Pastor's Welcome Message

Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Florence

Welcome to our church, a church with great programs and worship which is missional in the world and community. First United Methodist has a great history but an even better modern ministry in the middle of a beautiful city.

Our church has remained a very close and supportive fellowship as we have reached out and grown. People are serving in ministries and missions outside the walls of the church and are very loving and supportive of the needs of our loved ones inside the congregation.

Children’s ministry is a priority with activities almost every week for growth in faith as well as fun and friendship. The youth program is not only a worshipping and learning group, they have been in service to others. These programs are vital, growing, and a priority for the congregation.

First United Methodist Church of Florence is proud of its mission outreach. Every Sunday at noon we provide a meal to anyone who wants to come. This meal begins with a short worship service and the group is researching the next steps for helping people further through this program.  Members of the congregation and staff are personally involved in missions to Honduras, Latvia, and Nigeria, supported by this generous congregation.

In the Parable of the Sower, some of the seeds are planted in fertile ground. They sprout, grow, and bear fruit, yielding a harvest of much more than was planted. That is the story of our beloved First United Methodist Church. Started in 1822, it has continued to bear fruit and is in one of its most productive and alive eras. 

I pray if you are searching for an alive and worshipping congregation, you will come and visit our church, and that you will be loved, challenged, and nourished for spiritual growth.

Rev. Robert Sparkman