A Heart for God and A Heart for the City


We reach out and touch the lives and hearts of many people in and around First Church through many ways, and we encourage you to join any of our outreach programs to show that you have a 'heart for God and a heart for the city.'


Make a difference in your life and the lives of people around you!

Urban Empowerment Project

First UMC nurtures partnerships with the faculty staff and students at Eugene Butler Middle School and Edward Waters College through volunteering, an afternoon school program, and more!

To learn more about our partnerships please contact

Kera Mitchell or Rev. Tiffany McCall!


Family Promise Host Church

First Church is privileged to be a host church for Family Promise of Jacksonville - a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness. Visit their website (click here) for more information!


For information on how you can help and get involved please contact our Family Promise Host Week Coordinator Kitty McGill or the church office!

Eileen's Workshop

"EILEEN’S WORKSHOP" meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 10:00am in the multi-media area on the first floor of the Boyd Building to create pillows, soft toys, chart  bags, and much more for the comfort of patients at Shands, Summer Brook Health Care Center, Methodist Children’s Village, and many more places.


Everybody is welcome to join this crafty ministry at First UMC!


ACTS Circle

The ACTS (Actively Caring Through Sharing) Circle is made up of women at First Church who want to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community.  They meet once a month for lunch and a business meeting to plan and carry out their projects. The projects include supporting D.E.S.C., the Methodist Childrens' Village, hungry children at a local elementary school, gathering clothing for local children, and many more.


The current chair woman is Susan Russel.  You can reach her at  (904) 234-5823 or email her at susanfred42@att.net .


Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery meets every Saturday evening in the First UMC Fellowship Hall, sharing in dinner, contemporary praise and worship,and small groups from 6:00pm  until 9:00pm.

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to celebrate God's healing power in our lives through 8 recovery principles found in the Beatitudes. By working and applying these principles, we begin to grow spiritually and become willing to accept God's grace in solving our problems. Change takes place as we share our experiences, hopes and strengths with each other. We gain freedom from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, joy, serenity and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

For more information, contact Nancy O'Rourke at (904) 633-9316 or contact the church office!


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