard text message rates may apply.

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