First United Methodist Church - Lakeland, Florida

We hope you’ll join us for worship Christmas Week.

Friday, December 23

  • Christmas Eve Eve Service, 6pm in the Fellowship Center. Come dressed as your favorite character from the nativity: angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, wise men/women and animals of all kinds are welcome. If you don’t have a costume, no worries – we have some to share.

Saturday, December 24

  • Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 5pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare available for children age six weeks to four years old.
  • Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 7pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare available for children age six weeks to four years old.
  • Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 9pm in the Fellowship Center.
  • Holy Communion Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 11pm in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, December 25

  • Family Sunday School, 9:30am in the Fellowship Center (all ages welcome).
  • Family Worship, 11am in the Sanctuary. Bishop Ken Carter will preach.

stewardship-treeGrow in Grace, Grow in Giving

Click here to access a printable version of the 2017 Operating Budget Pledge Card that contains a reference chart for easily estimating what percentage of your annual income your gift is equivalent to.

To visit our Online Giving page, please click here.

If you have questions regarding your pledge, please contact Karrianne Cagle (863-686-3163 or kheide@firstumc.org).

Thank you!


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.”


The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle is a century-old Christmas symbol, helping shoppers remember the needy during the holiday season by raising funds to help families in need at Christmas and throughout the year. Our church will be ringing the bell at the Grove Park Publix (1617 US Highway 98 S) starting on Monday, November 28, at 10am. You can sign up to ring the bell in two-hour shifts til 8pm each evening through Christmas Eve (with the exception of Sundays).

We will be using the Volunteer Pro Scheduling website to schedule shifts this year. If you are not registered on this website (also used to schedule greeters and bookstore volunteers), register here. If you are, click here to select your shift. You may also contact Lea Ellen (863-686-3163 or ldewitt@firstumc.org). Thank you!


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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 November 13. Childcare is provided by advance registration. Call Diana at 863-686-3163 to register or register here.


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