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

Main Sanctuary Reopening

” ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:9
Dear Friends, 

We have exciting, good news for you! A day we have been praying for is almost here.– we are returning to our beloved sanctuary for worship! Praise God!

For over a year First Church has been without our familiar sacred space of worship. The word sanctuary became less about place and more about practice as our community connected and cared for each other through some of the most difficult times. Like many other congregations throughout the pandemic, we came together virtually on Sunday mornings. In September 2020, Hurricane Sally created yet another obstacle. Our beautiful campus sustained damages leaving our Sanctuary in need of repairs. 

After two months of renovations, the clergy and staff of First Church are excited to announce that we will resume traditional worship in our Main Sanctuary on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 8:30 & 11:00am! Please note the early service time shift to 8:30am. We will continue to offer three services each Sunday; Traditional at 8:30 & 11:00am and ICON at 11:00am. We will maintain this schedule until further notice, however, if our attendance numbers continue to grow, we will reevaluate service times. 

We are looking forward to many more years of worship in our safe and secure house of worship. May the Lord be with us as we live in this world to the Glory of God. 

God has richly blessed us. So, let us come together in worship and offer God our praise and thanksgiving! I look forward to seeing you in our sanctuary on December 12, 2021. Come, share, and rejoice! The Lord is with us!

Your Pastor,
Rev. Dr. Wesley H. Wachob
Senior Pastor