Local Church News

The Florida Conference is home to hundreds of local churches, ministries, clergy and lay members dedicated to making a difference in the world. Check out the stories below to see how they are sharing ideas and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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July 09, 2020

Come as you are, but stay in your car

Trinity UMC in DeLand gets creative with church during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 13, 2020

Souper Bowl of Caring Doubles Up

While NFL teams were playing to win the Super Bowl, youth from Palm Coast UMC scored a big victory over hunger.

March 06, 2020

Forum at Celebration UMC to discuss many facets of suicide

The church will join with UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital to cohost a Suicide Prevention Forum on March 10.

February 28, 2020

"Serve Pinellas" has a big plan to fight local hunger

Four Pinellas County United Methodist Churches are combining forces to pack 100,000 meals for those who are "food insecure."

February 21, 2020

Clergy burnout is real, but the UMC has a program to help

Clergy burnout is real. A Barna Group study of 320,000 Protestant church leaders in 2017 found that about 30 percent were at risk of experiencing it. And while the study also found that pastors are ...

February 14, 2020

New fund enhances UMCOR disaster response training

Seeking to support the life-changing work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), an anonymous benefactor has pledged over the next ten years the income from a $5 million asset to support...

January 31, 2020

Dog lovers more faithful church attendees than cat owners?

Dog lovers more faithful church attendees than cat owners? That’s what one study says

January 24, 2020

A Journey of Service

We are following the work of Deb Ralph of Oakhurst UMC in Seminole as she serves in the mission fields of Kenya. She left Florida in November and could stay for as long as five years. She is ...

January 17, 2020

Palm Coast UMC youth tackle homelessness with ‘stoplight bags’

Chances are you’ve seen homeless men and women panhandling at intersections across the area. Maybe you’ve handed out change or bottles of water, or maybe you’ve wanted to reach out but have not known ...

January 10, 2020

Shepherd’s UMC undertakes the “bees-ness” of protecting bees

Bees are vital to the environment. A grant will enable the South Lakeland church to further Creation Care by building a beehive community

January 03, 2020

The Third Saturday of each month is special at Orange City UMC

Those in need can receive an array of services for free, from hot meals to haircuts and more.

December 27, 2019

Joining Hands On A Mission To Make A Difference

About a decade ago, a dying church in New Port Richey reinvented itself. It became a community mission that has now served more than 50,000 meals to the needy, proving that even tiny efforts can make ...

December 20, 2019

On Mission In Kenya

Deb Ralph of Oakhurst UMC in Seminole left in November for a mission trip to Kenya, where she works in discipleship and assist Bishop Justus Bundi Miriti with the project for disabled children.

December 13, 2019

Day of service brings unity to separate worship groups

First United Methodist Church of Clearwater has three different worship services, and that can sometimes lead to a feeling of separation among members.

December 06, 2019

Bike ministry answers need for transportation

First United Methodist Church in Trinity and Hope United Methodist Church in New Port Richey have provided more than 50 bicycles in the past seven months for those who need transportation.

November 29, 2019

Busy Needles Ministry brings comfort to those who need a boost

For 25 years North Naples UMC outreach offers hand-made prayer shawls to show God’s love

November 22, 2019

“Every day is a good day to learn about Native People, communities, and issues.”

Christian Native Americans not only have their way of celebrating Jesus Christ and his teachings, but they also enjoy sharing their worship times with others and teaching them their ways. November is ...

November 15, 2019

Forty days of prayer produce unity and miracles

Soon after Deer Lake began the study of Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Prayer, members began to experience miracles, both small and large.

November 08, 2019

Sanlando fulfills wish list for Christmas in July

Sanlando UMC in Longwood has long supported the Florida Children’s Home. This year, for the first time, Sandlando’s members responded to the unusual idea of Christmas in July and came up with 417 ...

November 01, 2019

College Park clothing swap huge success

What began years back as a clothing and accessory exchange between girlfriends has turned into a hugely successful church activity that touches its pre-school teachers, congregation and the ...

October 25, 2019

Children’s Home teaches more than ‘dress for success’

The goal is to equip children who age out of the Children’s Home and go out on their own with the skills set to develop appropriate relationships with their families, their neighbors and in the ...

October 18, 2019

Anona's Hands of Healing mission trip changes lives

Hands of Healing concentrates on missions to Guatemala using an in-country organization whose main concern involves the bigger picture for the Mayan population.

October 11, 2019

Community service commitment transforms church

“When you walk through the doors, you feel the hospitality and enthusiasm; it’s contagious. The church is alive. It is phenomenal to see the turnaround our church has made.”

October 04, 2019

Special needs daycare celebrates 30 years

To date, 4,500 children have come through the learning center’s doors, and the organization has expanded to two different locations with five classes in each.

September 27, 2019

Seminole Heights visits sister church in Cuba

Rev. Willetts and her sister, Isabel Willetts, along with fellow church member Paige Carlson, flew to Cuba over the summer, then rode for two hours on a seriously bumpy road to meet members of their ...

September 20, 2019

Celebration UMC focuses on special needs children

Focusing on spiritual, emotional and physical healing led to a ministry perhaps few, if any members, had imagined. They now offer regular services and programs geared toward children with special ...

September 13, 2019

Keystone, Odessa, music ministry is rockin’

About 25 percent of the church’s regular attendees are in some way involved in the music ministry, Music Minister David Golden said.

August 26, 2019

Methodist mission in Wahneta gets new life

The Methodist campus that includes a church and community center was shuttered in 2017 after several stagnant years and flagging support from the faith-based community.

August 16, 2019

First Wauchula fights hunger in a poor county

Anchored in the credo of welcoming the stranger, the ministry feeds the hungry until they aren’t anymore.

August 09, 2019

Winter Park consignment sale supports community charities

Hannah’s Closet, a consignment event that happens over a weekend in February but takes all year to come together, focuses on supporting charities that work with women and children.

August 07, 2019

Commentary: United Methodists are question mark people

Christians are question-mark people. We put question marks where others have put periods. We walk by faith, not by sight.

July 26, 2019

St. Paul’s, Tallahassee, wins sustainability award

Church members joined forces with Sustainable Tallahassee’s Rags2Bags to replace plastic one-use grocery bags with re-usable T-shirt grocery bags using a no-sew construction.

July 19, 2019

Palm Coast youth provide relief to hurricane survivors

Our experiences that week bonded us and left us with many memories. The students and adults arrived home with strengthened friendships, deepened faith and a renewed understanding of how blessed we ...

July 12, 2019

Teens trek to Hispanic-Latin worship night

Dozens of teenagers, yes, teenagers, recently made the trek from all over Central Florida to a small town north of Winter Haven to worship God, socialize, eat and connect.

July 05, 2019

'Whooosh' came to Saint Mark, Lakeland, for VBS

The VBS program celebrates remembering what God has done in the lives of His people.

June 28, 2019

Coronado gives the song back to rehab residents

Some of the Ocean View residents had trouble reading and holding their hymnals, due to the small print and the heavy weight.

June 21, 2019

Imagination will take you everywhere

First UMC Gainesville is launching an Arts Academy to minister to the east side of town, beginning with music lessons.

May 24, 2019

Trinity receives 'Beacon of Hope' Preservation Award

The church was recognized for its involvement in preserving the unique architectural resources in the restoration of Trinity’s bell tower. The church, built in 1891, is located in the heart of the ...

May 10, 2019

FUMC Oviedo: homelessness is opportunity for ministry

Homelessness is a chronic problem throughout Central Florida, and it offers an opportunity for United Methodists to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

May 03, 2019

Music is at heart of ‘Imagine Worship’ at Slyvan Abbey

Attendance has grown steadily, especially during the month-long April concert series held on Thursdays at the Main Street Gazebo near the water in Clearwater.

April 26, 2019

Silver Palm honored as ‘Church of the Year’

A small church in Homestead with a big heart for children was recognized in March for its commitment to going above and beyond the generosity of most Florida UMCs in supporting Florida United ...

April 12, 2019

First Orlando supports ‘Little Hats, Big Hearts’ campaign

The Needle Arts Group helps raise awareness about congenital heart disease.

April 05, 2019

Cuddle Cove: space for infants in sanctuary

Every Sunday morning new moms, and some dads, gather behind a privacy screen and listen to the sermon and sing with the congregation from rocking chairs.

March 29, 2019

First Eustis tackles childhood homelessness

There are a lot of kids aging out of foster care with no place to go. Housing, like everywhere else in Florida, is either lacking or expensive

March 22, 2019

North Naples’ summer program teaches children service

VBS has been transformed into a “Serve Your World Camp,” with the idea that no one is ever too young to serve.

March 15, 2019

First Bartow students learn about Israelites’ journey

Students learned about manna from heaven and the exodus of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and their flight through the parted Red Sea.

March 01, 2019

A mailing address makes all the difference

The “mail call” idea is that the homeless, who are referred to as guests, can receive mail addressed to them in care of the church. It has turned into a lifeline for many.

February 22, 2019

Closed church reborn with heart for mission

Over the past decade, Joining Hands Mission has grown its ministry from a simple Sunday breakfast into a community-wide network of loving and caring people who provide essential services for the ...

February 15, 2019

Church enjoys Native American worship elements

The congregation learned of the love Native Americans have for Jesus and how they incorporate their Christianity with their tribal customs.

January 18, 2019

Praying in park leads to community collaboration

The idea was to pray for the community, its doctors, teachers, children and firefighters.

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