Open hearts, Open doors, and open minds

The first Sunday of May in the year 1921, services were held for the first time in the current church building  at 200 South Lake Avenue in Avon Park, but the Methodist Church in the City of Charm had been conducting worship for quite some time before that.

  It was in 1914, through the efforts of Mr. & Mrs E.L. Hockersmith, a group began to meet on Sunday afternoons to have Sunday School sessions. According to documents from the archives of the Avon Park Historical Society, the church itself was organized that same year following a "tent revival" which was held on Lake Avenue just north of the Mall.
Rev. J.G. Holt was the preacher.

The congregation moved from place to place over the years, first meeting in the old schoolhouse. They later met in city hall, then gathered at an old tin building on Forest Street. Their final church was in the theater building on Main Street.
   It was at the Second Quarterly Conference in 1919 a building program was authorized. Specifications for a brick structure was approved. The estimated cost was set between $10,000 -- $12,000. Mr. C.E. Lanier and Mr. Chesley Skipper donated the land between Lake Avenue and Forest Street for the building.   In later years, a parsonage was added.

Life as a Disciple of Christ Jesus

Romans 10:8-12
 “What does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

   Life in the Church is the means of growth and development as a disciple.  

   New Memebers Celebration Cake below


  1. Make a joyful noise

    Perform with our choir or the Praise Band.

  2. Be a greeter/usher

    This is a great way to get to know members.

  3. Behind the scenes
    Join our technical, grounds or kitchen crews.

The first Sunday of each month includes a fellowship dish-to-pass after worship.  If you are a Methodist, you know how good the food is. If you are not a Methodist yet, then you should talk to Rev. Rick Stackhouse about that. UMMMM good! :)

Our Fellowship Luncheon

The Ladies luncheon meets on Friday at noon every other month. Next meeting is on or around September 11, 2015. All are welcome; please contact Isla Coburn at 863-453-3759 or at for more information.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Matthew 19:14 NIVe.

Fellowship fun at the Ice Cream Social the FOOD, the Music, and the fellowship was wonderful. July 4th weekend 2016.

Talent in Motion!

Our Motto is Faith in Motion!

First United Methodist Church of

Avon Park

The Quilting and Sewing Club

There are talents here that inspire and fellowship and friendships that stands the test of time.

For the meeting times and more information please contact.

Carol Stackhouse



Carolyn Ross