In July 2014, lightning struck the Inverness First United Methodist Church campus. Because of the severity of the damages caused by the lightning strike, the very difficult decision was made to place the IFUMC church campus on the real estate market.

Immediately, God worked in mighty and powerful ways and breathed new life into IFUMC. We began worship at Pleasant Grove Elementary School. In the following days, office space was rented and as we partnered with other local businesses, we embraced new, creative ways to do church!

Eighteen acres of land located at 1140 Turner Camp Road was purchased on December 31, 2015. This property will become IFUMC's new church home. The Church Office is now located on the new church property in an existing single family home that has been converted into a very nice office space. In the coming months, a new multipurpose church campus will be designed and built. The North Central District of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has approved the initial building project, a contractor has been hired, and building will soon commence.

After nearly three years of worshipping in Pleasant Grove Elementary School's cafeteria, we have now rented a "temporarily permanent" space at 130 Heights Avenue, Inverness, next door to Angelotti's  Pizza. This will allow a place for weekly worship and other activities while our new church campus is being built.

 IFUMC continues to worship God, study the Scriptures, build relationships, and serve the Inverness community. We are a church that offers Christ's love and hope to all. Come grow with us!

Throughout these entirely unexpected years filled with many challenges and transitions, IFUMC knows these things for certain:  God always provides! God makes all things new!

--Vision Statement--

“Inverness First United Methodist Church aspires to be an accepting community of Christian believers called by Christ to faithfully serve God and others with excellence.”

--Core Values--

 We want to do everything for the glory, honor and praise of Jesus Christ. This is why we have adopted S.A.F.E. in Christ to help illustrate our church's core values and the individuals and community of faith that we will work to live into.

--S.A.F.E in Christ--

Service - Our role as a church is to be the hands and feet of Christ within our community, country and world. We do this by serving others in a multitude of ways. We all have different gifts but we all want to serve together for the glory of God.
1 Peter 4:10:  Each one should use whatever he has received to serve others.

Acceptance - We are all called to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are all broken people. We all have stories. Our mission as a church is to accept all of God's creation and to share God's unconditional love with all. We gladly open our hearts and doors to all people, no matter their age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or background.
Romans 15:7:  Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you.

Faithfulness - Our faith in God is the cornerstone of everything that we do. We trust in God to love us, guide us, and provide for us. As a church, we aim to live out our faith in all that we do.
Titus 3:5: He saved us, not because of works done by us...but according to his mercy.

Excellence - Excellence honors God and inspires people. Not everything we do will be perfect but it will be done to the best of our ability.
Deuteronomy 6:5: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength.

--What We Believe--

Our beliefs as United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. We believe Jesus Christ heals the brokenness of our lives and times.

--About the Trinity--

We believe in the Trinity. The threefold nature of God is commonly referred to as Father, Son and Holy Spirit or in other ways such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

We believe in God who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that Jesus was both human and divine and that through his death and resurrection, God reconciled the world. Through this reconciliation, we each are offered forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We are liberated to live in the reality of the Kingdom of God on earth.  We believe that Jesus’ life offers a pattern of humility and service toward which we should each strive in our own lives. We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us, actively participating in a way that awakens us to God’s will and strengthens us to live obediently.

--About the Bible--

The Bible serves as our primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe the Bible is a “living” document and that each Christian should study both the Old and New Testaments as a way of deepening their spiritual life.

--About the Kingdom of God--

We believe the Kingdom of God is a future reality and a present hope.

--About Baptism and Holy Communion--

With many other Protestants, we recognize these two sacraments in which Christ himself participated. We practice both adult and infant baptism. We share in Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month and consider this a formative time in our community life. We practice "open communion," welcoming all to share in this holy sacrament.

For more information about the United Methodist Church, please visit www.umc.org