First United Methodist Church - Lakeland, Florida

summer2015Join us Sunday, May 24, from 4-7:30pm for our Summer Kickoff Picnic. The picnic will take place at Peterson Park on Westover Street (near the YMCA on Cleveland Heights). When you arrive at the park, look for Field Number 3 near the playground and be on the lookout for First United Methodist signs. We’ll have tasty pulled pork, cole slaw and side dishes to eat. While there is no charge for the picnic, donations to offset the cost of the event will be accepted. There will be games like Ultimate Frisbee, Scatterball and more! Join us next Sunday for an afternoon of fun for all ages. Please note – there will be no children or youth programs next Sunday afternoon so that everyone can enjoy the picnic.

Why not wear a Summer 2015 t-shirt to the picnic? They are now available in our bookstore for just $10 each. With the purchase of two adult shirts you’ll receive a free shirt, and 50% of your purchase price will benefit Imagine No Malaria.

Ages: Children that are rising 1st through rising 6th grades
August 3 – August 7
Monday – Thursday Hours: 9am – 3pm
Friday Hours: 9am – 7pm due to our special performance of the musical
Cost: $110 per child

What is summer music camp? It’s a week full of drama, arts and crafts, singing, acting, dancing, set making, devotion, Bible study, percussion class, snacks and much more. Morris stumbles into Room 316, the Lost and Found, where he finds a life-size Bible, and a mysterious suit of armor who invites him to “Step Into the Word.” Morris finds that when you’re feeling scared and lost, Jesus is the “Son-Powered Compass” who points the way home.

The cost for this memorable, uplifting and educational experience is just $110 per child. A snack and lunch are provided daily, along with a pizza party on Friday before we perform our musical in the Sanctuary at 6pm. The performance is free of charge and open to the public. Register online here or download this Summer Music Camp Registration Form and return with your payment to the Administrative Office, Music Office, or Education Office. There is limited space available for each grade level, so please register today. No performance experience is necessary to participate in the event, and auditions for speaking parts will be held on June 26 after Vacation Bible School. For more information, email Karen at or Diana at

Interested in volunteering? Please find the Teen Music Camp Volunteer Form and Adult Music Camp Volunteer Form here!


ADP_headerA Disciple’s Path is a 7-week course designed to help you discover the next step in your spiritual journey. In this class, you’ll practice spiritual disciplines that will help you to center your life in Christ, worship more fully, grow in your faith, identify your spiritual gifts, find a place to serve, and invite others to faith in Christ. Sun, 5-6:30pm, May 31-July 12. Materials are available in the bookstore. Register here.

Check out our adult classes and groups for ways to help you grow in your faith, read and study Scripture, or learn more about our Methodist heritage.

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, July 12, 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, June 28, from 5-7pm in C-201D (the Wesley Center). 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 July 12. Childcare provided by advance registration. Call Diana at 863-686-3163 to register or register here.

View the 2014-2015 Fine Arts Season Brochure 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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