Get to know Palmwood Church

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to love God extravagantly, to love people with humility, and to mentor others to do the same.

Sunday Gatherings

The Palmwood Church family is authentically about building lasting relationships. To that end, we try to keep our worship gatherings relaxed, friendly and biblical. We believe that the Bible is God's timeless and timely Word, and we try to help people apply it to their daily lives. Our worship is essentially simple and almost "unplugged" by design, contemporary in style but including some of the great hymns of the Christian Faith. Our preaching is biblical, and our setting (being in the YMCA) is rather informal. We provide ministry for children, but they are also always welcome to stay with their parents as we worship Jesus together.

Time & Location

Due to COVID-19 our Sunday Services stream live at 11:00am Eastern each week.

What to expect

  • We give guests a warm, heart-felt welcome
  • We strive to foster a true, family atmosphere where kids are welcome and families worship together
  • We dress casually (although jeans, shorts, business casual and “Sunday best” are also welcome!)
  • We believe in the power of prayer and make it a significant part of our time together
  • We love the Word of God (the Bible) and have made it the very foundation of our worship

Common Questions

***Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are not currently meeting in the YMCA. While the answers to questions below are still valid, there are some necessary changes due to our current circumstances. Feel free to contact the church for additional information.
Yes! Our childcare is provided by the wonderful and professional child development staff of the Oviedo YMCA. All have passed rigorous background checks and are trained in first aid. For those visiting Palmwood Church, childcare is provided up through age 3. We ask that children age 4 and older attend the worship service with their families through our time of praise and worship, then they will be escorted next door to a classroom for Children’s Church provided by Palmwood Church volunteers (who also have passed background checks). Parents for children ages 4 to 7 (completing first grade) may elect to have their young ones return to the worship center for the end of the service or join the YMCA staff down the hall in Club Y (a special release form will have to be signed). For more info: visit the Welcome Table at the main entrance.
Yes! Our Midrash Youth (“Learning to Live Like Jesus”) is for students in middle and high school. Our weekly meetings provide a heavy emphasis on inductive bible study so that our teens can learn to study and understand the scriptures for themselves. We also have monthly fun gatherings (F3 – Fun, Food & Fellowship), and quarterly service outreaches so that serving others becomes a normal part of life. For more info: or call the church at (321) 348-0020.
We strive in all that we do to love God extravagantly, to love people with humility, and to mentor others to do the same.
God has given us a wonderful opportunity to partner with the Oviedo YMCA to serve our community.
We understand and so does God! People come to the YMCA to work out. You may have seen us worshipping and felt drawn in to investigate. You are welcome regardless of how you’re dressed – and whether or not you were here when the worship gathering began – really! Our greeters will help you find a place to sit. We’re truly glad you’re here.
We consider our Sunday offering to be Palmwood “Family Business,” and no guests are ever expected to contribute. If you want to, that is entirely your choice. But feel free to just smile and pass the plate to the next person
If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then by all means! We have an “open” communion, which means that you do not have to be a member of Palmwood Church to join us in this celebration. However, we do believe that this sacrament is reserved for those who have professed their faith in Jesus. If you have not made this commitment yet, just smile and pass the elements to the next person. Please note: Our communion bread is always gluten-free.
You are free to participate at whatever level you feel comfortable. We project the words to our worship songs, but you may also simply want to watch and listen if the songs are unfamiliar. If you have a bible with you, great! Look up the scripture references and follow along as we read from the Word of God. If not, no problem! We also project the words on the screen. And please note that you are always invited to take a bible, at no charge, from the Welcome Table if you do not have one of your own but would like one.
Yes! Palmwood Church has several weeknight LifeGroups and will also be holding some new Bible studies here at the YMCA this fall. Ask at the Welcome Table for more information.
We love questions! And we want you to feel free to ask. If your questions need immediate answers, we have team members at the Welcome Table and greeters just inside the door of the worship center. You can identify them by their Palmwood Ministry Team badges. Ask your question to anyone wearing a Palmwood badge. Our pastors, John Kimball (Lead Pastor) and Michael Brinkley (Assistant Pastor) also serve as YMCA Chaplains. We have regular hours here in the Oviedo Branch of the YMCA. Ask at the Welcome Table for more information.

Plan a visit

Would you like to meet with one of the pastors? Would you like to be our guest for Sunday worship or to check out a LifeGroup? We would love the opportunity to make your first visit a great one by connecting you with one of our leaders who can serve as an ambassador for you and your family when you come. If that would be a blessing to you, please call the church office at (321) 348-0020. Our staff will be delighted to help you.

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