First United Methodist Church - Lakeland, Florida

2014 Vacation Bible School

Monday, April 14, 2014 · Children, Home Page, News

workshopofwonders full logoJoin us June 23-27 for our summer Vacation Bible School “Workshop of Wonders: Imagine & Build with God,” where children will learn about ordinary people in the Bible that did extraordinary things when they trusted God! Participants will hear amazing stories of what can happen when they use their heart, mind and imagination to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders. The curriculum is based on the scripture of Psalm 77:14a, “You are the God who works wonders.” This week combines interactive Bible storytelling, crafts, science, recreation, music and even snacks for an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

This year, we’ll once again offer two sessions – one from 9am – noon and another from 5-8pm. Registration is now open, so please complete this registration form and return it, along with the applicable registration fee (please see form to determine), to the Christian Education Office by May 2 to be guaranteed a t-shirt! If you’re interested in helping us make this ministry outreach event happen, please email Kim Mayes for more information and fill out the enclosed VBS adult volunteer application.

We’re happy to share with you the April issue our monthly magazine…we hope you are blessed by it!

small-group-bible-study-headerSeveral new studies will be starting after Easter. Check them out here!

SPLASHOur SPLASH Children’s Ministry is currently seeking Sunday school teachers for the 2014 calendar year.  Eight week rotations per calendar year are available.  We believe following this schedule will ensure for those eight weeks our children have a consistent and familiar face greeting them each Sunday morning.  Additionally, with a commitment of only eight weeks our teachers can fulfill their call to teach while worshiping the balance of the year.  If you feel called to teach our young ones, please contact Judi at or by phone at 682-1912.  Please be in prayer for our Sunday school ministry as we plan and prepare for a brand new year!

Our 2013-2014 Fine Arts Season Schedule is available now!

First Connections November Issue

Thursday, October 31, 2013 · News

The November issue of First Connections is now available. You are able to view it online using the link below or can receive a copy of your own through the mail each month. If you would like to be added to our mailing list or find you’d prefer to view it online instead of getting a copy in the mail please contact Maggie at or 863-686-3163 x 218.

First Connections Magazine

Thursday, October 3, 2013 · News

First Connections is a publication of First UMC containing personal stories and testimonies from our congregation about how God is at work among us. In this monthly magazine you can also find information about church programs and activities. You can now enjoy First Connections either in print or online (issues published October  2013 or later). If you find you’d prefer to view it online instead of receiving it in the mail; or would like to be added to our magazine mailing list, please contact Maggie, Editor, via email at or by calling 863-686-3163 x 218.

We hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy the current issue today!

eConnections Weekly Email Newsletter

Monday, September 9, 2013 · Home Page, News

Do you receive our weekly eConnections email newsletter?  If not, please take just a moment to fill out the form below and we will be happy to add you to our distribution list.  We respect your privacy and will not share your information.

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Parking Access During Construction

Thursday, August 22, 2013 · Home Page, News

Parking Map

Click the image for a larger view of the available parking locations map.

Click here for a brief video showing parking location alternatives: Parking During Construction.





Where to Park During Construction

Special Needs Parking is available in the lot on Walnut across from the north entrance to Fellowship Center available in the parking lot along Walnut Street just east of the Gymnasium and F-Building.

Regular Parking is available:

  • in the parking lot just east of the Gymnasium and F-Building
  • in the new parking lot on Walnut across from the north entrance to Fellowship Center
  • in the vacant lot on Vistabula behind the Sorosis Building,
  • in the parking lot behind Stahl & Associates Insurance with an entrance from Chiles St.
  • In the parking lot shared by the Polk Museum of Art and the Lakeland Public Library with entrances are on Chiles St. and E. Palmetto St.

Please keep in mind that during construction there is no access to the sanctuary from C and D buildings as they are inside the fenced in construction area.  Green pedestrian paths are available from parking lots to church buildings with signage present to help you find your way.  Please bear in mind that there may be some paths with sand and/or dirt on them.  We appreciate your patience as we build together through faith!