Our ministry leaders have assembled these resources to help you continue to grow in your faith wherever you are. If you have questions about accessing any of the resources here, please contact the Christian Education Office at 863-686-3163 or GroupLife@firstumc.org.

For all ages

Family

Children

Youth

Adults

For all ages

Worship Online

In addition to in-person worship, we are hosting services online via Livestream on our Worship Now page. Both live and archived services are available. We Livestream traditional blended worship at 8:15am, contemporary worship at 9:30 and 11am, and our traditional service with choir and organ at 11.

Streaming Bible Study and Video Services

Amplify Media and Right Now Media are streaming video services for Bible study and faith formation. You might think of them as Netflix for Bible study.

Amplify Media streams resources from the United Methodist Publishing House. They feature authors like Adam Hamilton, Amy Jill Levine, Jim Harnish, Justin Coleman, and many more.

Right Now Media has video resources and Bible studies for all ages from a wide variety of authors. There are animated videos for kids, studies for youth, and a variety of categories for adult studies including general Bible study, women, men, marriage, and parenting.

Complete the form at the bottom of the page to request access to Amplify Media and /or Right Now Media. We will add you to the service(s), and you will receive an email from Amplify and/or Right Now to set up your account.

Family Faith Formation

Parenting Now

Parenting these days brings some additional challenges. We have some resources to help here.

The Parent Cue

The Parent Cue is a website and app that provide you with great information about your child’s age and stage in life. It provides “cues” for conversation and family activities. Find the mobile app in the Apple Store or Google Play. When you install it, be sure to search for “First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, FL” and connect to us so we can stay in touch with more information and content.

In addition to the app, be sure to check out their website, filled with lots of helpful content on parenting.

 

Children’s Faith Formation

Children’s Ministry Facebook Group

Virtual Sunday School Classrooms – If you can’t attend Sunday school in person, you can still grow in love! Interactive lessons with videos from our faith formation leaders, Bible lesson videos, activities, and more! Learn more here.

 

Youth Faith Formation

Youth Group

One United Youth (grades 6-12) meets Sunday afternoons. Check out the One United page or contact Stephanie Keen for more info.

Adult Faith Formation

Monthly Pastors’ Bible Study

The next Pastors’ Bible Studies are scheduled for Tuesday August 3 at 6:30pm.

The Women’s Study will be led by Rev. Nicki Taylor in room C-204 with an option to join via Zoom.

The Men’s Study will be led by Rev. David McEntire in room C-203 with an option to join via Zoom..

Men and women of all ages are invited to attend these studies. For more information on connecting with a particular class, email the pastors or GroupLife@firstumc.org.

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Wednesday Men’s Bible Study – Followers of the Way
Wednesdays at 12:00pm
Room C-204 or via Zoom

Join us in-person on our Lake Morton campus in room C-204 or online via Zoom. Men of all ages are welcome to join us for fellowship and study each Wednesday, 12:00-1:15pm. Bring your lunch if you would like.

We study the scripture for the upcoming Sunday’s sermon. We have a great rotating team of teachers including Rev. David McEntire, Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith, Rev. Brian Tiffany, Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin, and Dr. Kyle Fedler.

For more information, contact Warren Pattison.

Upper Room Online Resources

The Upper Room has made some prayer resources available for free. You can access them here.

The Upper Room also has a list of Resources for Spiritual Wellness During COVID-19, including online courses, available here.

Read the popular Daily Devotional and discover other prayer and devotional resources at The Upper Room.

Adult Sunday School Classes

Visitors are welcome to join any of these classes. Many of our classes have returned to a hybrid model – in-person Sunday school with the ability to continue to connect online. For more information on connecting with a particular class, email Warren.

  • BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind One To Another)
    9:30am, Hybrid Format
    In Person in Room C-207
    Online or Conference Call to (863) 250-1152
    This class offers a combination of lecture and discussion to better understand the Bible. A diverse teaching team shares when and why scripture was written and offers perspective to help understand what it means today. This class embraces the concept that God’s love excludes no one and supports several charities. Fellowship is important to this class and they hold three or four socials per year.
  • GENESIS
    9:30am, Hybrid Format
    In Person in Room C-202
    Online
    The Genesis Class is the place to be if you want a lively discussion with interesting curriculum and diverse teachers. The class is comprised of singles and couples in their 30s, 40s and 50s and supports many community groups.
  • HOMEBUILDERS
    9:30am, Online
    Online or Conference Call to (863) 250-1141
    The Homebuilders Class has been meeting since 1945 with a motto of, “We do not seek to bring Christ down to our level, but to bring us up to Christ’s level.” The Homebuilders class uses the Standard Lesson Series curriculum. Rev. Brian Tiffany leads the class, offering in-depth lectures supported by visual aids, reference material and supplemental resources. The class supports many community groups as well.
  • KOINONIA
    9:30am, Hybrid Format
    In Person in Room C-205
    Online
    Koinonia, the Greek work for “fellowship,” reflects both the attitude and mission of this class as they share life’s joys and concerns. This class has a long history as part of our church and is a growing, discussion-based class intent on in-depth Bible study as it applies to daily living. The Koinonia class enjoys social gatherings throughout the year and welcomes everyone, regardless of age.
  • SEARCHERS
    9:30am, Hybrid Format
    In Person in Room C-206
    Online
    If you are searching for a class that is vast and varied, then the Searchers Class is for you. Leadership is shared, with guest leaders and members of the class taking turns leading discussion. The class studies Bible-related literature, best-selling novels, movies related to religious issues, current events and workbooks. The Searchers Class is full of great discussion, social activities and group community projects but still small enough for friendships to bloom.
  • SENDERO
    9:30am, Hybrid Format
    In Person in Room C-204
    Online
    Sendero is the Spanish word for “path,” and the Sendero Class is a group of enthusiastic Christians mindful that we are called to follow Jesus in the way of love. This class lives and breathes the United Methodist theme of “Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors.” Class members accept individual differences and willingly share one another’s burdens. The class is discussion-oriented with a wide spectrum of views, beliefs and theology represented. Using both basic Bible study and current social issues, the class strives to grow and mature in faith. The class is comprised of singles and couples from 30-somethings to well over 65 – anyone is welcome! This is a place for everyone who wants to share their love and grow in their faith through Jesus Christ.
  • VANGUARD
    9:30am, Hybrid Format
    In Person in Room C-207
    Online or Conference Call to (863) 250-1038
    People of any age and stage of life are welcome in the Vanguard Class. Enjoy new friendships, wonderful fellowship and Bible Study in this lecture-format class. Featuring people from all walks of life, this class is for singles and couples alike, professional to retired. A retired United Methodist Bishop and several retired United Methodist pastors add biblical insight to class discussions.
Online Courses

Online Courses from Church Next

The classes below are offered through Church Next and our online learning platform. Click on a title to learn more and register. We have a variety of resources available for online study from our Wesleyan and Methodist tradition. Below is just a sample of some courses that are pertinent to our world and the life of our congregation. If you would like to participate in an online course, independent study or in a group, please contact Warren.

  • This is NOT Sunday School (click title to register)
    Even if we can’t physically worship and learn together, we can still draw closer to Jesus Christ. That’s the aim of a new learning experience called “This is NOT Sunday School.” This free, weekly online resource is intergenerational, making it a perfect tool for families and people of all ages. Each week we’ll hear from some really talented communicators as they unwrap the story of the Bible. We launch free sessions 4 days before the upcoming Sunday starting September 16 through December 20. Each week’s session features video teaching by a professional from the Christian formation network, Forma, as well as downloadable lessons and readings. Sessions use Forward Movement’s Exploring the Bible curriculum, which includes many of the most famous stories in the Bible. It’s part of Forward Movement’s free Living Discipleship series.
  • Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer (click title to register)
    Learn how to walk through our divisive political climate with grace and peace. Author and activist Parker J. Palmer shares inspirational and practical knowledge on how we might approach deep political division.
  • Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse (click title to register)
    How many of us have prayed, ‘Lord make me an instrument of your peace,’ then found ourselves in complex and polarized situations that made peace seem impossible? If so, this course is for you. No matter how far apart two sides are, there are effective strategies to bring people together. This course shows us how.
  • Prayer and Worship in Our Homes (click title to register)
    The Early Church understood the importance of drawing near to Christ when the act of physically coming together became problematic. In an age of COVID-19, our inability to draw near to one another should not affect our ability to draw near to God. This free, multi-part course is designed for Christians to use this time of separation from one another as a time of drawing near to God.

 


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