Services in-person & online at 8:30 and 11:00am at Florida's Oldest United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve Services

Candlelight & Communion Service
4:00 & 6:00pm | Main Sanctuary (map)
A service of candlelight, Christmas carols, children’s sermon and communion. Nursery provided for children under 5.

An ICON Christmas
5:00pm | Wesley Abbey (map)
An intimate, family-friendly, candlelight, and communion service. Includes a dynamic reading of the Christmas Story and music from the ICON Praise Band. Nursery provided for children under 5.

Choir, Candlelight, & Communion Service
8:00, & 11:00pm | Main Sanctuary (map)
A traditional service of candlelight, Christmas carols, communion, and special choral music.

Childcare & Nursery
All children are encouraged to attend worship with their families; however, nursery is provided for children under 5 at the 4:00, 5:00, & 6:00pm services. Access to the nursery, located on the 1st floor of the Education Building (indicated in red on map), will be available through the gym or the entrance on Belmont by the playground. If you need help locating the nursery, please see an usher or greeter for assistance.

More Services & Concerts…

Behold the Lamb of God Concert
Sunday, December 10 | 6:00pm | Wesley Abbey (map)
This folksy concert features music that tells the true tall tale of the coming of Christ – from the story of Passover in the Old Testament to the birth of Jesus. Includes acoustic and electric instruments, a string quartet, organ, piano, and percussion. Please note that this concert is in place of our previously scheduled Electric Christmas Concert.

Sanctuary Choir Christmas Concert with Orchestra
Sunday, December 17 | 7:30pm | Main Sanctuary (map)
This is a traditional evening of classical Christmas favorites presented by the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir under the direction of Rick and Heidi Branch. A full professional orchestra will accompany the choir. A reception will follow the concert in The Wright Place.

Longest Night Service
Thursday, December 21 | 6:00pm | Chapel (map)
Christmas can be a painful time for some, especially for those who are grieving or in despair, so each year around the longest night, we hold a service of healing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledges God’s presence for those who mourn or struggle. All are welcome.

4th Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 24 | 11:00am | Main Sanctuary (map)
Join us for our last Advent service. This will be a combined service and we will light the 4th Advent candle, the candle of Peace. Please note that this is not a Christmas Eve service.

New Year’s Eve Service
Sunday, December 31 | 11:00am | Main Sanctuary (map)
Join us for a combined service with communion. In this service, we will commit ourselves to God for the new year.

Epiphany Concert
Thursday, January 5 | 7:00pm | Main Sanctuary (map)
Join us for a very special last concert of the season, “Journey to the Manger”, featuring local musicians from area churches.

Please visit our welcome desk in the Main Office where a greeter can assist you in learning more about First Church. You can also email our Director of Assimilation, Lacey Adair ( 

This United Methodist congregation was founded in 1821. We are the oldest Protestant church in the area and the mother church of Methodism in Florida. We’ve been here for over 200 years, and we’re looking forward to 200 more! It’s an historic church that preserves the past and embraces the future, and there’s a place for you here.

Click HERE for more information about regular Sunday Service times.

In addition to public street parking, we also have three main parking lots on campus (indicated in light green on map). View the map below to find out what options will suit you best!

We also offer Assisted Parking for those needing special assistance. To take advantage of this program, you can pull your car into the spaces marked by an “Assisted Parking” sign directly in front of The Wright Place (marked with a blue dot on the map). You will be greeted by a volunteer that will assist you out of the car if you need it. We’ll also have wheelchairs available curbside for your assistance should you need one. Contact Jennifer Piver ( with any questions.