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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April 02, 2015

Suncoast Kid's Place: a safe haven for grieving children

Kids help kids heal at this program founded by Van Dyke Church. The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com has the story.

March 30, 2015

Books add up for migrant children

Girl Scouts team up with St. Andrew's UMC, Brandon, to collect books and end up with more than 1,500 for children of migrant farmworkers.

March 26, 2015

Operation Love Your Neighbor

Cape Coral First UMC takes it to the streets, fanning out to help the community with service projects.

March 23, 2015

Meet the minister: still serving at 92

Rev. Haig Medzarentz, 92, has logged more than 50 years in ministry and has no plans to retire.

March 20, 2015

Foot-washing tradition forges relationships

More than 250 people received food, shoes and a foot-check at the annual foot-washing event at First UMC, Miami.

March 20, 2015

God used my tie

Pastor David Ames’ essay about how God uses the simple and unexpected to open doors for ministry.

February 27, 2015

First Oviedo's military outreach is a 'God thing'

Church members make sure veterans and active duty military personnel know they're loved.

February 27, 2015

Riverside director called to the wilderness

Martha Pierce, longtime camp director at Riverside Retreat, will retire April 1 and continue her Creation Care ministry in Tennessee.

February 27, 2015

South Shore UMC, students team up to feed hungry children

A United Methodist Church partners with a community college to boost its backpack ministry outreach.

Blessings outweigh challenges for historic church

A legacy of railroad magnate and noted hotelier Henry Flagler, Grace UMC makes the most of its heritage in historic downtown St. Augustine.

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