Welcome to First Naples!

We come together each week in worship to celebrate and honor God, who loved us first. Through worship, God’s grace shapes us to live our lives sharing joy, hope, wholeness, and peace. We celebrate baptism and communion as outward signs of God’s grace in our hearts. There are enough seats at Christ’s table for everyone, so please come join us!

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7 (ESV)

Our History

We are blessed for being the very first church in Naples, Florida. In 1891, Naples consisted of sandy beaches, a 600 foot-long pier that extended into the gulf of Mexico, and a 16 room hotel, the Naples Hotel. There were no phones or electricity, and there were barely any roads established. So, in 1891 Reverend Gatewood, was sent by the Methodist Conference to establish churches for families living in South West Florida. He organized the Everglades Circuit. First United Methodist Church of Naples is a direct result of the Everglades Circuit. The term for each minister was short, because of the hardships and hazards and numerous mosquitoes, sand flies, snakes, and wild animals. During the beginning stages, several missions were established. We continue to carry out  local and regional missions and continue to grow in faith with our surrounding community.

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Our Mission

"To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World."          

Making Disciples means that we will:

* Help people to know Jesus for the first time, so that they will  realize their sins have been forgiven, repent and accept the wonderful gift of salvation

* Help people grow in their faith and be transformed by the  Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus every day, loving God with all their heart.

* Help to alleviate suffering in the world as Jesus has asked us to do in Matthew 25, by loving our neighbor.

EVERYTHING we do at FUMC, and every penny we spend, should support Jesus' mission in the world.

Our Beliefs

The United Methodist Church is an 12.8-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world.  We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage. We share a common heritage and basic affirmations with all Christian communities. For more information, please click Our Christian Roots

Learn how Wesley and early Methodists invited people to experience God's grace and grow in Christian living by putting faith and love into action.  For more information, please click Wesleyan Heritage

United Methodists, like many other Protestants, recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord's Supper.  For more information, please click Sacraments

 The foundation of Christian living is faith in Christ.  Faith does not happen overnight, but rather is a journey.  But little by little, most of us deepen our relationship with God.  For more information about Christian Living please click Christian Living

Sunday Worship Services

Traditional Worship

Our 10:15 am worship, held in our sanctuary, blends traditional liturgies, creative worship arts including our chancel choir, soloists, instrumental ensembles, organ, piano, and the Word of God in scripture and sermon.

Communion Sunday - 1st Sunday of the Month

 You are invited to join us. We have an open table, all are welcome!

"This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." - Luke 22:19

Anointing & Healing Sunday - 4th Sunday of the Month

The ministry of healing, as taught to us in James 5:13-16, provides healing from brokenness. This brokenness may come from sin, grief, or loneliness; it may come from physical, mental or emotional pain or illness.  On Anointing Sundays you are invited to come to the altar for the healing touch of a blessing and prayer for you or a loved one.

Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Nancy Mayeux (pronounced MY-you) was born in New York and moved to Florida as a teenager.  She attended the University of Miami and began a 25-year career in international business, living and working in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  When God called her to full-time ordained ministry, she was managing the Latin American operations for high-tech companies.

Pastor Nancy returned to school to obtain her Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando.  While attending seminary, and after ordination, she was appointed to churches in Palm Coast, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.

Her last appointment, where she served for 8 years, was a multicultural church with three congregations:  Anglo, Hispanic, and Micronesian.  Nancy's mother was Cuban, so Nancy speaks Spanish fluently; she also learned Portuguese which has helped her in the business world.

 Pastor Nancy and husband John have been married 37 years, and have been partners in raising children, in the business world, and now in ministry.  Their two daughters are 33 & 34.  Birth daughter Lauren lives in Orlando.  Adopted Korean daughter Trish is married and lives in Texas with her husband Selby and daughter Anya and son Aiden.

Meet Our Staff

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Vanessa Fletcher

Director of Discipleship &

Youth Ministries

Arthea Brimmer

Arthea Brimmer

Organist & Pianist

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Ashley Kronwetter

Administrative Assistant &

Wesley Kids Coordinator

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Crystal Gibbs

Custodian &

Children's Ministry Assistant

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Alicia Silvin

MDS Preschool Director 

 

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Jean Berhorst

Book-keeper