Welcome to First Church

We specifically believe God has called First Church to SEEK, LOVE, & SERVE at the urban core of Downtown Orlando. First Church is uniquely, centrally placed at the intersections of government, the arts, commerce, education, and culture. The cross in our logo also resembles the points of a compass, with arrow points directing us outward toward our neighbors. We believe our calling is to SEEK, LOVE & SERVE, as we intersect and engage each unique element of the Downtown community.

We celebrate the wonderful gift of diversity of our downtown community and world. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and all are worthy of God’s love and grace and community. We welcome and affirm the diversity of people of every sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, age, faith history, marital status, physical ability, cognitive ability, socioeconomic status and all who have been marginalized.

We are better together! You are welcome here.

Sunday Worship

Join us for Sunday worship at either 9:30 am, for modern worship in the CWC (Contemporary Worship Center) or at 11:00 am for traditional worship in the Sanctuary. We look forward to worshipping with you in person.

Not quite ready to return to in-person worship? You can watch the livestream of our 9:30 & 11:00 am worship on Facebook. Or catch the service later on our YouTube channel.

New Sermon Series

Join us for a 3-week sermon series on Christian Hospitality. We will learn about becoming a welcoming, inviting, and an adaptive church.

Series begins Sunday, August 14. We look forward to worshiping with you.

Women’s Gathering

Saturday, August 27 | 9:00 – 10:30 am

Calling all women! Join us for a women’s gathering where you will get a chance to hear an encouraging message and meet and get to know other women here at the church. Childcare will be available. Please register here.

New Member Opportunity

Saturday, September 17 | 9:00 – 11:00 am

Do you want to become a member at First United Methodist Church of Orlando? Are you interested, but not sure yet?
Join us for a brief study of the United Methodist faith and history of First United Methodist Church. Meet your pastors and learn how you can participate with the ministries of First Church through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness. Register by clicking here.

United Women In Faith (UWM)

The UWF connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship, and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local & global communities. We believe Love In Action Can Change the World! Monthly meetings are offered: 

2nd Mondays | 10:00 am | contact Marty Harrison 407.493.0571

2nd Thursdays | 10:45 am | contact Linda Palmer 407.222.2757

3rd Wednesdays | 6:00 pm | contact April Ring 407.761.1824

Pastor’s Bible Study

Begins Wednesday, September 7

Learn about the Book of Judges with Pastor Vance. Open to anyone from beginning Bible student to advanced Bible scholar.  There are two opportunities to join a class, Wednesdays at 10:00 am or 6:30 pm.   Please register for the session that works best for you (10:00 am)  OR  (6:30 pm).

Pastor’s Book Club

Our next book is titled The War For Kindness, by Jamil Zaki. The book is available through various online outlets. Please read the whole book prior to our meeting, Thursday, September 8, at noon, on Zoom. 

Looking forward to a lively conversation! Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have other “book club friends” encourage them to join this group! Click here for more info and to register.

First Church Orlando is filled with many wonderful stories of faith, love, and a passion for serving each other, our community, and the Lord.  We can all learn and be inspired by the extraordinary lives of our own church family. Listen to the My Story podcast to find out more!

You can also listen to a new weekly series titled Getting to Know Our Neighbors as well as the weekly sermon! Click here for audio podcast.

We are the beneficiaries of so much that’s been planted in this place by past generations. The forefathers and foremothers believed in us. They gave us what we have. They believed in what First Church could be. They planted, for us to enjoy. Now it’s our time. Let’s not let them down.

We believe it’s time for First Church to become debt free, so that we can dream new dreams and invest in the future!

If you have not made a debt retirement gift or pledge yet, please consider giving generously, knowing that every dollar you give goes directly to retiring the principal.  Online pledging is available click here.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or Audio Podcast and always have access to our latest sermons.

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