First, we want to thank you for visiting the website of First United Methodist Church in Plant City! Secondly, we hope that whether you are just curious or seriously seeking a church home, you give FUMC Plant City a visit. The info below will help with expectations for Sunday mornings. But, we've got plenty going on throughout the week!
Steps To Visiting Sunday Morning
- 1.Choose a Worship Service
There are two services on Sunday morning - a contemporary-style 9:00 a.m. worship in the Wesley Centre (live praise band with instruments, modern, soft Christian rock music, informal atmosphere); and a traditional service in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m (organ music, hymn singing, choir, liturgy, etc). The sermon is the same for all the services. If it will be your first time visiting, we'd love for you to show up 10-15 minutes early and enjoy our Coffee Oasis - some light breakfast food, juices, and coffee located in the Wesley Centre.
2. Arrive and Get Situated
Parking for guests is available in the church's parking lot located off of W Mahoney (between the Wesley Centre Building and the Educations/Sanctuary building). Additional parking is available along N Evers St. in front of the church campus and four municipal parking lots north, east, south, and west of the campus. North is the Sunshine State Credit Union lot. To the south is the Sun Trust Bank lot. To the west is the City Hall building lot. Once parked, the Coffee Oasis is available (inside Wesley Centre), other members and guests hang-out in the same area, and the children/nursery rooms are open. The services start promptly, so make sure you grab a seat a few minutes early! Here's a map to help.
3. What to Wear?
Dress comfortably! One of the great things about FUMC Plant City is guests don't have to worry about being judged by others. Most of the members in the Contemporary Service dress casual or business casual. Hot summer months often find shorts-wearers and sandals. If you feel the need to dress a bit more formal, that's great! The Traditional Service tends to lean to the business formal, Sunday dresses, ties, slacks, etc, but, again, there is no dress requirement.
Children often play games and handle things like Playdoh, markers, and other not-so-tidy items, so comfortable, casual, play clothes are recommended. Youth also dress everyday-casual. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, collared shirts, sandals, or sneakers.
4. Where Do Children Go?
Both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services offer childcare. Bring your children to the worship service first - we enjoy seeing the kids and spending a short time with them. During the first portion of the services we worship God through singing. After we spend that time together, the children are dismissed to go to Kid's Worship for the remainder of the service.
The nursery is available just before the 9:00 a.m. service if you wish to drop off your child beforehand. This also lasts the entirety of the service and is located in the Wesley Center.
attend the adult worship services.
5. Celebrate Through Worship!
We realize being a guest at a new church for the first few times can be intimidating, especially not knowing the flow of worship, traditions of that particular church, or even the person sitting next to you, but we hope that doesn't deter you from the experience of being surrounded by a Holy presence. Worship is a time to be thankful for the good things in your life, a time to be with others doing the same thing in a loving, positive environment. It's also a time to learn more about what that means. Remember that worship is filled with many people all in different places in their lives -- many that have known Jesus Christ for years, and many more who are just beginning to find out who He is. Enjoy your time, don't feel pressured, and talk to those around you!
A common theme you'll notice at our church is breaking larger groups into smaller ones to form tighter, more effective relationships. A great chance to experience one of them is through Sunday School. While the Youth and Children have their own Sunday school times, there are five adult classes offered at 10:00 a.m. - right after the contemporary 9:00 a.m. service.
Sunday School Classes, Location, and Teachers
*All classes start at 10:00 a.m. and end in time for the 11:00 a.m. service.
- Open Door - 1st Floor, Room 120, Education Building - Bonnie Bullard
John Wesley - 1st Floor, Room 121, Education Building - Shirley Robertson
Seekers - 1st Floor, Room 118, Education Building - Larry Jackson
Young Adult - 1st Floor, Room 115, Education Building - Ed Castleberry
The LOFT Youth Sunday School - 3rd Floor, Wesley Centre - Philip Brooks
Children's Sunday School - 2nd Floor, Wesley Centre - Brian Walden
What Happens Beyond Sunday?
There is a Small Group offered for most days of the week (some days more than one group meet). Many at different times of the day - morning, noon, and evening. Check out more on Small Groups - see what they're about, what they do, and when they meet and who to contact.
We have lots of volunteering opportunities with Get Involved at First United Methodist Church of Plant City!, and through our many Ministries. Take a look at how you can
Becoming a Member
We are so thankful to God that He is working in all of our lives that you, or you and your family, are considering joining our family. We embrace anyone and everyone who step through our doors. The first step to becoming a member is to contact the church office and set up a time to talk to our Pastor.
New Member Orientation Classes are available for adults - this is a great time to get to know, not only some of our current members, but others who are new to the church. These classes are offered several times a year and provide an inside look to our church, what we believe, WHO we believe in, and how you will be a part of it.
Confirmation Classes, also scheduled throughout the year, is a program for teenagers that, like the New Member classes, give a look at who and what we believe in, our responsibilities as Christians, and how these teens WILL impact the world - along with the tools needed to impact responsibly.
There's plenty more - snoop around, soak us in, and if you have any questions, contact us!.