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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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Bishop Berlin visits Mt. Pleasant UMC

January 15, 2023

Members of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church filled the old, historic building with music, prayer, and laughter on Sunday morning as they welcomed the newly appointed Bishop of the Florida Conference of United Methodist Churches.

Churches add programs to start new year

January 07, 2022

Wildwood United Methodist Church launched what it calls a “multicultural” service Jan. 2, and will continue at 11 a.m. Sundays. The service was the brainchild of the Rev. Michael Beck, co-lead pastor of Wildwood UMC, and church associate pastor the Rev. Eric Wilkins.

Manatee Justice Ministry moves forward

September 01, 2021

The Manatee Justice Ministry hired Jean-Luc Adrien as its lead organizer, officially beginning its work in the county. The Justice Ministry's mission is based on Micah 6:8: “Do justice, love mercy and...

St. Mark's UMC in Ocala plans new Community Dinner night

July 27, 2021

St Marks UMC in Ocala St. Marks is adding a new Wednesday night community dinner organizers are calling The Family Table. “In times of crisis, families can be left behind,” Rev. Jill Beck said, “We ...

Shepherd's Community UMC has a heart for caring

June 17, 2021

The people of Shepherd's Community UMC in Lakeland are there in service for people who most need their help. They show that by literally being the hands and feet of Jesus as they deliver care boxes ...

"Mac Packs" helps Memorial UMC seniors stay in touch

July 13, 2020

Finding ways to connect with members of a congregation who do not use the internet is a challenge for churches in the best of times. It has been even more daunting during the COVID-19 pandemic, as ...

Souper Bowl of Caring Doubles Up

March 13, 2020

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

New fund enhances UMCOR disaster response training

February 14, 2020

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...

A Journey of Service

January 24, 2020

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 ...

Joining Hands On A Mission To Make A Difference

December 27, 2019

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 ...

On Mission In Kenya

December 20, 2019

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.

Bike ministry answers need for transportation

December 06, 2019

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.

Sanlando fulfills wish list for Christmas in July

November 08, 2019

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 items on the home’s wish list.

College Park clothing swap huge success

November 01, 2019

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 surrounding community.

Community service commitment transforms church

October 11, 2019

“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.”

Special needs daycare celebrates 30 years

October 04, 2019

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.

Seminole Heights visits sister church in Cuba

September 27, 2019

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 sister church.

Celebration UMC focuses on special needs children

September 20, 2019

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 needs.

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