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

Wednesday Nights

WEDNESDAY DINNER

5:00 – 6:00pm
Come and enjoy a meal and fellowship with your church family! Registration requested.


Adult classes – Starting October 12
6:00 – 7:00pm

The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values to Root Us in the Way of Jesus
Led by Donell Seager, Spiritual Director at Center for Sacred Space
2nd Floor Wright Place, Room WP204

Most believers live in a state of “being a Christian” without ever being deeply formed by Christ. Our pace is too frenetic to be in union with God, and we don’t know how to quiet our hearts and minds to be present. Our emotions are unhealthy and compartmentalized. We are lost when faced with reconciling our Christian beliefs and the complexities of race, sexuality, and justice. We feel unable to love well or live differently from the rest of the world–to live as people of the good news. In this powerful and practical debut book, New York pastor Rick Villodas says we must make space to allow God to restore balance, focus, and meaning for our souls. Join us as we journey through The Deeply Formed Life and learn the tools needed to be deeply formed by Christ in this frenetic world. (Books will be purchased for those who register.)

The Book of Isaiah
with Rev. Dr. Mark LaBranche, Ordained Elder
2nd Floor Wright Place, Room WP206
What is a Prophet in the Hebrew Tradition? Who was Isaiah and what was his message to Israel, and to us today? As we prepare for the season of Advent, what does it mean to wait? How are we called to wait? Join us as we seek to answer these and other questions as we explore the book of Isaiah.

Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in Anxious Times 
Led by Rev. Jenny Medley, Ordained Deacon
2nd Floor Wright Place, Room WP203

At one of the lowest points in Henri Nouwen’s life, he gave a series of lectures on the importance of following Jesus in an age of anxiety. Drawn from those talks, this new work reveals what sustained Nouwen to remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus and led him to become an icon of compassion and vulnerability. Here, he writes eloquently about calling and purpose, fear and hope. And he explains why – with so many choices available to the 21st-century seeker – the greatest reward for those looking for spiritual direction is rediscovering Jesus’ teaching on love. Along the way, Nouwen offers warm, insightful, practical habits to help listeners navigate the narrow, sometimes arduous, but ultimately fulfilling road of conviction and faith. (Books will be purchased for those who register.)

NOW ON WEDNESDAYS! – What Loss Can Teach Us
Led by Abbi & Chris Shawyer
2nd Floor Wright Place, Room WP205
“What Loss Can Teach Us” deals with all types of loss from death & divorce to retirement, or loss of relationships and identity. The facilitators hope that this book study will bring people together to share their losses in all of its forms; and that through this book and shared experiences you will better understand how God can help us heal and grow.

UMC 101: What’s Happening In the UMC? 
Wesley Abbey
Do you want to learn more about the United Methodist Church and what is happening in it?
Oct. 12 – History of Methodism with the Rev. Brandon Bures
Oct. 19 – Mission of Methodism with the Rev. Emily Kincaid
Oct. 26 – Theology of Methodism with Dr. Geoffrey Lentz
Nov. 2 – A Sung Faith with Dr. Rick Branch
Nov. 9 – Connectionalism with the Rev. Emily Kincaid
Nov. 16 – United Methodist Present and Future with Dr. Geoffrey Lentz

We offer Wednesday evening nursery for Infants – 2 years old for parents attending classes and choir practice. No registration required.


WEEKLY ADULT CHOIR REHEARSAL

Wednesdays | 6:15 – 7:45pm | Choir Room
Weekly rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:45pm. No experience needed. Open to all adults and sings at either the 8:30am or 11:00am worship services.


Mid-Week: Kids & Students

Wednesdays, August 17 – November 16
We offer something for all ages on Wednesday Nights at First Church!

First Kids

5:30/6:00 – 7:15pm
All children, 3 years old – 4th grade are invited to join us for our mid-week programming designed just for them.

Register

First Students

6:00 – 7:15pm
Tweens and Mid-High are invited to join us in the Youth Building for fellowship, games, learning, and worship.

REGISTER

Nursery

6:00 – 7:15pm
We offer Wednesday evening nursery for Infants – 2 years old for parents attending classes and choir practice.

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