Read the latest update (3 April) from Rev. David McEntire to the people of First United Methodist Church.

Due to public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak, we are suspending our gatherings, including worship, until further notice. Please continue to monitor public health announcements and adhere to CDC guidelines for combating the spread of coronavirus.

We are hosting services online via Livestream on our Worship Now page. Both live and archived services are available. Our Contemporary Service will be live streamed at 9:30am Sundays and will be ASL interpreted. Our Traditional Service will be live streamed at 11:00am Sundays. Please join us online from your home.

Holy Week services, including links to worship, are listed here. We also have daily at-home activities for individuals and families during Holy Week.

Online and downloadable faith formation resources are available for all ages. These include Bible studies, at home activities, and streaming video resources. We hope these will provide you with ways to stay connected and grounded in these days.

All groups, gatherings, events, and classes are suspended until further notice.

Those looking for Twelve Step and recovery groups may visit these sites to find online meetings:

CALENDAR UPDATES (as of 3 April 2020, 4:45pm)

This Sunday begins Holy Week, leading us toward Easter, the ultimate victory which God has given us over darkness, fear and death. In this time, please see our complete listings of online worship, study and activities to strengthen you during Holy Week and Easter. Your pastors and staff have been spending a lot of time in prayer and planning. We have been praying for you, our congregation, for our community, our nation and the world. And, we have been planning for ministry shared in online and virtual settings.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with governmental mandates, we will continue to suspend all onsite activities and worship through and including April 30. As we approach that date, we will continue to re-evaluate the directives and safety of our congregation and community, quite possibly extending the time we pause all onsite activities. This is hard for us all, especially as this period includes Holy Week and Easter. While we will celebrate Easter with online worship, this does not preclude us having another ‘Resurrection Celebration’ once we are allowed to gather again. We will let you know once it is safe to gather onsite once again.

We continue to worship together online. You can also go directly to our Livestream page where you can find upcoming and previously-recorded archived services. You can also participate in worship on our church Facebook page.

Sunday School and Small Groups
Face-to-face Sunday school classes for all ages are suspended for the time being. Many adult groups have moved to conference calls or Zoom video conferencing for their class sessions and continue to stay in touch via email and phone. Please contact your class leader for information on how to stay in touch with your group. Children’s Sunday school lessons and videos are available on our online faith formation page.

Children, youth, and adult programs, Bible studies. and small groups are happening online. We have online and downloadable faith formation resources available. These include options for online group or individual study, streaming videos, and family at-home activities.

Our Restored online study is available and we welcome any adult who would like to join this self-paced course around Tom Berlin’s book Restored.

First Steps Preschool
First Steps Preschool is closed for the time being. First Steps will reopen as soon as we are able.

Neighborhood Ministries
Following the lead of Polk County Public Schools, Neighborhood Ministries will be suspended for the time being, through at least April 30.

Our Giving Tree Bookstore and Gift Shop is closed for the time being.

All on-campus groups and meetings are currently suspended through at least April 30.


72 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, Florida 33801
(863) 686-3163
Fax (863) 686-8614

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