Come join us!
In Person Worship at 10:30 am OR Online Worship Service, watch here on Sundays at 10:30 am.
For those who plan to attend worship in person, please let us know by email or phone so we can prepare accordingly.  We will follow the guidelines as set by the Conference and the CDC with:   
  1. Requesting you wear a mask. 
  2. Use the hand sanitizers at the door 
  3. Have your temperature taken at the door 
  4. We will have social distancing with the seating. 
  5. We will not be singing out loud, but you may hum along with the songs played.   
Sunday, Dec 6, 2020
4 PM
Bradenton Fine Arts Concert Series Presents Handel’s Messiah,
a Virtual Concert.
George Frederick Handel’s cherished Messiah is fast becoming one of First Church’s holiday traditions. This virtual concert of the Christmas portion of Messiah will be performed by choir, soloists and orchestra. Be sure to share this beautiful Christmas gift with a friend.
Check back for link coming soon! 
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020 
10 AM – 12 PM 
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Christmas?
Are you dreading the holidays knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?
We will be holding a “Surviving the Holidays” seminar, led by Sandy Pulos with the Samaritan Counseling Services, for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:
How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face
What to do about traditions and other coming changes
Helpful tips for surviving social events
How to discover hope for your future
You’ll be welcomed by warm, caring people who understand what you are going through and who want to help
When: Dec. 9th
Time: 10-Noon
Where: Fellowship Hall
Refreshments will be served
Please contact the church office to register by Dec. 7th 941-747-4406

Hand Up to Victory 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner

Name of the event:
Hand Up to Victory 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner
Cost per person: $100/plate
Date: Sunday 12/6
Time: 5:30p – 7:30p
Location: Oasis Church
5215 Lorraine Rd
Bradenton, FL 34211
PLEASE RSVP: (941)296-5959
We’re also looking for help to make this event even better and would greatly appreciate your assistance. Volunteer today
Hand Up to Victory serves men and women coming out of jail, hospitals, detox, and those struggling on the streets with addiction. We provide assistance with housing costs (to halfway houses and recovery programs), and also provide food, clothing and hygiene products. We then help to find fulltime jobs that hire convicted felons so that they can once again be productive members of society. We have also recently added a cell phone program for qualified individuals so they can receive a call back after putting in job applications!
603 11th Street West
Bradenton, FL  34205
Join us in church or online – Sundays at 10:30 am
Church Office Hours:
(as of 11/19/2020)
Monday- Thursday
9 am – 4 pm
Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
To contact
Pastor Clark Edwards
or the church office,

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Rev. H. Clark Edwards is currently in his 5th year as our Lead Pastor here at First United Methodist Church of Bradenton. 
Pastor Edwards grew up on a tobacco farm in Lamont, Florida . While growing up he attended the local United Methodist Church where he eventually surrendered to give his life to Christ and the call of ministry. The local Church was most “influential” in shaping who I am today! 
Pastor Edwards is a graduate of Jefferson County High School in Monticello , Florida where he was on the high school track team and Tallahassee Community College, Florida State University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta , Georgia.
In addition to serving local churches in Florida, Pastor Edwards has also served as Chair of the Florida Conference Mission Team where he represented the Florida Conference in visiting Cuba and Haiti. He has also served as Chair of the Florida Conference Episcopacy Committee and also served on the Tampa District Board of Ordained Ministry. Pastor Edwards was selected among 50 other Pastors to travel to Israel.
Pastor Edwards is married for over 40 years to his wife Donna, who is a Nurse Consultant. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Pastor Edwards is an avid sportsman who loves spending time outdoors fishing, hunting and target shooting and special times with his dogs Red and Rocky.  He loves Florida State Football and watching the Tampa Bay Rays.
My ‘Passion for the ministry is seeing Christ make a difference in the lives of others. He changed me and I know He can change the hearts of others!  I am delighted to be here in Bradenton and serve this community of Manatee County.  Our mission at First UMC Bradenton is “Transforming lives through showing Christ’s love.'”