We seek to fulfill our vision of helping people grow into fully devoted disciples of Jesus, guided by our values. We draw inspiration from John Wesley’s strategy for making disciples in 18th century England: “For each wave of grace, there was a corresponding formative element to connect people to that grace…this conscious alignment is one of Wesley’s finest legacies to the Christian tradition.” The Way to Heaven by Steve Harper, pg. 121. We have identified four key stages in the journey to becoming a fully devoted disciple. These four stages form our process for making fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Ministries that engage and invite unchurched people in our community to experience the love of Jesus through the body of Christ.
Digital & Social Media
Through our website and Facebook page we make Christ and ourselves known – who He is, who we are, and what we’re doing.
Oneco Elementary School
We collect school supplies and school uniform clothing for Oneco Elementary School students who are in need.
“High on Jesus” Addiction Ministry
A meal is served at 6:30; the program goes from 7 – 8:30. We make Jesus the centerpiece of the 12-step recovery program.
Christmas Tree Sales
Our Church imports and sells live Christmas Trees in order to raise funds and connect with our community
Trunk or Treat
We line up our cars with trunks filled with candy. This is a fun time where we get to love and know our local families and children.
Bi-Annual Yard Sales
We collect and prepare items for fall and spring sales with a view to helping the unfortunate in our community
We provide bagged food on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Using our outdoor sign, we seek to share the message of Jesus and His love to all who drive.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
Our Scouts meet every Tuesday evening for personal growth and service.
Ministries that help people connect to Jesus and the Oneco Church family.
Weekly Wednesday Night Suppers
You and your friends are invited to a truly scrumptious feast prepared by our Wednesday Night Meal Team. We come together at 6:00 PM each Wednesday in our Fellowship Hall. We ask that you sign up either at our Sunday morning service (bulletin insert), or by calling the church office (941-755-5943) by Mondays before noon. Meals are “love-offering only”.
New Membership Class
This class is for those considering joining Oneco United Methodist Church. We discuss our beliefs, core values, mission, vision, and the process by which we assist you in becoming a fully devoted follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. We also assist you in more fully connecting with our church. This is also a great time for you to ask any questions you may have. This class is offered three times a year on a Sunday afternoon.
Bible Club Meetings at Oneco Elementary School
Greeters and Ushers
A church greeter/usher is the first and last person people see when visiting a church. They open doors and welcome guests and regular attenders with a smile, hug or handshake both when they arrive and leave. Greeters/ushers answer questions and give worshipers information which helps them engage in the worship service.
Ministries that help people have a growing and transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
This two-hour, weekly meeting includes small group accountability, plus the study of spiritual books in the larger group setting. For the person who is hungering and thirsting to become more like Jesus, and is willing to make a significant commitment, this is the place to be.
Our adult Sunday School class meets Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM. We use a Biblical, Wesleyan curriculum, and meet for study, prayer, and fellowship in the He-brews room on the first floor of the eastern Sunday School building. Everyone is invited. Come and join us!
Our worship service meets at 9:00 AM in our sanctuary which faces 53rd Avenue. Our goal is to lift up and exalt our magnificent God! The Bible is preached in an inspiring and practical style. Our music is traditional and blended.Children’s Church is offered. “Come as you are.”
We have a weekly Bible/Prayer meeting after each Wednesday night dinner at 6:45 PM. We have singing, Bible Study, and prayer. We meet in the He-brews room on the first floor of our eastern education building.
Our worship choir exists to lead us in song as we worship and praise our risen Lord. They are a major part of our worship service. If you love to sing and praise God, our choir would love to have you! Practice is Thursdays at 6:30PM.
Our Lord has given you wonderful talents! There are many places and ways in which you can serve our Lord Jesus and His church. Let us help you find a place where you can bear fruit for Jesus Christ and serve our community.
Ministries that release God’s people to be the heart, hands, feet and words of Jesus to our community and world.
Learn To Fish Recovery
“Learn to Fish” is a Christian addiction recovery ministry for women. We invite these wonderful ladies to be our guests at our Wednesday night supper and Bible study. We also take them bread and provide a Bible study at their location.
Carenet Manasota Pregnancy Center
This precious organization provides love, guidance, counseling, and free resources for pregnant and post-pregnant women (and their families) facing an unplanned crisis pregnancy. We support them financially through an annual baby-bottle campaign.
United Methodist Men and Women
These organizations provide many opportunities to be in mission in our community Both groups meet monthly and would love to have you join them.
Harvest House Russo Campus
We support this Christians men’s transitioning halfway house.
Monthly visitation with an encouraging message and the Lord’s Supper.
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home
We support these dear children by taking up a special offering every 5th Sunday.
All Africa Christian University in Cameroon, Africa
We send our pastor to teach the students for three weeks, every other year.
Oneco Elementary School Student Mentoring
We spend one-on-one time, weekly, with students in need of love and support