First United Methodist Church - Lakeland, Florida

Play & Pray is not just a playgroup – it’s a playgroup with a purpose. You’re invited to join us on Thursdays starting January 26 from 9am-10:30pm. Let us know you’re coming by registering here and feel free to contact Cristi Moore (cmoore@firstumc.org) or Molly McEntire (mmcentire@firstumc.org) at 863-682-1912 with any questions you may have. We hope to see you soon!


Registration is now open for the Carol Marsh Kids2Camp 5k Run/Walk taking place at 8am on Saturday, February 18, 2017. This annual event raises crucial funds used to send children and youth to Warren W. Willis summer camp in Leesburg, a week-long opportunity for them to unplug and experience God in fresh ways without the distractions of everyday life. The 5k will start here at First United Methodist and the route will lead participants through the historic Lake Morton district. The fee to participate is just $20 for ages 10 and up ($10 for children up to age nine).

Many volunteers are needed to help with setup, cleanup and to cheer participants on and keep them safe at the many intersections along the route. To volunteer, contact Carrie Vessels, Race Coordinator, at 863-528-2047 or email kids2camp@firstumc.org today!

Register to run or walk in the Carol Marsh Kids2Camp 5k here. If you’d prefer to print a registration form, please click here.


During January, our pastors will lead a sermon series on the Sabbath, based on the book 24/6. We have opportunities to engage in the study in small groups on Sunday morning, Tuesday at noon and Wednesday evening. You can register here.


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.”


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For 30 years, Disciple Bible Study has changed countless lives. We know life is busy, so we’ve reworked this transformational Bible study to fit busy schedules without sacrificing committed study. Through daily Bible readings and 24 weekly 90-minute group meetings, you’ll gain a better grasp of the Bible and discover how you can better love God and others. Sundays, 5-6:30pm, starting Oct 30. Register here.


A Call to Remember and Respond A Prayer of LamentClick the images to enlarge to read the text of Rev. David McEntire’s “A Call to Remember and Respond” and Rev. June Edwards’ “A Prayer of Lament” from July 10, 2016.


Men of all ages are invited to this study focused on the issues in a man’s life. It is designed for men who are seeking to grow in their relationship with God and with others. There is honest talk about relationships, marriage, jobs, friends, habits and faith. We live in a world which offers many temptations and much compromise, but as Christians we are called not be conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) Open to all men, this Bible study gives men the opportunity to grow in faith and learn from God’s word n fellowship with other men. Unless schedule dictates otherwise, we will meet on the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm. You can read more and register here.


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Looking for a study group, class, or small group ? Check out our listing by day here.


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, January 22, 2017 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, January 8, 2017 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 January 22. Childcare is provided by advance registration. Call Diana at 863-686-3163 to register or register here.


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