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Children's Creative Collective

September 6th - May 16th, 2018

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Cost of Poverty Experience

October 1st, 2017

Are you ready for a life changing experience?

The Cost of Poverty Experience offers a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in our community. It is a look into the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact these families every day. The CareSource Foundation has partnered with Think Tank to develop COPE, which was co-designed with low-income individuals who have shared their story so that participants could gain greater understanding.  Many organizations and communities across the nation use COPE to work more effectively with low-income families to understand and address the issues of poverty more comprehensively.


Youth Ministry: 2017 - 2018 Mission Leadership Team

October 1st - May 31st, 2018


What is Mission Leadership Team?

Mission Leadership Team (MLT) is a discipleship program for 11th and 12th grade youth who want to explore their faith by learning to seek and love God, love and serve people. Participants commit to attending all MLT meetings, youth group participation, and regular forms of leadership and service at First Church.

What are the MLT meetings about?

Each meeting will have a different focus of faith exploration. It's a chance to try and answer some questions about who God has created you to be, prior to graduating from high school. The goal is to try and answer the question, "who am I" as God's creation?

What are the MLT requirements?

To participate in Mission Leadership Team and to attend the summer MLT mission trip, the following requirements must be met:

  • 100% attendance at scheduled MLT meetings
  • At least 65% attendance at Youth Group
  • At least one monthly act of leadership at First Church (select using the "Add On" options while registering)

What about the MLT mission trip?

MLT participants who meet all requirements can attend the Mission Leadership Team Mission Trip. This year we will serve with Renewed Hope Missions in the Dominican Republic.

Note that the dates listed are placeholders until flights are booked. This usually occurs in late January. Please keep the entire span of dates open and notify Justin immediately if there are any conflicts.

What are the MLT meeting dates and how much does the trip cost?

The total Mission Leadership Team Mission Trip is $1,500 and can be split up with five $300 payments due during the first five MLT meetings:

  • September 10, 2017 - Meeting 1 - $300 Due (rescheduled to 9/17 due to Irma)
  • October 1, 2017 - Meeting 2 - $300 Due
  • November 5, 2017 - Meeting 3 - $300 Due
  • December 3, 2017 - Meeting 4 - $300 Due
  • February 11, 2018 - Meeting 5 - Final Balance Due
  • April 8, 2018 - MLT Meeting 6
  • May 20, 2018 - Mission Trip Training
  • May 31 - June 6, 2018 - Tentative Mission Trip Dates

Participation on the Mission Leadership Team Mission Trip also comes with a $200 discount on the cost of the High School Mission Trip. You will receive a discount code when that trip begins registration. The High School Mission Trip is not included in the $1,500 MLT trip payments.


  • In order to attend a Retreat or Mission Trip with First United Methodist Church of Orlando, an existing relationship with the church is required.
  • Partial scholarships are available by request and need.
  • For help navigating our registration system, please read this guide.
  • If you have questions prior to registering, please contact Justin Cox.
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Reformation Class

October 4th - October 25th, 2017

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this fall, and Rev. Ron Lee, retired Lutheran minister and First Church member, will lead us in a four-week class about Martin Luther and this transformative period within the Christian faith and tradition. Weekly themes will include Scripture, Grace, Jesus, and the Sacraments. The class will meet on Wednesdays in October at 6:15pm in the Chapel.

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Children's Christmas Program

October 8th - December 3rd, 2017

"Light of the World", a musical composed by Mark Patterson, combines original songs and familiar carols from around the world to tell the Christmas story. Through narration, drama, and song, children share how Jesus came to be the "Light of the World" over 2000 years ago. The narration begins with the story of creation, turns to the prophetic words of Isaiah, and then recounts the events of Jesus' birth. Throughout the musical, a single burning candle symbolizes the light of Christ. This light is to be shared with the congregation at the close of the musical with an invitation to "take the light" out into the world.