Considering a visit to First United Methodist? If so, we hope you’ll find the answers to these frequently asked questions helpful. If you have a question not answered below, please contact Diana Russell, Director of Newcomer Ministries (drussell@firstumc.org or 863-686-3163). We hope to see you soon!

Sunday Worship

When and where are services? We offer four services - two traditional services at 8:15 & 11am in the Sanctuary and two contemporary services at 9:30 & 11:20am in the Fellowship Center. For more information about worship, click here. Click here for an interactive map of the campus.

How can I watch worship live or view past services online? Click here.

Where can I park? Click here for an interactive map with parking areas indicated.

How do I know where to go when I get there? Click here for an interactive map of the campus. You will also find signs placed around the campus.

What should I wear? This is home to believers of all different backgrounds. People wear a wide range of attire from jeans or shorts to dresses and suits. Please wear what makes you most comfortable.

What do you have available for children during worship? Children are welcome in worship and we offer activity bags for children to use during services. Our Nursery is available for children age six weeks through four years old on the ground floor of the C building. Click here for a campus map.

Beliefs

What do United Methodists believe? The mission of the global United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our church strives to fulfill this mission by living and sharing the love of Christ with joy across the street and around the world.

The purpose of First United Methodist is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We strive to accomplish this by being a worship plus three church. This means that we believe worship is of prime importance and our foundation. In addition, we are to invite others into a relationship with God, grow in our own relationship with God and our neighbor and serve others as a continued sign of God’s work in our lives.

I’m not a Methodist – can I take Communion at your church? All are welcome at Christ's Table. You do not need to be a member of this Church, a United Methodist Church or any Church to participate. Grape juice and bread or gluten free crackers are used during the service of Holy Communion.   

Will your church accept me as I am? Yes! We welcome you to come as you are. We strive to live according to the example provided by Jesus, who embraced strangers without judgment or scorn and without expectations beyond "Love God and love others as you love yourself." As imperfect humans, we don't always get this right but our intention is that everyone is welcome at our church, and our hope is that you will find this to be a place of safety without judgment or expectation that you conform to a particular standard.

 

Ministries for All Ages

How does the church strive to keep children and youth safe? Children and youth are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Since 1996, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church has mandated that each local congregation have a child/youth protection policy (“CYPP”). All employees and volunteers within the local church who work with children or youth are required to review and acknowledge their church’s CYPP on an annual basis.

What's Next?

How do I meet people? There are many ways to meet people as you become engaged in the ministry of the church, including community groups, classes and service opportunities. For help getting connected, contact Diana Russell, Director of Newcomer Ministries (drussell@firstumc.org or 863-686-3163).

Can I get involved in the life of the church without becoming a member? You are welcome here no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. You do not have to be a member to participate in worship, activities, small groups or classes.

What are the steps to membership? We invite you to Explore First to learn more about the church and meet members of our staff. Then, if you decide to join the church, come to Coffee with the Pastors to learn about membership expectations.