The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has brought disruptions and adjustments to daily life for all of us. Our ministry leaders have assembled these resources to provide you with ways to continue to grow in your faith in these days. Being stuck inside doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in your faith! Below are resources to help children, youth, adults and families grow in their love of God and their neighbors. While we may not be able to gather face-to-face, we know that God is always present with us. 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.
Holy Week At Home Activities
We have assembled a collection of activities for you and your family to commemorate the events of Holy Week. There is something for each day of Holy Week. Most are simple and require little preparation. There will also be an order of service posted to observe an Easter Vigil in your home. This will require a bit more preparation on your part, but will make your Holy Week and Easter experience that much more powerful.
For all ages
We are hosting services online via Livestream on our Worship Now page. Both live and archived services are available. Our Contemporary Service will be streamed live at 9:30am Sundays. Our Traditional Service will be streamed live at 11:00am Sundays. Here is a handy sermon notes page for kids worshiping with you.
Streaming Video Services
Amplify Media streams resources from the United Methodist Publishing House, including Deep Blue Kids (our children’s Sunday school curriculum), youth studies and adult studies. 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
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.
Illustrated Ministry Resources
- Prayers for When You Feel Anxious
- Weekly Emailed Coloring Pages
When you sign up, you will immediately receive a meditative coloring page in the confirmation email. Then you will receive a weekly email on Fridays that includes FREE faith formation resources for all ages. NOTE: Anyone who signs up on this link will not be added to Illustrated Ministry’s email list. You will only receive the Free Weekly Resources emails and not their regular newsletter. Once Illustrated Ministry stops offering this service, they will delete all of the email addresses, unless you decide you want to continue hearing from them and opt-in to their list.
Children’s Faith Formation
NEW Children’s Ministry Facebook Group
Our team has launched a NEW Facebook Group for conversation around how we can best support you and your family in this time. We would love to see you there. It is a closed group, and is a separate group from our Children’s Ministry Facebook page.
Deep Blue Resources
We use Deep Blue for our children’s Sunday school. You can continue with these lessons at home.
Here are the lessons for upcoming Sundays.
- March 29 (Session 5) Video (Log in to Amplify Media before clicking)
- March 29 (Session 5) Lesson
- March 29 (Session 5) Activity
- April 5 (Session 6) Video (Log in to Amplify Media before clicking)
- April 5 (Session 6) Lesson
- April 5 (Session 6) Activity
- April 12 (Session 7) Video (Log in to Amplify Media before clicking)
- April 12 (Session 7) Lesson
- April 12 (Session 7) Activity
Youth Faith Formation
One United Youth (grades 6-12) is meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 5pm.
There are Zoom hang times for middle school on Wednesdays at 3pm and for high school on Thursdays at 3pm.
Confirmation Classes will be meeting online via Zoom on Wednesdays at 6pm.
Contact Dave Jans for information on accessing these Zoom meetings.
Adult Faith Formation
Restored Online Study
Our community groups and classes have suspended meeting face-to-face, but you can participate in the online study of Tom Berlin’s book Restored.
Upper Room Online Devotional
Read the popular Daily Devotional and discover other prayer and devotional resources at The Upper Room.
Church Next Courses
Church Next has many wonderful courses both free and paid. Below are three of their current free course offerings.
- Prayer and Worship in Our Homes
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.
- Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer
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
How many of us have ever prayed, ‘Lord make me an instrument of your peace,’ then found ourselves in complex and polarized situations that made peace seem impossible? 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.