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.
After seeing children at a bus stop in sweltering heat, a congregation launches a campaign to provide them with bottled water.
Brevard Mission Week at Suntree UMC, Melbourne, turns youth camp into a loud proclamation of Jesus' love.
A Tallahassee church's quest for an organist leads to answered prayers for both the congregation and a musician from the Ukraine.
Inverness congregation turns the loss of its church sanctuary into new ways of sharing Christ's message with the community.
Satellite Beach UMC partners with community organizations to give paramedics a way to remotely monitor patients' blood pressure – for free.
Killearn UMC, Tallahassee, comes up with its own version of "Passing the Torch," a Florida Conference program aimed at helping recent seminary students reduce education debt.
Volunteer tutors led by Nancy Plate of St. Andrew's UMC, Brandon, help children of migrant farmworkers tap into education for a better future.
VBS students at Grace UMC, St. Augustine, celebrate extravagant generosity in the form of llamas for people in need.
An 11-year-old tells a story of finding friendship, generosity and common interests in a community vastly different from his hometown.
A trip to Argentina for youth from First UMC, St. Petersburg, leads to an up-close look at Pope Francis' ministry in Rome.
Families in need line up for food at the monthly Tice UMC mobile pantry, a partnership between the church and a local food bank that keeps the community fed.
A Florida Conference congregation discovers a great outreach ministry for all ages in those little interlocking plastic blocks.
A crowd gathered to celebrate Village UMC's prekindergarten graduation witnesses the power of prayer when a child stricken by stroke walks in to collect her certificate.
A couple's love for the land spreads to a UMC across the road and launches a ministry that feeds the community and cares for the environment.
Volunteers from First UMC, Starke, take church and fellowship to Lost Valley Campground, along with meals served hot from the crockpot.
Tiny, hand-crafted angels carry the prayers of a congregation for people in the armed forces or others in harm's way.
Mary Harris was looking for a way to make a difference when she heard God's call to start a signing choir for the deaf and people with impaired vision.
First UMC, Lake City, is one of more than 35 churches celebrating milestone anniversaries that will be recognized at Annual Conference.
Yvonne Krogulski's artwork not only graces St. John's UMC's Angels Care Clinic and Project Love, but she provides free art lessons too.
A United Methodist congregation seals its ministry of emergency aid with a "wear and share" cross pendant necklace for everyone.
Volunteers turn out to help their Orlando church and community on an April weekend designated for service.
The Florida Conference and Florida United Methodist Foundation team up to serve breakfast and prayers to students during exam week.
Rev. Steve Painter and Northeast Florida United Methodist Men team up to offer free TLC to aging church buildings in the North East District.
A young adult on a mission trip discovers a specific health need for women and raises the funds to address it.
Students at the United Methodist-related university in Daytona Beach collect prayers and funds to help earthquake victims.
Rev. Tamara Isidore blazes a trail for Haitian women in the United Methodist pulpit.
Weber will begin his ministry at Riverside Retreat on May 1.
United Methodist youth and adults from Indiana spend a whirlwind spring break changing lives with First UMC, Pahokee.
Last summer, a team of five from the CCW - Campus to City Wesley Foundation in Jacksonville - took a trip to Japan to participate in ministry with Florida missionary Jonathan McCurley and his wife Satomi at the Asian Rural Institute.
Edgewater UMC will be hosting a race in Port Charlotte on May 23, and not all participants will be in attendance. "We have set this up where anyone in the world can sign up and run anytime – ...
This pastor brings lessons from Africa to his interim stint at Hyde Park UMC.
A new homeless facility nears completion at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. More than just a shelter, Open Arms Village is a comprehensive program with a mission to help homeless men and women achieve independence.
Kids help kids heal at this program founded by Van Dyke Church. The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com has the story.
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.
Cape Coral First UMC takes it to the streets, fanning out to help the community with service projects.
Rev. Haig Medzarentz, 92, has logged more than 50 years in ministry and has no plans to retire.
More than 250 people received food, shoes and a foot-check at the annual foot-washing event at First UMC, Miami.
Pastor David Ames’ essay about how God uses the simple and unexpected to open doors for ministry.
Church members make sure veterans and active duty military personnel know they're loved.
Martha Pierce, longtime camp director at Riverside Retreat, will retire April 1 and continue her Creation Care ministry in Tennessee.
A United Methodist Church partners with a community college to boost its backpack ministry outreach.
A legacy of railroad magnate and noted hotelier Henry Flagler, Grace UMC makes the most of its heritage in historic downtown St. Augustine.