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.
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 ...
Trinity UMC in DeLand gets creative with church during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While NFL teams were playing to win the Super Bowl, youth from Palm Coast UMC scored a big victory over hunger.
The church will join with UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital to cohost a Suicide Prevention Forum on March 10.
Four Pinellas County United Methodist Churches are combining forces to pack 100,000 meals for those who are "food insecure."
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 ...
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...
Dog lovers more faithful church attendees than cat owners? That’s what one study says
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 ...
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 ...
Bees are vital to the environment. A grant will enable the South Lakeland church to further Creation Care by building a beehive community
Those in need can receive an array of services for free, from hot meals to haircuts and more.
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 ...
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.
First United Methodist Church of Clearwater has three different worship services, and that can sometimes lead to a feeling of separation among members.
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.
For 25 years North Naples UMC outreach offers hand-made prayer shawls to show God’s love
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 ...
Soon after Deer Lake began the study of Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Prayer, members began to experience miracles, both small and large.
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.
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.
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 workplace.
Hands of Healing concentrates on missions to Guatemala using an in-country organization whose main concern involves the bigger picture for the Mayan population.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
About 25 percent of the church’s regular attendees are in some way involved in the music ministry, Music Minister David Golden said.
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.
Anchored in the credo of welcoming the stranger, the ministry feeds the hungry until they aren’t anymore.
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.
Christians are question-mark people. We put question marks where others have put periods. We walk by faith, not by sight.
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.
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 truly are.
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.
The VBS program celebrates remembering what God has done in the lives of His people.
Some of the Ocean View residents had trouble reading and holding their hymnals, due to the small print and the heavy weight.
First UMC Gainesville is launching an Arts Academy to minister to the east side of town, beginning with music lessons.
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 city’s historical district.
Homelessness is a chronic problem throughout Central Florida, and it offers an opportunity for United Methodists to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
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.
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 Methodist Children’s home.
The Needle Arts Group helps raise awareness about congenital heart disease.
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.
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
VBS has been transformed into a “Serve Your World Camp,” with the idea that no one is ever too young to serve.
Students learned about manna from heaven and the exodus of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and their flight through the parted Red Sea.
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.
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 less-fortunate citizens of Pasco County.
The congregation learned of the love Native Americans have for Jesus and how they incorporate their Christianity with their tribal customs.