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The Portico is Tampa’s “front porch” – the gathering place for the vibrant, emerging downtown community. It is an open book where residents write the pages of our future together. We envision festivals, concerts, social and interest groups, as well as community service projects. Get directions.


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7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Join us for a unique Christmas gathering in downtown at the Portico campus for an evening of carols, prayers and fellowship. We will gather at the Portico at 7:30 p.m. and, after a brief gathering time, will travel a few city blocks, singing and praying as we go. We will also stop at several stations along the way to gather in song and pray for the neighborhood. Following the walk, we will gather back at the Portico for hot chocolate and cookies.


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All events are open to everyone in the community and are a great way to invite your friends.

  • Urban Art Mart | View images from this great event in the gallery at the bottom of this page.



6:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at The Portico  in the Conference Room
Engage and learn about important social issues that affect our faith  After viewing the film, there is an optional discussion and reflection on the film. All screenings are free and open to the public. Visit DocNight@ThePortico for schedule and information.


Helping People in Human Trafficking

We have established a supply closet at The Portico that will house items for the rescue victims of human trafficking, and serve as a central supply depot for the many agencies who assist in the rescue and rehabilitation process. Those who are rescued from these circumstances are in need of basic necessities while they are rehabilitating. Contact Bob Douglass, The Portico Administrator, for more information at 813.253.5388, ext. 403.



Groups for men and women who want to heal the bad habits, hurts or hang-ups that we can’t get past. Regroup uses spiritual principles of the Bible, fellowship, honesty and confidentiality to let go of the past and recognize the loving redemptive power of power of Christ. Contact The Rev. Justin LaRosa for more information at 813.253.5388, ext. 404.

  • reGroup Men’s recovery/support group 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays  |  Downtown Conference room
  • reGroup Men & Women’s recovery/support group 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays  |  Downtown Library Room


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Our community encourages dialogue and welcomes conversation about God, faith and service. We hope you will share your views, dreams and interests as we journey together toward creating a more compassionate, loving city. Find out more here.

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The Portico is the Downtown Initiative of Hyde Park United Methodist