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.
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.
Advent Sermon Series
Begins Sunday, November 27
Join us as we focus on the Incarnation – God Coming Closer. Each week, God will move closer, until Christmas. The Eternal Christ, The Christ of Creation, The Christ of the Prophets, and The Christ with Us. We hope you’ll worship with us each week throughout Advent.
Advent Centering Prayer
Thursdays in December | Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22
Begin the season of advent with a time of quiet prayer and contemplation. Beginning Thursday, December 1 and continuing each Thursday through Christmas, we’ll meet in the chapel from 5:30 – 6:30 pm to observe the ancient Christian practice of Centering Prayer.
Advent Family Fun Night
Friday, December 2 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Join us for a fun evening of activities, crafts, and holiday treats. The fun takes place in the Gathering Space. Invite a friend to join you! Please register for this event by clicking here.
Monday, December 12 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Free
Experience the hope and promise of a new day as First Church presents Dan Forrest’s Lux: The Dawn from on High. Featuring the First Church Orlando concert choir, soloists, and instrumentalists, conducted by Jason Locker; the Wesley Ringers and Sanctuary Bells, conducted by Mark Becker; and the Modern Worship Team, led by Aaron W. Penfield.
Free parking available in the seven-floor Seaside parking garage on the corner of Jackson Street and Magnolia Avenue (access on Jackson Street). Childcare will also be available during the concert.
Pastor’s Book Club
Our next book is titled Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, by Adam Hamilton.. The book is available through various online outlets. Please read the whole book prior to our meeting, Thursday, January 12, 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.