Interested in becoming more connected with 1st Church, strengthening your relationship with God and serving Him to help make a difference in your community? You are invited to attend the 1st Steps Class, which grants the opportunity to learn more about how you can take the first step towards joining the 1st Church family. During the two sessions, you will have the ability to meet many of our staff members, ask questions, and learn more about 1st Church and the United Methodist Church.

Registration is necessary, as we need to ensure materials are available for all attendees.  Please fill out the following registration form to allow us to reserve your spot our next available class.

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How Do I Meet People?

Our church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at this church.

Small Groups

Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has small Bible studies held in member homes and on the Church campus. The size of the group often varies.  At a time designated by your group leader you can participate in the small group study. We have a variety of groups available meeting throughout the week.
Children’s Ministry
Each Sunday morning at 9:15 am, children get to participate in their own Worship experience with Illuminate Children’s Ministry. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of our teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. Sunday evenings, Illuminate Connect offers the children opportunities for more worship through music, dance, art and other exciting outlets.  Illuminate is open to all children from age 3 up to grade 5, and a nursery is available in rooms 11 and 12 on Sunday mornings for our Infants and toddlers.
Youth Ministry
The youth ministry of our church is recognized for their love of missions, dedication to community and support of Church activities.  We have many different opportunities available to help our teens grow in their faith.  Every Sunday, our Youth attend Sunday school during the 9:15 am worship service, and then return at 5 pm for a time of fellowship, faith and fun at the United 4 Him Youth Group meeting. The youth group is open to all students in grades 6 through 12.

Young Adults

Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of our church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people.

Women’s Group

Women’s groups give the ladies in our church family special times of interaction. Our monthly women’s Circle groups are times of Bible study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church and help to make up the United Christian Women which meets several times throughout the year.  Through events such as the Ladies’ Tea, Ladies Gathering, the Thanks-Offering gathering and Game Day, the ladies have the opportunity to fellowship with each other, and help raise awareness about ministries and outreaches in our local community.

Men’s  Group

The Men’s Ministry at 1st United Methodist Church is focused on encouraging and developing men of all ages.  The men meet monthly from October through April to share a meal together, and learn from a variety of special speakers and programs.  They also sponsor a monthly Community Pancake Breakfast on the second Saturday of the month, where you can get an awesome breakfast for only $6 per person.

 1st United Methodist Church is located on the corner of West Marion Avenue and Gill Street in the heart of Punta Gorda, Florida.  We provide plenty of parking on our campus as well as on the surrounding roads. Parking entrances are available on Marion Avenue, McGregor Street, and Olympia Avenue.


  • From I-75 please take Exit 164 and turn west on Duncan Road (US 17 West), continuing onto Marion Avenue for approximately 2.7 miles.  1st Church will be on your left hand side.
  • From Fort Myers/Cape Coral, take US 41 North into Punta Gorda, turning Left on W. Marion Avenue.  Crossing over US 41 South, the church will be approximately 1/2 mile on the left hand side.
  • From Port Charlotte, take US 41 South over the Peace River Bridge, turning right onto W. Marion Avenue.  The Church will be approximately 1/3 of a mile on the left hand side.

First United Methodist Church has been blessed with a fantastic campus consisting of our original Sanctuary, our multi-purpose Life Center, the Fellowship Hall, and various classrooms. If you need any assistance while on our beautiful campus, please feel free to let us know. We are here to serve. This map will assist you in being able to navigate our campus easily.  Click the image for a printable version.

fumc campus map

For further directions and service information please call our church office at (941) 639-3842.  Our Church office is open 9 am until 4 pm, Monday through Thursday for your convenience.

1st United Methodist Church – 507 W Marion Ave  – Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Office: 941.639.3842
Current Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9 am until 4 pm.
Join us for worship by clicking on the “Watch Online”  button on our homepage, or you may find our services on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Our Mission: To Offer New Life in Jesus Christ by Seeking, Shaping, and Sending Disciples.

8:00 AM – Praise in the Park
Join us every Sunday at the Gilchrist Park Pavilion for a beautiful waterfront service. We ask that you bring your lawn chairs or blankets, wear your masks and practice social distancing for your own safety.
9:00 – Contemporary Worship
Held in our Life Center, this service features music from our Praise Band, who leads us in contemporary praise and worship songs, followed by a message from God’s Word. We ask that you please wear your masks and practice social distancing for your own safety.
11:00 – Traditional Worship
This service is currently meeting in our Life Center.  It features music from our talented musicians, along with hymns and liturgy, followed by a message from God’s Word. We do ask that you wear your masks and practice social distancing for your own safety.