Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Orlando!
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, 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.
Here’s a quick guide to your first visit with us:
We are located at 142 E. Jackson St. in Orlando, FL 32801 in Downtown Orlando. The church office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
9:30 am Modern Worship | Second Floor Contemporary Worship Center
Our 9:30 am worship is a modern service, held in our Contemporary Worship Center (on the second floor), filled with music provided by the praise band and messages from our pastors. Communion is celebrated during this service on the first Sunday of each month.
11:00 am Traditional Worship | First Floor Sanctuary
Our 11:00 am worship, held in our Sanctuary, blends traditional liturgies, creative worship arts including vocal choirs, instrumental ensembles, organ, drama, and the Word of God in scripture and sermon. Communion is celebrated during this service on the first Sunday of each month.
Can’t make it to a Sunday service? Our sermons are available online!
Tuesdays from 12:15 – 12:45 pm | First Floor Chapel
Our Midday Meditation service, held in our Chapel (accessible from the Courtyard) is a time of silence, focused meditation, and prayer.
Our main parking option for Sunday morning worship is in the seven-floor Seaside parking garage (closes at 1:00 pm) on the corner of Jackson Street and Magnolia Avenue (access on Jackson Street across from our Wesley Center).
Sunday parking options for those with limited mobility or families with small children:
- Below our building in the underground garage (70 parking spaces).
- The surface parking lot at the Wesley Center building on Jackson Street.
During the week, there are nine spaces in front of our church building at the Jackson Street entrance, which are used for short-term parking (30 minutes or less). On Sundays, this lot is reserved for those with limited mobility. Our underground garage is also available during the week.
Monday through Saturday, on-street parking is metered and enforced by the City of Orlando while Sunday on-street parking is free.
During worship services, we offer nursery and child care programs for children 8 weeks old through 5th grade. The nursery is located on the second floor in the Children’s ministry wing. For more information, visit our nursery and child care page.
For events other than Sunday morning worship, pre-registration is required to ensure childcare is available for your child.
Children (Pre-K through 5th grade)
The Children’s Ministry of First Church guides children through fifth grade to seek and love God and love and serve people. Our Children’s Ministry creates ways for children to know and accept the love of Christ. Led by the Minister of Children, Youth, and Families, Justin Cox, and the Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry, Yameley Bouquet.
Visit our Children’s Ministry page for more information about upcoming events.
Youth (6th through 12th grade)
The Youth Ministry of First Church is committed to helping youth seek and love God and love and serve people. Led by the Minister to Youth and Families, Justin Cox, Youth Ministry creates ways for youth to explore a relationship with Christ and build relationships with other Christ-following youth and adults.
Visit our Youth Ministry page for more information about upcoming events.
Young Adults (20’s and 30’s)
This group gets together weekly for conversation and community at Rockpit Brewing on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm.
For more information and updates on the weekly hangout, join our Young Adults Facebook group.
We offer a variety of learning opportunities for adults, for a listing of the groups that meet regularly, click here. For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact us using the form below and we will connect you with a group leader.