Our church ministries are organized into three pillars: Worship, Learn, and Serve
Docents:Stained Glass Tours
Ginny Sexton, 727.894.4661
Docent tours of our beautiful stained glass windows are offered every Wednesday morning, from 11:00am - 12:00pm, as well as specially requested scheduled times. We present a brief history of our church, along with significant spiritual and artistic facts about the stained glass windows.
Common Grounds & Kitchen
Each week our teams serve others in love. These teams host and serve for our Sunday mornings and Wednesday night dinners.
The Goal of the Discover First Team is to provide the opportunity for others to join us in our Mission of Disciple Making through Worship, Growth and Service. We have meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM.
Discover First plans and carries out 3 membership orientations a year, and seeks to help members find a good fit for classes and service.
During our regularly scheduled worship services and special events, ushers and greeters assist with greeting, guiding people, sharing information, collecting the offering, distributing the communion elements and offering service of any kind to insure the needs and concerns of our members and guests are met.
Our mission is to make and send young disciples of Jesus Christ into the world so they can S.H.I.N.E.: Study God’s Word, Help Others, Involve Families, Nurture a Relationship with God, Equip to Share the Gospel. Visit our Children's Page Link
Our Mission is to transition kids from an elementary knowledge of Christ and his teachings to learning what it means to be a Christian in today’s world and give them a solid grounding on the Methodist faith. We provide a safe secure environment for our Youth to have fun and learn through serving others. Visit our Youth Page Link
The mission of the school is to give children of St. Pete First and the community a solid foundation upon which to build their formal education and spiritual life. Our philosophy is to accept every child at their own level. We aim to nurture each child to their fullest potential in a loving Christian environment, while being in partnership with the church families and the families of the community. We provide an exciting and rewarding experience through a variety of activities, in a safe and secure environment.
The Discipleship Committee provides adult Christian study opportunities and encourages the spiritual growth of disciples of Jesus Christ. Our committee assists our connection group and study group leaders in reviewing potential study curriculum, in identifying and obtaining learning resources and promoting the growth of those groups. The committee’s role also includes developing other learning and spiritual growth opportunities outside of our connection groups and in our community.
Our church owns all the property on our block except the hotel on 3rd Avenue North. For many years volunteers from our church have provided all the yard services. We normally meet every other Saturday at 8:00 a.m. This is an opportunity to serve the church, get some exercise, and make some new friends.
International Missions Committee seeks to connect and equip the church family to be the hands and feet of Christ outside of our local community. We provide opportunities and equip the St. Pet First family to have a servant heart. We provide support for others to carry the great commission into the world and to be Disciples of Christ throughout the world.
Local Missions is a group of people, willing to take ownership in the process of planning and providing opportunities for our church members to reach out to those in need through local projects in order to make a small difference in someone's life and in our community.
· Habitat for Humanity work project
· Mail carriers Food Drive in May
· Summer Service Project
· Meals on Wheels - Deliver meals to the homebound.
· Ronald McDonald House – Shop, prepare and serve dinner the first Monday of every month.
Our Mission is to provide three meals per month at St Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter on the 1st Monday, 1st Tuesday and 2nd Tuesday of each month. A team of 5 to 7 cooks prepare the meals in our church kitchen. A team of 7 – 11 individuals serve the meals to between 150 – 200 people each night.
United Methodist Women is an organization dedicated to missions locally, nationally, and globally. We have eight circles as follows:
Abigail: Bible study, Bad Girls of the Bible: study club, Sew and Sows: sewing blankets and pillows for infants at All Children’s Hospital, Deborah Circle:, program speakers, mission projects, F. A.S.T. Crowd (Fellowship and Service Together), Lydia Bible Study, , Rebecca Circle.
The Counseling Center at the First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg is an outreach ministry that provides confidential counseling to individuals, couples and families by six (6) state licensed counselors. The administrative staff members are skilled in helping new clients match their concerns with the clinical expertise of the available counselors as well as local resources. Insurance, private pay and a limited amount of scholarship funds are provided to remove financial barriers to receiving the mental health care needed. Personal faith is one of the greatest resources an individual has during challenging times. The full Counseling Center team assists clients in nurturing their ability to apply their growing faith whenever possible. This begins with the first contact with the administrative assistants and extends into the private counseling sessions.
Kendra Aumack, 727.894.4661
The Prayer Group is a virtual team committed to praying for requests. These prayer warriors faithfully pray for the needs of individuals, groups and the church family as they are brought to their attention. Prayer requests are submitted through the Sr. Pastor's office
Martha Thurman , 727.527.6160
Stephen Ministry training program equips church members to provide confidential, individual Christian care to persons in our congregation and community who are experiencing some of life’s most difficult times. To become a Stephen Minister, contact Training Coordinator Martha Thurman at 727 527-6160.
To seek help from a Stephen Minister, contact Referrals Coordinator Joan Schottler at 727 527-5958.
FCN promotes health and healing practices from a Christ centered perspective by encouraging healthy lifestyles and helping people understand the relationship between lifestyle, faith and well-being. Faith Community nurses provide Christian health counseling, education, advocacy and intentional care of the spirit. Everyone in the health field is welcome to join.
Blood pressure and health information clinics are held the second Sunday of each month from 9 am until 11:30 am in the nurse’s area on the first floor.
Melrose Elementary Ministry
Scott Rutland, 727.894.4661
We support our local schools with reading programs, mentorships, fundraisers, teacher support, prayer, food, and acts of loving kindness. Please contact us if you are interested in serving others at our local elementary schools.
Pack A Snack: School Food program
Jean Audino, 727.894.4661
Pack A Snack is a ministry rooted in feeding children in need at our local elementary schools. We seek to help families and children in our community by providing bags of food for children on the weekends. Each week volunteers gather in our food pantry and pack snacks to take to the schools. Please contact us if you are interested in packing food or able to donate food.
A church safety ministry supporting all church pillars through the performance of risk assessments and crisis intervention. Our goal is to meet the expectations of our members and guests to provide a safe environment to worship or engage in a relationship with Christ while being good stewards of all that they have entrusted to us, provide meaningful and appropriate guidance and tools to volunteers and staff in the event of on and off campus event related emergencies and incidents, and reduce interruptions to the church’s ministries and mission resulting from external forces, accidents, and related financial impact.
Our ministry is comprised of, but not limited to, current and prior industry first responders, law enforcement, private security, military, doctors, nurses, medical support professionals, industrial and business office safety personnel, fire inspectors, construction inspectors, code enforcement, CERT members, CPR/First Aid trained individuals, child and youth safety workers, lawyers, protocol developers, risk assessment, and ham radio operators.
Members of the ministry have many opportunities to serve the church, from simply staying informed of tools and procedures available to them as a Good Samaritan responder, through augmenting our safety staff during high attendance church events on and off campus, and through our committee meetings quarterly to assist in developing a culture of church safety.
Are you an individual who brings one of these very specialized spiritual gifts to the church body? Contact us to find out more.