Who We Are
Welcome to North Lakeland Presbyterian Church; we're glad you're here. We are a forward thinking, forward moving congregation that is based in Biblical teaching and the call of Jesus Christ on our lives. Twenty years ago several folks recognized the need for a Presbyterian ministry on the north side of Lakeland, Fl. With the help of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay and a local church, a site was found on the corners of Grady Mock Drive, Socrum Loop Road, and Old Polk City Road. It's a great location for growth, and in the past years we have grown to a congregation of over 500 members. In 2005 we dedicated a new sanctuary that seats 750, has a projection screen to aid worship, and a professional sound booth. For those with special needs we provide hearing assistance and wheelchair accessibility. We welcome all who are looking for a church home every Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30.
The third Sunday of each month in the Fellowship Hall, THE BRIDGE is added as a contemporary service at the same 10:30 hour, featuring music, scripture, and sermon. This is an exciting and growing ministry of worship.
Our Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. with a nursery available and classes for children through seniors. We include the Friendship class which is a special needs group. Bible study and prayer opportunity is offered through Monday for Me, Women's Circles, men's Bible studies, and of course, Sunday School.
Young people are very important here and we have a special youth building for their needs. Some of the programs we have for kids include Wednesday night GLOW which welcomes kids in grades 2 through 5 for music, crafts, Bible stories, and a meal. Middle School and High Schoolers meet in their own building on Wednesday evenings and for Sunday School and fun. These young people are involved in mission programs that have taken them to Brazil, Washington D.C., Appalachia, and other places. They sponsor car washes, luncheons, and other events to support their trips and summer programs.
Our social program is also active and important. Young adults, Christian Parents, Fabulous Fifties, and senior groups like Friday Fellowship, Glowing Embers, and Primetimers round out the times for the congregation to enjoy time together.
Our music and drama programs are outstanding, giving opportunities to participate in Chancel Choir, orchestra, organ and grand piano, handbell choir, praise music, duets, soloists, children's choruses. The Drama department produces an annual musical which has included "The Music Man", "The Wizard of OZ", "Sound of Music", and others. We invite everyone to try out and take part.
Of course, we have several opportunities for folks to fellowship and grow together as Christian friends. The youth groups meet weekly, young adults meet on Thursday, Fabulous Fifties gather occasionally, seniors have monthly gatherings such as Friday Fellowship, Primetimers, and Glowing Embers.
Some of the programs we delight in include Buddy Break (a respite for caregivers of special needs children), Beth-El Migrant Farm Workers, Meals on Wheels, Faith and Fiction discussion group, and more!
We offer to the community services such as Cub Scouts, Grief Share, Alcoholics Anonymous, high school testing center, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army,Lighthouse Ministries, Anchor House, and services to those in the military.
Please join us as we serve our God, our community, and each other